Silent Sunday: When Ducks Smile

three female mallard ducks in the river
female mallard ducks leaping and diving in the river

These mallard ducks seemed to enjoy themselves, splashing in the tidal flows of the river.

Wishing you all a very happy Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Silent Sunday

Haiku: Raven’s Call

Loch Dunmore

a mature raven high up on a tree branch

holy waters
between russets and gold
a raven’s call

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a mature raven high up on a tree branch

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, wine, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 2 October 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/6.3 – 1/60 s – ISO 800.

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Haibun: Autumn Equinox

a male swan and his cygnet in the pond

We’re enjoying an Indian Summer. Here and there some leaves are changing colour, a few float along the stream into the pond. The only cygnet that remains is showing his first white feathers. His parents have changed their plumage too. The sun travels lower through the sky, wrapping our world in warmest light.

one last wave
before the muddy roads
autumn equinox

© Xenia Tran

swan parents in new plumage on either side of their growing cygnet

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday and a happy September Equinox tomorrow.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/30 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

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Wordless Wednesday: September Ducklings II

three mallard ducklings by the river
a mallard mama duck with three of her ducklings by the riverbank

It’s lovely to see all five ducklings are still here. You can see more images in last week’s post September Ducklings.

Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday: September Ducklings

three week-old ducklings in wet grass with two more ducklings in the background
five one-week-old ducklings in wet grass
a mallard mama duck with five ducklings in the wet grass

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday and happy National Wildlife Day,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Silent Sunday: Seeing You, Seeing Me

a female merganser standing on exposed seaweed and stones in tidal river
a female merganser looking straight up at the camera from the riverbank

Ann-Christine invites us to take photographs from different angles and this sweet female goosander was looking at me from different angles too.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday from the river bank,

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 200 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday: A Break by the Pond

a cob and his three month old cygnet on a small island in the pond
a cob preening on a small island beside his cygnet

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #57: Taking a Break