Tanka: Where Ducks Fly

Cairngorms National Park

close up of a male mallard duck, a drop of water falling from his beak in the loch

evening glow
on rustling leaves, a castle
this dance with time
a pause in all our journeys
before we fly away

© Xenia Tran

a mallard taking off from Loch an Eilein, the castle and hills shimmer in the evening glow

We wish you all a blessed and relaxing weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/5, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/250 s, ISO 100.

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45 thoughts on “Tanka: Where Ducks Fly”

      1. Duck energy – now there’s something I have never thought about before. 🙂 What a delightful idea – I must pay more attention next time I see some.

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  1. The photograph is amazing, Xenia! It really conveys space in the landscape. I had to look carefully for the ducks – how did you get them to do that? 🙂 My favourite lines in the haiku are:
    ‘this dance with time
    a pause in all our journeys’.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kim 💜 There is only one duck in the second image, the same male mallard as in the first image. He was taking off from the water and created a trail of splashes with his feet. I was using a high shutter speed on the camera that captured the motion of water on his ‘runway’ 🙂💖 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Brenda, lovely to see you here 🙂💖


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Jules 💜 There are so many varieties and even among the mallard ducks we see here they have very individual markings 🙂🦆

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