Silent Sunday: Special Times

a pen watching over six of her cygnets in a pond

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Sue’s Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Display

Silent Sunday: A Lovely Surprise

a pen and seven cygnets feeding in a pond
a pen feeding six of her cygnets with underwater plants in a pond

We are delighted to see seven cygnets have hatched by the pond and are lovingly cared for by their parents.

The eggs from the river swans didn’t hatch this year. The pen and cob have been mating again last week and there is a very small chance of more eggs to come.

In 2017 their eggs didn’t hatch either and they fostered a cygnet from another swan family. We will share photographs of the river swans throughout the year and follow the progress of the pond cygnets as they grow older.

Wishing you all a magical Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Surprise

Wordless Wednesday: Anticipation

close up shot of a swan from behind, his head and neck under water
close up shot of a swan from behind, his head and neck emerging from the water
close up shot of a cob (male swan) from behind, his head and neck freshly emerged from the water

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 800 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 1250.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Anticipation

Wordless Wednesday: Watching the Pond

a black-headed gull balancing on a weathered post beside a pond
a black-headed gull balancing on a weathered post beside a pond
a black-headed gull balancing on a weathered post beside a pond

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 640 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 1000.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Challenge

Silent Sunday: Relaxing Afternoon

a pen and two of her cygnets sleeping on a small island
a pen and two of her cygnets resting on a small island in the pond
a cob preening in the background with brown grass in the foreground

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/250 s, ISO 800 and f/6.5, 1-320 s, ISO 1250.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Dream

Haiku: Warm Notes

 

young leaves in the foreground, lit up by the sun

 

warm notes
of the shakuhachi
deep forest

© Xenia Tran

 

male mallard duck bathing in a pond

 

listening
to the shakuhachi
splashing duck

© Xenia Tran

 

snow capped mountain peaks across Loch Morlich

 

here to stay
on mountain peaks
another season

© Xenia Tran

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to revise two haiku by Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984). The first one inspired two haiku. A shakuhachi is a flute that was originally introduced in Japan from China during the 6th century and is often used in meditation.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Spring Pond

 

swan gliding across a pond with spring buds in the foreground

 

spring pond
the sound of thoughts
flying away

© Xenia Tran

 

pond in spring with tree buds, green shoots and trees

 

swan prooning himself on a quiet pond in spring

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Daily Prompt: Authentic

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