Haiku: Tranquility

rear view of the head and neck of a mallard drake, his feathers shimmering in the sun

tranquility
a mallard duck basking
in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up profile head shot of a male mallard duck, his feathers shimmering in the sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1638: Tranquil

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

Haiku: Garden Buddha

 

close up shot of the head of a buddha statue

 

light rain
around the buddha’s feet
a sea of diamonds

© Xenia Tran

 

macro shot of rain drops around green poppy leaves

 

macro shot of rain drops around green poppy leaves

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Meme-worthy Photos

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Iridescence

 

We are delighted that the above haiku has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Our haiku Celtic Mist and A Drop of Bliss are also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation who helped put this project together.

Haiku: Bouncing Light

 

a black headed gull preening himself beside two female mallards on a snow covered river bank

 

preening gull
the light that bounces
in the snow

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of snow on dead branches with starlight in a melting drop

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Depth of Field

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen

 

Wordless Wednesday: Follow Me

 

close up shot of an oystercatcher wading into the sea

 

side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows

 

side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows

 

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 100, f/5.6, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 125.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Quest

 

Tanka: Into the World

 

 

newly hatched
brimming with a lust for life
a cygnet
swimming beside his father
spring’s first hello

© Xenia Tran

 

 

at home
in the water, on land
a cygnet grows
strong wings, white feathers
autumn’s first farewell

© Xenia Tran

 

 

The most spirited and independent of the seven cygnets has flown the nest and we wish him well on his new journey.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160; f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320; f/5.6, 1/400 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.3, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

 

Carpe Diem #1556: Fleeting Autumn (yuki aki)

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Things with Wings

 

Tan Renga: Grass on River Bank

 

Four Canada geese flying overhead against a blue sky

 

grass on river bank
bending over in warm breeze
pale moon looking down                                        © Ken Gierke

all through the night and day
the sound of geese returning                                 © Xenia Tran

 

Five Canadian geese flying North against a blue sky

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem has invited us to create a Tan Renga with the given haiku by Ken Gierke. A Tan Renga is a short chained poem written by two poets. It looks very similar to a Tanka, but a Tanka is written by one poet.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 III (18): Grass on River Bank

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Action

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Migration

 

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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