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.

 

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Haibun: Snapdragon Moon

 

macro shot of a raindrop hanging from pink and yellow snapdragon

 

The early morning drizzle is full of promise. Scorched fields of grass and droopy gardens sigh with relief when the promise turns to rain. After a heatwave and hose-ban to preserve diminishing pools of water flowers raise their heads in gratitude, singing full of colour.

snapdragon
from the edge of satin
her own moon

© Xenia Tran

 

macro shot of a raindrop hanging from pink and yellow snapdragon

It is such a treat to have some rain again.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 100 with DMW-LC55 lens.

 

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Haibun: Red Squirrel Feeder

 

red squirrel lifting the lid of a squirrel feeder with his head

 

In the glen there is an age-old tradition of hanging squirrel feeders on tree branches and filling them with nuts and pieces of fruit. The squirrels raise the lid with their head, leaving their front paws free to gather the bounty. With free access to favourite foods they seem happy to leave nearby birdfeeders alone.

under a new moon
the simple joy of feeding
a forest life

© Xenia Tran

 

a red squirrel eating nuts on a squirrel feeder

 

a red squirrel eating nuts on a squirrel feeder

We wish you all a very happy Wednesday!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/20 s, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/20 s, ISO 1250 and f/6.5, 1/20 s, ISO 1250.

 

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Haibun: Pink Lilac

 

close up of pink lilac flowers, leaves and raindrops

 

Our garden changes colour after an early morning shower. Yellow poppies, primrose and pansies look vibrant and replenished. In years gone by, fishermen dried their nets here. Different guardians blessed with different times.

scent of lilac
ready to weave our home
in a raindrop

© Xenia Tran

 

close up of miniature pink lilac buds with raindrops

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

With love from Xenia xxx

 

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Haibun: The Love between Birds

 

a swan (cob) patrolling the river

 

It has been four weeks now, since his pen laid her eggs. While she is on the nest he keeps her safe, patrolling the river. From one bridge to the next, he sees that all is well. He greets familiar faces above the buttercups and shepherd’s purse, the fresh blades of grass. He looks so much better this year, more confident. People stroll along the river bank, to see how he is doing. We all want him to do well. Last year’s eggs never hatched. We are hoping that this year, things will be better.

temple blossoms
seagulls flock to guard
a sleeping swan

© Xenia Tran

 

seagulls watching over a sleeping swan (cob) on an outgoing tide

You can see images of his pen (female swan) on the nest in an earlier post ‘Nesting Swan‘. She raised 62 cygnets over the last nine years with her previous cob (male swan), before he passed away.

Update: on 17th May 2018 seven cygnets hatched – you can see the first images in our post New Life.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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