Tanka: Into the World

newly hatched
brimming with a lust for life
a cygnet
swimming beside his father
spring’s first hello

© Xenia Tran

at home
in the water, on land
a cygnet grows
strong wings, white feathers
autumn’s first farewell

© Xenia Tran

The most spirited and independent of the seven cygnets has flown the nest and we wish him well on his new journey.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160; f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320; f/5.6, 1/400 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.3, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

Carpe Diem #1556: Fleeting Autumn (yuki aki)

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Things with Wings

Wordless Wednesday: Holding the Light

close up of ice crystals on evergreens and wilting leaves
macro shot of evergreen covered in ice crystals
macro shot of ice crytals around the edges of the tip of a green leaf

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5, 1/80 s, ISO 250 and f/4.5, 1/125 s, ISO 250 with DMW LC55 Lens.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cold

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Brilliance

Wordless Wednesday: Memories

a seal snoozing on a sandbar with a big smile on her face
a male seal barking next to a snoozing sleeping seal on a sandbar, a heron stands across the water
three grey and white common seals snoozing on a sandbar

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 200 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Wordless Wednesday

Silent Sunday: River Party

swan parents with four cygnets and several mallard ducks on the river
close up shot of three fully grown cygnets in the river
three cygnets with their father in the foreground and a few mallards on the river

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 1600 and f/6.3, 1/200 s, ISO 1600.

Silent Sunday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio

Haiku: Two Sparrows

a female sparrow hanging on to a birdfeeder with seed in her beak

love eternal
around the suet feeder
autumn leaves

© Xenia Tran

a male and female sparrow hanging off a birdfeeder, eating from suet balls

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 125 and f/2.8, s/125 s, ISO 100.

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Haiku: Into Dusk

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

quiet dusk
her violets and gold
in full bloom

© Xenia Tran

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/80 s, ISO 125 and f/5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light