Turquoise Serenity

Eurasian coots swimming in calm turquoise waters

I love this. Not in a look-at-my-photo-I'm-so-awesome sort of way. I just love the simplicity. I love that these are just birds doing bird things: pecking at the water, wading around... When I see this picture I want to be one of those birds. I want to just float in their surreal turquoise serenity.

This photo was taken in Geneva, Switzerland while I was on vacation with my husband for our 10th wedding anniversary. We were only in Geneva for one night, waiting for our flight out the next morning. So we walked along the shore of Lake Geneva (also known as Lac LĂ©man) as the sun went down, and the sky got dark.

great crested grebe
Great Crested Grebe
muscovy duck
Muscovy Duck
There were a lot of birds in the water. The birds in the featured image are are Eurasian coots, but there were also swans (including a georgous gray one!), great crested grebe, cormorants, herons, ducks, gulls, and one that looked like some kind of.. water chicken... a Muscovy duck. Not exactly as elegant as the coots above, but sweet just the same.