Haiku: Tranquility

rear view of the head and neck of a mallard drake, his feathers shimmering in the sun

tranquility
a mallard duck basking
in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up profile head shot of a male mallard duck, his feathers shimmering in the sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Delightful Company

a maturing cygnet with pink bill on the river with a female mallard duck

cygnets and ducks
delightful company
on the river

© Xenia Tran

one mature cygnet looks up at the camera whilst his sibling feeds below water
three mature cygnets swimming against the tide on the river

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

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, SettingsL f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 640, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Wigeon

two female wigeon basking in the sun on the water

three wigeon
with feathers aglow
autumn waves

© Xenia Tran

two female and one male wigeon basking in the sun on the water

Wigeon breed in Scotland and Northern England and some visit here during the Winter months from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia. They feed on aquatic plants, grasses and roots.

Wishing you all a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend,

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 100 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 160.

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Haiku: This River

 

 

two male mallard duck splashing in the river, one with outstretched wings

 

two mallards
where love flows eternal
the wind

© Xenia Tran

 

two male mallard ducks splashing in the river, one with outstretched wings

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

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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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