Caring for River Wildlife

It is an honour and a great pleasure to contribute four photographs to the 2022 Calendar for the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust that cares for our local river wildlife.

The river meets the sea here and we are blessed with the regular company of our resident swan family, mallard ducks, mandarin duck, goosander, oystercatcher, herring gull, heron and occasional visits by redshank, cormorant, wigeon and seals hunting for salmon.

Joe Telfer from the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust cares for injured birds and orphaned ducklings until they are ready to be released back into the wild and provides extra food when it is needed.

Our local wildlife is a great inspiration to me and I’m delighted to be able to give something back.

Copies of the 2022 Calendar are available from River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust, Nairn Bookshop and Strachans.

A special thank you to Iona Gibson for putting this beautiful calendar together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

CFFC: It’s a Small World

Haiku: A Helping Hand

blown off-course
the coastguard gathers
at the boat slip

© Xenia Tran

I wrote this haiku in honour of the volunteers from the RNLI who will go out in all weathers to rescue people from our seas, lakes, rivers and floods.

If you want to find out more about what they do, are interested in volunteering or wish to support them in other ways please visit their website here.

Wishing you all safe harbour,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

A Helping Hand was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 4 June 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Question

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Flow, Tidal

CFFC: Blue

Wordless Wednesday: Water of Life

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water Found in Nature

Silent Sunday: Gold in the Shadows

Lochan Mor

Thank you all so much for your good wishes before we went on our short break!

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #152: Shades and Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: Heavenly Scent

White Lilac

close up of white lilac blooms and buds
close up of white lilac blooms and buds

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Magic Awakening

Cairngorms National Park

a pair of mallard ducks in the shallows of the loch
a clear mountain stream flowing over stones and branches

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400 and f/14 – 1/40 s – ISO 500.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Shiny

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Awakening

Wordless Wednesday: Texture Trail

close up of tree bark on ancient pine with lichen
close up of lichen growing on a weathered wooden fence

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 180, f/1.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 500 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 200.

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

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Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Textures

Silent Sunday: Swan Love

a pair of swans bonding with the cob dipping under water
a pair of swans bonding with their necks entwined
a pair of swans bonding on the river
a swan pair bonding on the river

The last cygnet has finally fledged and the swan pair are busy bonding and mating on the windswept river.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

CFFC: Birds of all Kinds

Your Daily Word Prompt: Overture

Wordless Wednesday: Seeds of Change

macro shot of clematis seed
macro shot of willow catkins
close up of catkins on willow branches

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on
Wednesday 24th March.

Wishing you all a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1-400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: (Pail or) Pale

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