Silent Sunday: Swans and Siestas

swan parents with four cygnets by the river
four cygnets in feeding in the shallows of a tidal river

Waking from their afternoon nap the swans and cygnets enjoy a preen and feed in the shallows of the river.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Siesta

Wordless Wednesday: Currants and Berries

close up of a ripening gooseberry in the evening sun
close up of ripening gooseberry in the evening sun

The clean air during the lockdown is helping the fruits in our garden grow better than ever.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Golden

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Hyacinth

macro shot of a white wood hyacinth
macro shot of several white wood hyacinth flowers

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Pink Flow

the top branches of a cherry blossom tree with the top of a victorian style lamppost

cherry blossom
going with the flow
of our new normal

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of flowering cherry blossoms hanging from the branch in a heart-shaped cluster

This haiku was first published in Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – Pink, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 29 April 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Tia Haynes and post manager Lori Zajkowski for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125, f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossom

Discover Prompt #22: Tempo

Cee’s Flower of the Day

A further selection of recent publications in online and print journals can be found here:

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

Silent Sunday: Seat with a View

Raven’s Rock Gorge

a wooden seat with carved acorns and an owl in the back rest and leaves carved into the seat in a forest
wooden seat overlooking Raven's Rock Gorge and beyond with a sculpted owl in the back rest

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

XinfuMama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge 2019 Week 20

Your Daily Word Prompt: Nostalgic

Silent Sunday: Spring Goosander

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

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt: Narrative

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

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #44: Harmony

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Wordless Wednesday: Bright Eyes

two greylag geese on a lochan, the male trying to impress the female
a pair of greylag geese in the shallows of a loch
close up shot of a pair of greylag geese swimming across the loch

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, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/6.3 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

Wordless Wednesday: Welsh Poppy Meditation

 

welsh poppy, one in flower, others in bud, beside a garden Buddha

 

welsh poppy in bloom

 

close up macro shot of welsh poppy

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Cee’s Photography: Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday