Haiku: Bouncing Light

 

a black headed gull preening himself beside two female mallards on a snow covered river bank

 

preening gull
the light that bounces
in the snow

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of snow on dead branches with starlight in a melting drop

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Depth of Field

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen

 

Silent Sunday: River Party

 

swan parents with four cygnets and several mallard ducks on the river

 

close up shot of three fully grown cygnets in the river

 

three cygnets with their father in the foreground and a few mallards on the river

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 1600 and f/6.3, 1/200 s, ISO 1600.

 

Silent Sunday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio

 

Tanka: Two Mallards

 

a male and female mallard duck preening together at the edge of the loch

 

two mallards
so content together
water flows
below the fading heather
the moon begins to rise

© Xenia Tran

 

a female mallard preening herself beside a male mallard at the edge of the loch

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/160 s, ISO 800 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 1250.

 

Carpe Diem Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1525: Perpetuum Mobile .. Everlasting Movement

 

Haiku: Effervescent

 

mallard ducks and ducklings enjoying a splash in the river

 

side by side
the sound of ducks splashing
summer jazz

© Xenia Tran

 

mallard ducks and ducklings enjoying a splash in the river

We wish you all a very 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/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 500 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 640.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #71: Effervescent

 

Haiku: A New Family

 

two ducklings snuggling together on shingle beside a female mallard duck

 

folded in friendship
her duckling, one orphan
a new family

© Xenia Tran

 

two ducklings swimming in the river

The female mallard in the top photograph had lost most of her brood to the crows within a week of hatching and only one duckling survived. She adopted another duckling who had lost all her siblings as well as her mother. The two ducklings are roughly the same age and have become the best of friends.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 320 and f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 250.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Sunday Stills: You’ve got a Friend

 

Haibun: Life on the River

 

ducks, ducklings on a tidal island in the river with a goosander, swans and cygnets swimming by

 

The water is still very low at low tide after a long hot Summer. Mallards and ducklings swim in the remaining flow, others climb on to islands of stones in the river. A seagull chick on the opposite bank watches the ducks. His parents are higher up, keeping an eye on their offspring. The goosander, who normally likes her own space, joins the others when swans return.

a warm sky
salmon are waiting downstream
for rain to come

© Xenia Tran

 

ducks, ducklings and a goosander on a tidal island in the river with swans and cygnets swimming by

 

ducks, ducklings and a goosander on a tidal island in the river with swans and cygnets swimming by

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 250.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #63: Challenge

 

Haiku: A Shade of Cool

 

close up of a male mallard duck in the shade of a pine tree

 

ducks gather
in the shade of the pine tree
summer slips away

© Xenia Tran

 

close up of two male mallard ducks in the shade of a pine tree

 

We wish you all a stellar Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/200 s, ISO 1600 and f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 1600.

 

Carpe Diem #1452: Cool (suzushi)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #18: Stellar