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: All Souls’ Night

a snowy winter scene in the Cairngorms

all souls’ night
my great-grandparents
play in the snow

© Xenia Tran

close up of branches and heather covered in heavy snow

These images were taken in November 2017 at the start of a beautiful Winter.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 320, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 250.

All Souls’ Night was first published in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Volume 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021. A very big thank you to Bruce Ross for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Sunday Stills: Winter Wonderland

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Your Daily Word Prompt: Optimism

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: 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.

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Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #51

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or Cream Colors

Wordless Wednesday: Along the Loch Shore

the south shore of Loch Tummel in Autumn
view along the length of Loch Tummel towards Glencoe

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 125 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

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Weekly Prompt Wednesday Challenge: Autumn Strolls

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange and Green

Wordless Wednesday: Feeding on Fading Flowers

macro shot of a bumblebee feeding on fading lavender
macro shot of a bumble bee feeding on lavender, seen from behind

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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wilting or Ageing Flowers or Leaves

Haibun: Looking Up

a pair of mature herring gulls on a chimney against a blue sky

All along our coast we are blessed with friendly neighbours of the feathered kind. They pair for life, raise their chicks as a couple and community. There’s something special about the light in their eyes, traversing crystal sea or sky. The way they sit on chimney pots, watch over us, feels very reassuring.

looking up
spring equinox approaches
a spinning sun

© Xenia Tran

a mature seagull sitting on a chimney pot against a blue sky

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and hope you are keeping safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #130: Spring Equinox

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Something

Your Daily Word Prompt: Traverse

Wordless Wednesday: A Late Flower

macro shot of pink geranium with raindrops
macro shot of pink geranium flowers with raindrops

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #20

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Glow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pastel/ Soft Colors

Wordless Wednesday: Raindrops on Grass

macro shot of raindrops on blades of grass
macro shot of raindrops on blades of grass

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 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green

Haiku: Enchanted Forest

Faskally Wood

a full moon art work suspended in Faskally Wood

autumn festival
the full moon
a special guest

© Xenia Tran

a full moon art work suspended in Faskally Wood

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 – 1/100 s – ISO 250, f/5 – 1/60 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/60 s – ISO 200.

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

Sunday Stills: All Lined Up

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves and Arches