Tanka: Where Ducks Fly

Cairngorms National Park

 

close up of a male mallard duck, a drop of water falling from his beak in the loch

 

evening glow
on rustling leaves, a castle
this dance with time
a pause in all our journeys
before we fly away

© Xenia Tran

 

a mallard taking off from Loch an Eilein, the castle and hills shimmer in the evening glow

We wish you all a blessed and relaxing weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/5, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/250 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Hopeful Eyes

 

a great tit at a birdfeeder with seeds flying out

 

hopeful eyes
below the birdfeeder
seeds fly

© Xenia Tran

 

a male mallard duck in the grass

This duck was waiting patiently below the birdfeeder, knowing that some seeds would find their way to the grass whenever another bird was feeding above him.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 1600 and f/6.5, 1/125 s, ISO 800.

 

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Haiku: Swimming

 

a female mallard duck swimming by flowering waterlilies

 

swimming
among the waterlilies
the kindest eyes

© Xenia Tran

 

waterlilies in full bloom on the loch

 

a female mallard duck swimming past waterlily pads

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/640 s, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Shine

 

small waterfall with blue sky and trees reflected in the water

 

 

shining
everywhere we look
this light

© Xenia Tran

 

two male mallards swimming in a woodland pond

 

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Warm Notes

 

young leaves in the foreground, lit up by the sun

 

warm notes
of the shakuhachi
deep forest

© Xenia Tran

 

male mallard duck bathing in a pond

 

listening
to the shakuhachi
splashing duck

© Xenia Tran

 

snow capped mountain peaks across Loch Morlich

 

here to stay
on mountain peaks
another season

© Xenia Tran

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to revise two haiku by Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984). The first one inspired two haiku. A shakuhachi is a flute that was originally introduced in Japan from China during the 6th century and is often used in meditation.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Every Feather

 

a duck 'photobombing' a swan in the centre of the image with a big smile

 

behind these eyes
curtains of light
in every feather

© Xenia Tran

 

a brown and white duck with dark green head smiling at the camera

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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