Haiku: Heavenly Portal

Lochan Mor

a male mallard duck pecking at the ice on a frozen loch

iced-up loch
so many rainbows
resting here

© Xenia Tran

a male mallard duck standing on a frozen loch

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Portal

Carpe Diem #1795: New Beginnings – Rainbow

Wordless Wednesday: A Special Place in the Sun

rock formations in the Moray Firth on a Winter's morning
close up shot of a pair of seagulls perched on a rock in the Moray Firth

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 125, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #9

Silent Sunday: A Dashing Display

a flock of greenshank in full display above the sea and sandbar
a flock of greenshank flying in formation above the water
close up shot of a flock of greenshank wading towards the shore

Wishing you all a very happy December and a blissful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Tanka: Two Herons

Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

a mature blue heron waiting on tidal stones and exposed seaweed

two herons
waiting on tidal stones
one young, one old
a calm we understand
at the heart of it all

© Xenia Tran

tide flowing out at Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

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 500, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #72: Waiting

Sunday Stills: Calm

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.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #107: Fall Foliage

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

Becca’s Sunday Trees

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.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #105: September Equinox

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Avian

Sunday Stills: Signs of Autumn