Wordless Wednesday: Natural Layers

greylag geese

 

greylag geese and seagulls in the estuary at low tide

 

greylag geese bathing and preening with herring gulls in the foreground

 

greylag geese bathing and preening at low tide

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 125 and f/6.5 1/160 s – ISO 250.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Layer

 

Haiku: Bouncing Light

 

a black headed gull preening himself beside two female mallards on a snow covered river bank

 

preening gull
the light that bounces
in the snow

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of snow on dead branches with starlight in a melting drop

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Depth of Field

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen

 

Haibun: Sanctuary

 

swans, grown up cygnets and mallard ducks in the snow-flanked river

 

The river bank and leafless trees are heavy with snow. Mallards, swans and cygnets mingle in the shallows. The sun is higher in the sky, her glow a little warmer. For nine months, this part of the river has been the cygnets’ home, their sanctuary. First there were seven. One of them, bright and brave, flew the nest nine weeks ago. Soon the remaining six will spread their wings to begin their own adventure.

winter wind
a flock of geese
stretches the sky

© Xenia Tran

 

swan parents with their cygnets by the snow-covered bank of the river

 

close up shot of three fully grown cygnets by a snow-covered river bank

These are the last images I have from the remaining cygnets. They were chased away by their parents the following day and encouraged to make their own way in the world. It’s been a joy watching them hatch, grow and develop. We wish them all a healthy and happy long life in the Highlands.

You can read about the first cygnet leaving the nest in last year’s post Into the World.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400.

 

Friendly Friday: Stay in Your Comfort Zone

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sanctuary

 

Silent Sunday: The Look of Love

 

a pen (female swan) swimming in the river in evening light

 

a pen and cob swimming past each other on the river

 

swan parents swimming closely past each other on the river

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 400, f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 500 and f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

 

Silent Sunday

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in January Y4 – Scintillating

 

Wordless Wednesday from the Banks of our River

 

a blackheaded gull standing in the river and tilting his head at the camera

 

An adult and two juvenile seagulls preening themselves by the river

 

a herring gull feeding in the river at low tide

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/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 160 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 320.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bank

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Immerse

 

Haiku: Delightful Company

 

a maturing cygnet with pink bill on the river with a female mallard duck

 

cygnets and ducks
delightful company
on the river

© Xenia Tran

 

one mature cygnet looks up at the camera whilst his sibling feeds below water

 

three mature cygnets swimming against the tide on the river

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, SettingsL f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 640, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem #1588: Delight in Company

 

Wordless Wednesday: Follow Me

 

close up shot of an oystercatcher wading into the sea

 

side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows

 

side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows

 

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 100, f/5.6, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 125.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Quest