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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Haibun: The Love between Birds

 

a swan (cob) patrolling the river

 

It has been four weeks now, since his pen laid her eggs. While she is on the nest he keeps her safe, patrolling the river. From one bridge to the next, he sees that all is well. He greets familiar faces above the buttercups and shepherd’s purse, the fresh blades of grass. He looks so much better this year, more confident. People stroll along the river bank, to see how he is doing. We all want him to do well. Last year’s eggs never hatched. We are hoping that this year, things will be better.

temple blossoms
seagulls flock to guard
a sleeping swan

© Xenia Tran

 

seagulls watching over a sleeping swan (cob) on an outgoing tide

You can see images of his pen (female swan) on the nest in an earlier post ‘Nesting Swan‘. She raised 62 cygnets over the last nine years with her previous cob (male swan), before he passed away.

Update: on 17th May 2018 seven cygnets hatched – you can see the first images in our post New Life.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Morning Sun

 

two male ducks and one female duck walking on river path

 

morning sun
three ducks smiling
by the river

© Xenia Tran

 

two male ducks and one female duck walking on river path

 

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

Daily Prompt: Laughter

 

Haiku: Bird Song

 

male bird (great tit) sitting on a branch with green buds

 

chirping
between tree buds
a blue sky

© Xenia Tran

 

male bird (great tit) sitting on a branch with green buds

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

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

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Daily Prompt: Flaunt

 

Tanka: Dappled Light

 

a male and female mallard duck resting under a bush

 

under a bush
ducks resting on spring grass
dappled light
ahead of his love and her nest
a swan guards the river

© Xenia Tran

 

 

a male swan guarding the river at low tide

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Daily Prompt: Observe

 

Haiku: Lit up by Dew

 

close up of tree buds with pearls of morning dew and silk strings from a spider

 

lit up by dew
the spider’s silk breathes
pearls and rainbows

© Xenia Tran

 

spider's web in blooming gorse, covered in pearls of dew

We are delighted that two haiku posted on this blog, Floating Swan and Sweet Starling, appear in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2018 – Year of the Bird.

This publication is now available as a free download from the Haiku Foundation and we want to express a big thank you to the editors for putting this beautiful collection together.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
with love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Wandering Clouds

 

four male mallard ducks swimming through a pond

 

splash of water
clouds wandering
across the pond

© Xenia Tran

 

tree-lined pond with a bird hide across the water

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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