Haiku: Lands of Dream

Loch Fleet

 

 

snoozing and sleeping harbour seals and grey seals on a sandbar in Loch Fleet

 

snoozing seals
in their wild lands of dream
the road vanished

© Xenia Tran

 

a grey seal on the edge of a sandbar, tail fin in the air, and another grey seal snoozing

 

four snoozing harbour seals on a sandbar

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 400.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Surface

Twiglet #114: The Road Vanished

 

Haiku: Celtic Mist

 

stones near Bonar Bridge in the morning mist

 

 

a pinch of fog
pulling up a seat
by the river

© Xenia Tran

 

morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground

 

morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/7.1 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/800 – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

 

Twiglet #113: A Pinch of Fog

XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Week 7

 

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

 

Haibun: Sanctuary

 

swans, grown up cygnets and mallard ducks in the snow-flanked river

 

The river bank and leafless trees are heavy with snow. Mallards, swans and cygnets mingle in the shallows. The sun is higher in the sky, her glow a little warmer. For nine months, this part of the river has been the cygnets’ home, their sanctuary. First there were seven. One of them, bright and brave, flew the nest nine weeks ago. Soon the remaining six will spread their wings to begin their own adventure.

winter wind
a flock of geese
stretches the sky

© Xenia Tran

 

swan parents with their cygnets by the snow-covered bank of the river

 

close up shot of three fully grown cygnets by a snow-covered river bank

These are the last images I have from the remaining cygnets. They were chased away by their parents the following day and encouraged to make their own way in the world. It’s been a joy watching them hatch, grow and develop. We wish them all a healthy and happy long life in the Highlands.

You can read about the first cygnet leaving the nest in last year’s post Into the World.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400.

 

Friendly Friday: Stay in Your Comfort Zone

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sanctuary

 

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.

 

Carpe Diem #1588: Delight in Company

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

 

a fallen tree with the trunk split in two, covered in moss and resting beside the pine trees

 

gentle rain
life still blooming
on fallen trees

© Xenia Tran

 

a tree stump covered in moss and surrounded by brown fern

 

close-up shot a tree stump covered in moss and surrounded by brown fern

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/80 s, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/60 s, ISO 200 and f/3.2, 1/80 s, ISO 200.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

 

Haiku: Winter Solstice

 

leafless trees, a pile of ancient stones and a stone bench silhouetted in morning mist with a hazy sun

 

in mist
twice the sunlight
on solstice day

© Xenia Tran

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

Wishing everyone in the Northern Hemisphere a Happy Winter Solstice, everyone in the Southern Hemisphere a Happy Summer Solstice and everyone who celebrates Christmas happy Holidays!

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back next week.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/1000 s, ISO 200, f/5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 125.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #65: Solstice II

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Solstice

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #25: Reflections