Haiku: Angel’s Share

a sparrow balancing on a wheat stalk by the sea

spirit of summer
sparrows surf their wheat stalks
by the sea

© Xenia Tran

a sparrow surfing on a wild wheat stalk

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/6.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #104: Summer

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1827: Paradox

Silent Sunday: Swans and Siestas

swan parents with four cygnets by the river
four cygnets in feeding in the shallows of a tidal river

Waking from their afternoon nap the swans and cygnets enjoy a preen and feed in the shallows of 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 – 1/320 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Siesta

Haiku: Sparrows

close up of a sparrow eating seeds on a weathered bird feeder

little sparrows
sweet songs and gossip spun
around the feeder

© Xenia Tran

three sparrows feeding on a wooden birdfeeder

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #123: First Sparrows Twittering (hatsusuzumi)

Sunday Stills: Shades of Gray

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Rhyme

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: Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

a curlew on a rock and two seals resting in the shallows
oystercatchers and seagulls feeding at low tide

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/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 320 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Comprise

Word of the Day Prompt: Travel

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

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

Silent Sunday: A Lovely Surprise

a pen and seven cygnets feeding in a pond
a pen feeding six of her cygnets with underwater plants in a pond

We are delighted to see seven cygnets have hatched by the pond and are lovingly cared for by their parents.

The eggs from the river swans didn’t hatch this year. The pen and cob have been mating again last week and there is a very small chance of more eggs to come.

In 2017 their eggs didn’t hatch either and they fostered a cygnet from another swan family. We will share photographs of the river swans throughout the year and follow the progress of the pond cygnets as they grow older.

Wishing you all a magical Sunday,

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 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Surprise