Tanka: Silver and Gold

 

 

a female goosander swimming against the flow in a tidal river

 

painted
by the sun, moon and stars
a goosander
swimming against the tide
her home, the river

© Xenia Tran

 

a female goosander standing in the shallows of a tidal river

We wish you all a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 250 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 250.

 

Carpe Diem #1476: Silver Park

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gold

 

Haiku: New Life

 

a tree stump in a forest covered in moss with grass and ferns

 

deep inside
around a fallen tree
new life finds a way

© Xenia Tran

 

close up of a tree stump in a forest covered in moss with grass and ferns

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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/200 s, ISO 100 and f/3.2, 1/160 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #46: Open

 

Tanka: Embrace

Cairngorms National Park

 

west side of Lochan Mor, trees in full leaf and reeds waving in the breeze

 

embraced by reeds
a breeze ripples the water
in this heatwave
a shaded rock offers a seat
covered in grateful glances

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Mor with reeds in the foreground and lush green birch and pine-clad hills across the water

We wish you all a very happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

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 and f/4.5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Heat

Carpe Diem #1467: Bench in the Park

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #37: Embrace

 

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Cygnets

 

seven cygnets swimming down the river

 

seven cygnets in a circle on the river close to the grassy bank

 

close up of three cygnets swimming in the river

We wish you all a very happy Wednesday and a happy 4th July to all our friends in the USA.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125.

 

Wordless Wednesday

 

Wordless Wednesday: Six Weeks Old

 

a swan family with cygnets, the cob has his head and neck underwater

 

swan family with seven cygnets and six mallard ducks

 

swan family with seven feeding cygnets and five mallard ducks

The cygnets are now six week old and growing fast. The warm weather has helped them find plenty of food in the river.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Paula’s (Lost in Translation) Thursday’s Special: Blue Hour

 

Wordless Wednesday: Welsh Poppy Meditation

 

welsh poppy, one in flower, others in bud, beside a garden Buddha

 

welsh poppy in bloom

 

close up macro shot of welsh poppy

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Cee’s Photography: Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday

 

Haibun: Life’s New Garden

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back

The criss-cross waves of high water tell us the tide is turning. Returning to the mouth of the river, the cygnets carry a glimpse of the sea. The pen is doing what she has always done. Prepare her young for the wider world, showing them where and when to feed. Her cob swims quietly by her side, creating an easy slipstream for cygnets who swim behind them. When the current becomes too strong they climb on their mother’s back.

We stand and watch them glide by and thank them for our own glimpse into another world.  I am enchanted by their deep communication and understanding.  Everything is done in total silence. Neither the cygnets nor their parents make a single sound. All I can hear is our smile.

all by themselves
lilies of the valley bloom
in nature’s garden

© Xenia Tran

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back
a pair of swans in the river with five cygnets on the pen's back

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.

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