Beauty is all around us if we just stop and take the time to really look at what is right in front of us. This image is of an American Coot. Coots are one of the more common birds found throughout much of the US. They are so common that most of us don’t even pause to look at them. This particular individual swam back and forth right in front of me as if to say, “Stop and see the beauty in this common place and this common bird.” As I spent more time observing the Coot and the swirls in the water all around it, I had to stop and thank it for reminding me to See the Beauty in the Commonplace. For moments like these I am grateful.

American Coot