Wordless Wednesday: Pond Swans

It is the first time we have seen two pond cygnets this year and they are looking well, albeit less muscular than the seven river cygnets.

It is lovely to meet them as last year we did not see any cygnets on the pond.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC: September Color – Dark Greens

Silent Sunday: Safe Haven

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Sanctuary

Caring for River Wildlife

It is an honour and a great pleasure to contribute four photographs to the 2022 Calendar for the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust that cares for our local river wildlife.

The river meets the sea here and we are blessed with the regular company of our resident swan family, mallard ducks, mandarin duck, goosander, oystercatcher, herring gull, heron and occasional visits by redshank, cormorant, wigeon and seals hunting for salmon.

Joe Telfer from the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust cares for injured birds and orphaned ducklings until they are ready to be released back into the wild and provides extra food when it is needed.

Our local wildlife is a great inspiration to me and I’m delighted to be able to give something back.

Copies of the 2022 Calendar are available from River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust, Nairn Bookshop and Strachans.

A special thank you to Iona Gibson for putting this beautiful calendar together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

CFFC: It’s a Small World

Silent Sunday: On a Bend in the River

The seven cygnets nesting on our river are ten weeks old today and the first white feathers are beginning to show.

You can see them at one week old in our earlier post Welcome to the World.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: The Bend

Silent Sunday: Welcome to the World

a pair of swans with seven one-week old cygnets
close up of two one-week old cygnets on the river
six one-week old cygnets feeding in the river with their mother

It was a true delight to see our local swans with seven one-week old cygnets on the river yesterday.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

We are deeply honoured and delighted that the second photograph above has been included in the Nairn River Swans & Waterfowl Trust’s 2022 Calendar. A warm-hearted thank you to Joe Telfer for all his work and to Iona Gibson for putting this beautiful calendar together.

Silent Sunday

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Favourites

Wordless Wednesday: Magic Awakening

Cairngorms National Park

a pair of mallard ducks in the shallows of the loch
a clear mountain stream flowing over stones and branches

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400 and f/14 – 1/40 s – ISO 500.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Shiny

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Awakening

Silent Sunday: Light on their Wings

close up of a swan feeding on plants in the pond
a pair of canada geese flying above the river

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 160 and f/7.1 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #144: Taking Flight

Wordless Wednesday: Building a Nest

a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below
a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below

Following on from our earlier post Swan Love, the cob (male swan) is building the nest whilst the pen (female swan) is feeding on extra minerals in the river below.

We wish you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Water Water Everywhere #72

Silent Sunday: Tranquil Sea

two shelducks approaching the beach from the Moray Firth at sunset
a pair of shelducks walking along the southern shore of the Moray Firth at sunset

Wishing you all a blessed Easter,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142 : You Pick It (Sunset)

Water Water Everywhere #71

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Tranquil

Silent Sunday: Swan Love

a pair of swans bonding with the cob dipping under water
a pair of swans bonding with their necks entwined
a pair of swans bonding on the river
a swan pair bonding on the river

The last cygnet has finally fledged and the swan pair are busy bonding and mating on the windswept river.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

CFFC: Birds of all Kinds

Your Daily Word Prompt: Overture