Water, Swans, Loess Bluffs, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Funny, there’s one thing so many serene images have in common: water. Doesn’t everyone long for a lakeside/seaside/brookside view? Is it because we are 60% water, born swimming, and all little mermaids at heart? Perhaps it’s because that’s where we came from, historically speaking (you know, crawling out of the primordial soup and all)?

Here are some somewhat-serene swans at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri last week —

Swans - Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

Swan silhouettes in the evening light.

Swans - Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

Getting nibbley…

Swans - Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

Swans - Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

Still, sometimes there’s trouble in paradise.

Vacation trips are so much more enjoyable now that I don’t have to worry about my house. Water is not so peaceful and serene if it is leaking in the basement, for example.

Swans - Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

I kept trying for ‘seven swans a-swimming’ but six is the best I could do.

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

Look closely at the sky. Your screen isn’t dirty – there are geese flying in for the evening.

But back to the primordial soup — I’ve always thought it would be fun to come up with a recipe, something to have for dinner when feeling primeval or dining in a single cell. Pasta in little amoeba shapes would be tasty, oh, and spiralized vegetables, and maybe some asparagus for its weird look.

What would you put in your primordial soup?

More on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

More on the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (aka Squaw Creek)

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9 thoughts on “Water, Swans, Loess Bluffs, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

  1. Pingback: Serene: Observer – What's (in) the picture?

  2. ‘‘seven swans a-swimming’ I thought that was a lovely shot of six. Were you referring to seven as a lucky number here? Lovely alliteration with six. It’s so true that we are made up of mostly water. How about that – all soft, soluble and that we are all connected in much closer ways than we think. To me, a good soup would be something with natural ingredients, natural flavourings and spices.

    • This time of year I’m thinking of ‘seven swans a-swimming’ as part of the old countdown-song that ends with ‘partridge in a pear tree’ (which makes me think now that I could have been looking for ‘three French hens and two turtle doves’ while I was photographing birds. — if I knew what a French hen was, that is). There is Christmas music playing everywhere I go, even the Dentist office.
      And soup-wise, now you’ve got me wondering what spices would be most primordial…

  3. Beautiful photos of swans. It’s funny. White swans always seem so unusual to me, as in Australia our swans are all black.

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