Silent Sunday: Spring Merganser

a male merganser preening himself on the water
a male merganser preening himself on the edge of the river
a male merganser standing proudly at the edge of the river after preening

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

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 200 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday: Glen Affric

view along the River Affric above Dog Falls in Spring
view along the River Affric above Dog Falls in Spring
view of the River Affric from the north bank with small waterfalls in Spring

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

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Lai Nouveau: River Affric

view of the River Affric near Dog Falls, with moss growing on a branch in the shape of a deer's head and neck

history lives near
in waters this clear
old songs
when ravens nest here
pine martens and deer
belong
fresh bluebells appear
this time every year

wild salmon who steer
the gorges this sheer
are strong
in silence we hear
our hearts leap and cheer
along
in waters this clear
history lives near

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a raven preening on a branch, partly obscured by smaller branches
a river tumbling over boulders and rock with small waterfalls

Grace at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Lai or a Lai Nouveau and I have opted for the Lai Nouveau at my first attempt.

A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.

A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.

You can read my second contribution Seashore Anew on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

The Lai and Lai Nouveau prompt stays open for another three weeks.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Poetry Form: Lai and Lai Nouveau

Your Daily Word Prompt: Negotiation

Haiku: Celtic Mist

 

stones near Bonar Bridge in the morning mist

 

 

a pinch of fog
pulling up a seat
by the river

© Xenia Tran

 

morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground

 

morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/7.1 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/800 – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

 

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

Silent Sunday: The Look of Love

 

a pen (female swan) swimming in the river in evening light

 

a pen and cob swimming past each other on the river

 

swan parents swimming closely past each other on the river

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 400, f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 500 and f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

 

Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday: Mallard Magic

 

a mallard duck bathing, head first in the river

 

close up of bathing duck resurfacing from the water

 

close up of bathing duck resurfacing from the water

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #21: Splash!

Silent Sunday

 

Silent Sunday: River Party

 

swan parents with four cygnets and several mallard ducks on the river

 

close up shot of three fully grown cygnets in the river

 

three cygnets with their father in the foreground and a few mallards on the river

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 1600 and f/6.3, 1/200 s, ISO 1600.

 

Silent Sunday

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