Silent Sunday: Sweet Inspiration

three cygnets swimming by flooded grass
a pair of swans preening in shallow water

It was a lovely surprise when this young swan pair made their nest on the river. They and their three remaining cygnets are a true inspiration and continue to lift the spirits of our community in these challenging times.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Your Daily Word Prompt: Inspire

Silent Sunday: Swans and Sweet Cicely

a swan on her nest between long grass and sweet cicely
a contented looking pen (female swan) on her nest

We are delighted that a young pair of swans moved in after our older pair left the river.

The pen (female swan) was born here four years ago. She would have joined a flock after leaving her parents and met her cob along the way.

It is lovely that she has returned to the place where her life began. She is familiar with the terrain, the tides and the feeding grounds. Yesterday, her first cygnets hatched.

The nest is surrounded by tall grasses and Sweet Cicely, which provide a good buffer for the strong winds we have at the moment.

Swans are doting parents who give their offspring the best possible start in life for the long journey ahead.

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

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 200, f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/320 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #100: The Long and Winding Road

Silent Sunday: Simple Beauty

a male tufted duck swimming in a loch
close up shot of green leaves with raindrop pearls

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #91: Simplicity

Wordless Wednesday: Emerging Green

macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrops
macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrop spheres and drops

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and hope you are all safe and well,

with love from Xenia xx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Up Close and Personal to Green

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #19

Wordless Wednesday: When Winter Melts Away

Loch Morlich

close up of melting ice on the loch beside a rock
Loch Morlich part-covered in ice, reflecting the clouds and blue sky

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

It was lovely to spend some time in the Cairngorms and see the ice melting on the lochs.

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/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Reflections

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #18

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Silent Sunday: Between Lagoon and Sea

redshank snoozing and sunning on tidal sands
two redshank by the water's edge of a tidal lagoon

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday, a happy Saint David’s Day to our friends in Wales and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60, Settings: f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

Sunday Stills: Photographing Near and Far

Haiku: Turnstone

a turnstone turning over a small pebble between larger stones

little turnstone
every pebble in his world
turning, turning

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a turnstone turning a small pebble

It was a real treat to see this turnstone in his winter plumage the other day. He foraged for food in the narrow spaces between stones whilst I waited patiently nearby, not wanting to disturb him.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/6.3 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #84: Narrow

Sunday Stills: Birds

Haiku: Pied Wagtail

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

pied wagtail
oh sweet little bird
busy, busy

© Xenia Tran

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Fun Challenge: Feathered Friends

Your Daily Word Prompt: Resilient

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Action

Silent Sunday: Looking Lovely

Redshank

a redshank preening in the shallows by the sandbar
a redshank looking splendid in the sun after a good preen

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Silent Sunday

Sue’s Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Aesthetically Appealing

Word of the Day Challenge: Lovely

Silent Sunday: The Boathouse

Faskally Woods

a wooden boathouse on Loch Dunmore in Winter
a wooden boathouse on Loch Dunmore in Winter

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #12

Sunday Stills: What Do the Shadows Have to Say