Silent Sunday: The Colour of Peace

blue and yellow pansies in the sun
grape hyacinth emerging between daffodil stems

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #143: Colorful April

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Building a Nest

a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below
a cob building a nest on a small river island with the pen feeding below

Following on from our earlier post Swan Love, the cob (male swan) is building the nest whilst the pen (female swan) is feeding on extra minerals in the river below.

We wish you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Water Water Everywhere #72

Silent Sunday: Swan Love

a pair of swans bonding with the cob dipping under water
a pair of swans bonding with their necks entwined
a pair of swans bonding on the river
a swan pair bonding on the river

The last cygnet has finally fledged and the swan pair are busy bonding and mating on the windswept river.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

CFFC: Birds of all Kinds

Your Daily Word Prompt: Overture

Wordless Wednesday: Seeds of Change

macro shot of clematis seed
macro shot of willow catkins
close up of catkins on willow branches

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on
Wednesday 24th March.

Wishing you all a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1-400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: (Pail or) Pale

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