Silent Sunday: Welcome to the World

a pair of swans with seven one-week old cygnets
close up of two one-week old cygnets on the river
six one-week old cygnets feeding in the river with their mother

It was a true delight to see our local swans with seven one-week old cygnets on the river yesterday.

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/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Weekend Prompts Weekly Challenge: Favourites

Silent Sunday: Light on their Wings

close up of a swan feeding on plants in the pond
a pair of canada geese flying above 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.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 160 and f/7.1 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #144: Taking Flight

Silent Sunday: Softly, Softly

a swan parent and cygnet in the river
an eight-month old cygnet with droplets on her head

Our swan parents have been encouraging the remaining two cygnets to leave the nest and spread their wings. One fledged over a week ago and the above cygnet is still here.

The adults continue to gently persuade her to leave and assure her that she’s ready. It’s very moving to watch. The cygnet is now eight months old and it’s the first time we have seen one stay with its parents for so long. It’s also the first time in more than ten years we have had a very cold Winter.

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be interviewed by the lovely Bella from ThoughtsnLivesBlog about my photography and poetry for her Let’s Get Inspired Series. Part 2 has just been published and focuses on my poetry and publication journey. Part 1 of the interview was published last week and if you missed it you can read it here.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #137: Soft

Silent Sunday: Happy Homecoming

a swan family on a snowy river
a swan family swimming towards us on the river in winter

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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Homecoming

Wordless Wednesday: Then there were Two

swans and ducks feeding on the river
a seven month old cygnet preening on the riverbank
a female swan swimming in the shallows of a tidal river

One of the cygnets, the male, has fledged and there are now two cygnets remaining on the river. They look as if they’re ready to spread their wings soon too.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000, f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 1000 and f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns in Nature

Silent Sunday: Six Months Old

a pen with one of her cygnets and some ducks on the river
a cob followed by two of his cygnets on 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 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #55

Bird Weekly: Birds in or near the Water or Snow

Silent Sunday: Hideaway

a four month old cygnet on a loch
an adult swan and cygnet feeding upside down

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 640, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 500 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 320.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #49

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #119: My Hideaway

Wordless Wednesday: Growing on the River

a pen with one of her cygnets on the river
two cygnets resting on a grassy river bank

The cygnets are now ten weeks old and their feathers have changed from grey to brown, with a bit of white coming through.

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

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 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #41

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Legacy

Haiku: Summer Cygnets

nurturing
stillness of summer
a swan’s love

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet pulling up an underwater plant with his beak

gentle breeze
pulling up pond weed
the cygnet grows

© Xenia Tran

two three week old cygnets beside their mother, water splashing between them

two cygnets
between them the water
flies away

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet with water droplets on her beak and crown and downy feathers

At the woodland pond, there are only three cygnets left.

They’ve grown a lot since we last saw them and are now pulling the smaller pond weeds up by themselves.

Sitting on the bank and watching them for a while, it was lovely to see them already develop their own, unique personalities.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/4, 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #51: Unique

Word of the Day Challenge: Nurture

Sunday Stills: Stillness of Summer

Villanelle: Worth Waiting For

a male swan tidying the nest with trees in the background

here by the river, our world seems beautiful
a swan in spring feathers tidies the nest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan shuffles away from the nest with trees in the background

big webbed feet are beginning to shuffle
the swan feels happy the nest looks its best
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

a male swan shuffles down a grassy crest, looking at the ground and ahead

with a breeze from the east, still fairly cool
the swan walks through grass, feet pointing west
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan shuffles down a grassy crest, looking at the ground and ahead

his neck stretched out, feathers unruffled
reflected in water, the swan knows his quest
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

a male swan approaching the edge of the riverbank and looking at the water below

moments like these feel deeply spiritual
he lands in the river assured, on his chest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

a male swan landing in the water, chest first, from a grassy island

loving, devoted and dutiful
the swan and his mate are equally blessed
here by the river, our world seems beautiful
as time brings us growth, birth and renewal

a male swan swimming in the river past a grassy island

This is my third contribution to the Villanelle prompt at dVerse Poets. You can read A Voice that Knows and Where Seasons Meet on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the villanelle:

here by the river, our world seems beautiful
a swan in spring feathers tidies the nest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

big webbed feet are beginning to shuffle
the swan feels happy the nest looks its best
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

with a breeze from the east, still fairly cool
the swan walks through grass, feet pointing west
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

his neck stretched out, feathers unruffled
reflected in water, the swan knows his quest
here by the river, our world seems beautiful

moments like these feel deeply spiritual
he lands in the river assured, on his chest
it’s time for growth, birth and renewal

loving, devoted and dutiful
the swan and his mate are equally blessed
here by the river, our world seems beautiful
as time brings us growth, birth and renewal

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

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