Haiku: Bellflower

 

macro shot of an open purple bellflower

 

where seeds land
given a chance they grow
a sea of purple

© Xenia Tran

 

purple bellflowers in the sunshine

 

macro shot of a purple bellflower

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/400 s, ISO 100, f/4, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 with DMW-LC55 lens.

 

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Haiku: A Shade of Cool

 

close up of a male mallard duck in the shade of a pine tree

 

ducks gather
in the shade of the pine tree
summer slips away

© Xenia Tran

 

close up of two male mallard ducks in the shade of a pine tree

 

We wish you all a stellar Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/200 s, ISO 1600 and f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 1600.

 

Carpe Diem #1452: Cool (suzushi)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #18: Stellar

 

Haiku: A Gift from Heaven

 

macro shot of rain drop hanging from fern leaf

 

magic forest
with every drop of rain
a new world

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of a rain drop hanging from fern leaf

After a long dry spell with forest, heather and gorse fires we welcome the replenishing freshness from the rain.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 with DMW-LC55 lens.

 

Carpe Diem #1453: Dripping (Spring Water)

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Target

 

Haibun: Red Squirrel Feeder

 

red squirrel lifting the lid of a squirrel feeder with his head

 

In the glen there is an age-old tradition of hanging squirrel feeders on tree branches and filling them with nuts and pieces of fruit. The squirrels raise the lid with their head, leaving their front paws free to gather the bounty. With free access to favourite foods they seem happy to leave nearby birdfeeders alone.

under a new moon
the simple joy of feeding
a forest life

© Xenia Tran

 

a red squirrel eating nuts on a squirrel feeder

 

a red squirrel eating nuts on a squirrel feeder

We wish you all a very happy Wednesday!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/20 s, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/20 s, ISO 1250 and f/6.5, 1/20 s, ISO 1250.

 

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Haiku: Chive Blossoms

 

chive blossom photographed from above the flower

 

empty salad bowl
too beautiful to eat
these flowers

© Xenia Tran

 

macro of chive blossom, close up of left half of the flower

 

breathing mandala
in every flower seed
a promise sings

© Xenia Tran

 

macro of chive blossom, close up of top right of the flower

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 with DMW-LC55 lens.

 

Carpe Diem #1446: Mandarin Orange Blossoms

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Cee’s Photography: Flower of the Day

 

Haiku: Making a Splash

 

a male and female mallard duck taking off from a small island in the loch

 

making a splash
ducks fly across the pond
to see the flowers

© Xenia Tran

 

male mallard duck taking off from small island in the loch

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Height

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #36: Peony (botan)

 

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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