Silent Sunday: Spring Merganser

a male merganser preening himself on the water
a male merganser preening himself on the edge of the river
a male merganser standing proudly at the edge of the river after preening

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

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 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt: Narrative

Wordless Wednesday: Bright Eyes

two greylag geese on a lochan, the male trying to impress the female
a pair of greylag geese in the shallows of a loch
close up shot of a pair of greylag geese swimming across the loch

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/6.3 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

Haiku: Spirit of Love

a pair of greylag geese bonding on the water

greylag geese
writing their love
in sky, on water

© Xenia Tran

a pair of greylag geese bonding in shallow water beside reeds
a pair of greylag geese bonding in shallow water beside reeds

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Sunday Stills: Spirit

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connections

Your Daily Word Prompt: Renew

Villanelle: Worth Waiting For

a male swan tidying the nest with trees in the background

here by the river, our world seems beautiful
a swan in spring feathers tidies the nest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan shuffles away from the nest with trees in the background

big webbed feet are beginning to shuffle
the swan feels happy the nest looks its best
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

a male swan shuffles down a grassy crest, looking at the ground and ahead

with a breeze from the east, still fairly cool
the swan walks through grass, feet pointing west
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan shuffles down a grassy crest, looking at the ground and ahead

his neck stretched out, feathers unruffled
reflected in water, the swan knows his quest
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

a male swan approaching the edge of the riverbank and looking at the water below

moments like these feel deeply spiritual
he lands in the river assured, on his chest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan landing in the water, chest first, from a grassy island

loving, devoted and dutiful
the swan and his mate are equally blessed
here by the river, our world seems beautiful
as time brings us growth, birth and renewal

a male swan swimming in the river past a grassy island

This is my third contribution to the Villanelle prompt at dVerse Poets. You can read A Voice that Knows and Where Seasons Meet on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the villanelle:

here by the river, our world seems beautiful
a swan in spring feathers tidies the nest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

big webbed feet are beginning to shuffle
the swan feels happy the nest looks its best
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

with a breeze from the east, still fairly cool
the swan walks through grass, feet pointing west
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

his neck stretched out, feathers unruffled
reflected in water, the swan knows his quest
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

moments like these feel deeply spiritual
he lands in the river assured, on his chest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

loving, devoted and dutiful
the swan and his mate are equally blessed
here by the river, our world seems beautiful
as time brings us growth, birth and renewal

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Wait

Your Daily Prompt: Participate

Haiku: Tranquility

rear view of the head and neck of a mallard drake, his feathers shimmering in the sun

tranquility
a mallard duck basking
in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up profile head shot of a male mallard duck, his feathers shimmering in the sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1638: Tranquil

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

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

 

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

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