Wordless Wednesday: Then there were Two

swans and ducks feeding on the river
a seven month old cygnet preening on the riverbank
a female swan swimming in the shallows of a tidal river

One of the cygnets, the male, has fledged and there are now two cygnets remaining on the river. They look as if they’re ready to spread their wings soon too.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000, f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 1000 and f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns in Nature

Haiku: Sunlight on her Wings

an oystercatcher in flight above the water

filled with love
her lasting footprint
in this world

© Xenia Tran

an oystercatcher rising through the sky next to a rainbow

This post is dedicated to our dear haiku friend Kristjaan from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai who lost his mother to Covid-19.

Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time and with all of you who recently lost a loved one.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday and a blessed week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 1000, f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 400.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai: Memories of a Loved One

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #131: Emotions

Wordless Wednesday: A Dash of Dazzle

a goldfinch munching on lavender seed heads in Winter
a goldfinch eating lavender seed heads in Winter

Lavender has a lovely scent and it provides food for bees and other insects from Spring to late Summer. We leave the lavender stems after flowering so that Goldfinches can feed on the seed heads in Winter. It’s a delight to see these lovely birds in the garden at this time of year.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/60 s – ISO 800, f/6.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 1000 and f/6.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 800.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Dazzling

Silent Sunday: A Safe Landing

a small flock of brent geese approaching to land on the shore
brent geese landing on the water near rocky outcrops
brent geese that have just landed make their way onto the rocky outcrops

It was lovely to see more Brent geese coming in to land and join the rest of the flock that were featured in last week’s post Graceful Geese.

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

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 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #58

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Trail

Wordless Wednesday: Graceful Geese

Brent Geese

close up of a brent goose between tidal rocks
close up of three brent geese between tidal rocks

You can see more Brent geese arriving on our shores in Sunday’s post A Safe Landing.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 800 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 800.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

Silent Sunday: Six Months Old

a pen with one of her cygnets and some ducks on the river
a cob followed by two of his cygnets on 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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #55

Bird Weekly: Birds in or near the Water or Snow

Silent Sunday: Sharing a Moment

two crows on the beach among washed up autumn leaves
close up of two crows on the beach among washed up autumn leaves

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #127: Precious Moments

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stage

Wordless Wednesday: Feeding from the Surf

seagulls feeding in the surf
seagulls feeding in the surf

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 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #54

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

Wordless Wednesday: Truly Tranquil

a female mallard duck on an overhanging branch above the water
a woodland pond surrounded by leafless trees

We are honoured and delighted that two new haiku in Dutch as well as a Dutch interpretation of Little Blue Flower have been included in the anthology Aan het Woord 2020 – de geur van geluid, edited by Ferre Denis, Maria de Bie and Nol Hovens, published by Haiku Kring Nederland and Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen. A big thank you to the editors for including my poems and creating this beautiful anthology.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends across the water,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 800, f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 800 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #85

Your Daily Word Prompt: Tranquil

Wordless Wednesday: New Feathers

a five month old cygnet and her mother on the river
three five-month old cygnets and their mother on the river

The cygnets on the river continue to grow and are five months old now. The parents have moulted and grown new feathers, looking in fine health too.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 400, f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 400.

Thank you Cee for honouring us with this post as a CFFC Featured Blogger!

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Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #51

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or Cream Colors