Tanka: Morning Glory

a herring gull chick stretches one leg and wing

morning glory
a seagull chick stretches
one leg , one wing
on the unlit rooftop
where she will learn to fly

© Xenia Tran

a herring gull chick on a rooftop tilting her head at the camera

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

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 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #153: Morning Glory

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #12: Seagulls

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Posture

Haibun: Looking Up

a pair of mature herring gulls on a chimney against a blue sky

All along our coast we are blessed with friendly neighbours of the feathered kind. They pair for life, raise their chicks as a couple and community. There’s something special about the light in their eyes, traversing crystal sea or sky. The way they sit on chimney pots, watch over us, feels very reassuring.

looking up
spring equinox approaches
a spinning sun

© Xenia Tran

a mature seagull sitting on a chimney pot against a blue sky

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and hope you are keeping safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #130: Spring Equinox

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Something

Your Daily Word Prompt: Traverse

Wordless Wednesday: Graceful Gulls

adult and juvenile herring gulls wading on the shoreline
a pair of herring gulls side by side on tidal sands

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #16

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Graceful

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Layers

greylag geese

greylag geese and seagulls in the estuary at low tide
greylag geese bathing and preening with herring gulls in the foreground
greylag geese bathing and preening at low tide

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 100, f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 125 and f/6.5 1/160 s – ISO 250.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Layer

Haiku: Hunter’s Moon

 

a juvenile herring gull preparing to dive towards the sea

 

from sky to sea
young gulls dive for food
hunter’s moon

© Xenia Tran

 

a juvenile herring gull flying above the waves past a flock of adults on the beach

It was wonderful to watch the juvenile herring gulls hunting and diving while the adults were preening and snoozing in the sun. The youngsters in the images hatched in July.

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

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #56: Hunter’s Moon

Carpe Diem #1528: Shasei

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Surprise

 

Silent Sunday: Looking Good

 

a herring gull on tidal sands looking straight at the camera

 

close up shot of herring gull preening on tidal sands, rolling waves behind him

 

close up shot of a herring gull on tidal sands in front of rolling waves, one leg raised

 

close up shot of herring gull looking smart after his preening session

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 160.

 

 

Paula’s Thursday Special Pick a Word in October (Y3): Aperture

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fleek

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing or Changeable

Silent Sunday