Silent Sunday: Softly, Softly

a swan parent and cygnet in the river
an eight-month old cygnet with droplets on her head

Our swan parents have been encouraging the remaining two cygnets to leave the nest and spread their wings. One fledged over a week ago and the above cygnet is still here.

The adults continue to gently persuade her to leave and assure her that she’s ready. It’s very moving to watch. The cygnet is now eight months old and it’s the first time we have seen one stay with its parents for so long. It’s also the first time in more than ten years we have had a very cold Winter.

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be interviewed by the lovely Bella from ThoughtsnLivesBlog about my photography and poetry for her Let’s Get Inspired Series. Part 2 has just been published and focuses on my poetry and publication journey. Part 1 of the interview was published last week and if you missed it you can read it here.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #137: Soft

Silent Sunday: Happy Homecoming

a swan family on a snowy river
a swan family swimming towards us on the river in winter

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

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Homecoming

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

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: Hideaway

a four month old cygnet on a loch
an adult swan and cygnet feeding upside down

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 640, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 500 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 320.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #49

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #119: My Hideaway

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

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