Wordless Wednesday: Summer Holidays

five colourful beach huts on the edge of the dunes overlooking the sea
a gentle surf breaking along the shore with rocks and outcrops in the distance

We’re taking a short Summer break and wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

You’re welcome to browse our archives while we’re away and we’ll be posting here again on Wednesday 17th July.

Thank you for all your support, it means a lot!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items

Silent Sunday: Choices

a female swan and cygnet feeding with another cygnet looking on
two downy cygnets watching their mother pull up pond weed from the water

To celebrate Lens-Artists’ first anniversary, we’re invited to submit our own choice for this week’s challenge.

We decided to share a few more pictures of the cygnets before they begin to grow their feathers. You can see more images of the remaining three cygnets in our earlier post Summer Cygnets.

Thank you dear Amy, Ann-Christine, Patti and Tina for hosting this lovely challenge over the past year – here’s to many more happy anniversaries to come!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #53: Your Choice

Wordless Wednesday: Sea Pinks

sea pinks growing on the rocks
close up shot of a cluster of sea pinks in bloom

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Serenity

one grazing sheep and five sheep relaxing in the grass
four sheep relaxing on a grassy hillside, one is sleeping

Wishing you all a serene Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #52: Serenity

Wordless Wednesday: Chive Blossom

macro shot of a chive bud opening into blossom
macro shot of a chive blossom newly flowered with a bumble bee feeding
macro shot of a mature chive blossom in dappled evening light

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Flower

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Summer Cygnets

nurturing
stillness of summer
a swan’s love

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet pulling up an underwater plant with his beak

gentle breeze
pulling up pond weed
the cygnet grows

© Xenia Tran

two three week old cygnets beside their mother, water splashing between them

two cygnets
between them the water
flies away

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet with water droplets on her beak and crown and downy feathers

At the woodland pond, there are only three cygnets left.

They’ve grown a lot since we last saw them and are now pulling the smaller pond weeds up by themselves.

Sitting on the bank and watching them for a while, it was lovely to see them already develop their own, unique personalities.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/4, 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #51: Unique

Word of the Day Challenge: Nurture

Sunday Stills: Stillness of Summer

Wordless Wednesday: Exploring a New World

a lamb following his mother across the beach towards the rocks and cliffs
a lamb climbing the rocks behind his mother
a lamb climbing the rocks behind his mother and looking over his right shoulder back to the ocean

This sequence follows on from our earlier post I’ll Show You the Sea.

Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Veering off the Path

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Items or the Number Two