Wordless Wednesday: Texture Trail

close up of tree bark on ancient pine with lichen
close up of lichen growing on a weathered wooden fence

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 180, f/1.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 500 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Textures

Wordless Wednesday: Building a Nest

a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below
a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below

Following on from our earlier post Swan Love, the cob (male swan) is building the nest whilst the pen (female swan) is feeding on extra minerals in the river below.

We wish you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Water Water Everywhere #72

Silent Sunday: Tranquil Sea

two shelducks approaching the beach from the Moray Firth at sunset
a pair of shelducks walking along the southern shore of the Moray Firth at sunset

Wishing you all a blessed Easter,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142 : You Pick It (Sunset)

Water Water Everywhere #71

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Tranquil

Silent Sunday: Swan Love

a pair of swans bonding with the cob dipping under water
a pair of swans bonding with their necks entwined
a pair of swans bonding on the river
a swan pair bonding on the river

The last cygnet has finally fledged and the swan pair are busy bonding and mating on the windswept river.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

CFFC: Birds of all Kinds

Your Daily Word Prompt: Overture

Wordless Wednesday: Dainty Daffodils

miniature daffodils and purple crocus in bloom
macro shot of a miniature daffodil

It’s good to be back and thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Seeds of Change

macro shot of clematis seed
macro shot of willow catkins
close up of catkins on willow branches

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on
Wednesday 24th March.

Wishing you all a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1-400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: (Pail or) Pale

Tanka Prose: Special Moments

faint green aurora just above the mountains across the water with a lighthouse and pier

As sleet mingles with snow, we find ourselves in a new national lockdown. To protect ourselves, to protect each other, we want to do the right thing. We stay at home once more, create our own rituals in the lull between storms.

lighting candles
on your beach and mine
we close our eyes
open them in unison
and feel the love arrive

© Xenia Tran

a faint green aurora over the hills under a star-lit sky

We had a faint aurora on Friday night, visible with the naked eye, and the hand-held taken photographs with a low shutter speed created an almost abstract effect.

The poem was written three months ago and we’re hoping to start easing out of lockdown in mid-April.

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/2.8 – 1/8 s – ISO 3200.

Special Moments was first published under the title Tier 4 in Ribbons, Winter 2021: Volume 17, Number 1. A very big thank you to Susan Weaver and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Weekend Sky #20

One Word Sunday: Light

Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Snowdrop

close up of a cluster of snowdrops in the grass
macro shot of a snowdrop centre seen from below

The snowdrops are flowering a bit later this year and it was lovely to see them on our walk yesterday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Let’s Dance!

two female and two male mallard ducks on dried grass
four male mallard ducks trying to impress two females on the riverbank

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000 and f/6.3 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #99

Silent Sunday: Softly, Softly

a swan parent and cygnet in the river
an eight-month old cygnet with droplets on her head

Our swan parents have been encouraging the remaining two cygnets to leave the nest and spread their wings. One fledged over a week ago and the above cygnet is still here.

The adults continue to gently persuade her to leave and assure her that she’s ready. It’s very moving to watch. The cygnet is now eight months old and it’s the first time we have seen one stay with its parents for so long. It’s also the first time in more than ten years we have had a very cold Winter.

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be interviewed by the lovely Bella from ThoughtsnLivesBlog about my photography and poetry for her Let’s Get Inspired Series. Part 2 has just been published and focuses on my poetry and publication journey. Part 1 of the interview was published last week and if you missed it you can read it here.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #137: Soft