Silent Sunday: Woodland Wander

a bird hide across a woodland pond
a pair of ducks swimming across a pond

Wishing you all a wonderful 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/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Woodsy

Silent Sunday: Rippled Pond

close up of a preening swan
close up of a female swan's face

It was lovely to spend time with the pond swans again on our first return to the woods since the start of the pandemic.

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

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #43

One Word Sunday: Wet

Tanka: Meadowsweet and Thistle

a swan family preening and relaxing in a moat

shaded meadow
a range of flowers
surrounds our nest
the lockdown gives us time
to see each other clearly

© Xenia Tran

a smiling crow looking at the camera

Meadowsweet and Thistle was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #148: Summer Meadow

Your Daily Word Prompt: Connote

Word of the Day Challenge: Grace

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #270

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

Silent Sunday: Five Weeks Old

two four-week old cygnets seen from behind in the river
a pair of swans with their three cygnets on the river

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 320, f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #35

Your Daily Word Prompt: Secure

Silent Sunday: Sweet Inspiration

three cygnets swimming by flooded grass
a pair of swans preening in shallow water

It was a lovely surprise when this young swan pair made their nest on the river. They and their three remaining cygnets are a true inspiration and continue to lift the spirits of our community in these challenging times.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Your Daily Word Prompt: Inspire

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

Silent Sunday: Swans and Sweet Cicely

a swan on her nest between long grass and sweet cicely
a contented looking pen (female swan) on her nest

We are delighted that a young pair of swans moved in after our older pair left the river.

The pen (female swan) was born here four years ago. She would have joined a flock after leaving her parents and met her cob along the way.

It is lovely that she has returned to the place where her life began. She is familiar with the terrain, the tides and the feeding grounds. Yesterday, her first cygnets hatched.

The nest is surrounded by tall grasses and Sweet Cicely, which provide a good buffer for the strong winds we have at the moment.

Swans are doting parents who give their offspring the best possible start in life for the long journey ahead.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new 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/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/320 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #100: The Long and Winding Road

Haibun: Autumn Equinox

a male swan and his cygnet in the pond

We’re enjoying an Indian Summer. Here and there some leaves are changing colour, a few float along the stream into the pond. The only cygnet that remains is showing his first white feathers. His parents have changed their plumage too. The sun travels lower through the sky, wrapping our world in warmest light.

one last wave
before the muddy roads
autumn equinox

© Xenia Tran

swan parents in new plumage on either side of their growing cygnet

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday and a happy September Equinox tomorrow.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/30 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #105: September Equinox

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Avian

Sunday Stills: Signs of Autumn

Silent Sunday: A Break by the Pond

a cob and his three month old cygnet on a small island in the pond
a cob preening on a small island beside his cygnet

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #57: Taking a Break

Silent Sunday: Choices

a female swan and cygnet feeding with another cygnet looking on
two downy cygnets watching their mother pull up pond weed from the water

To celebrate Lens-Artists’ first anniversary, we’re invited to submit our own choice for this week’s challenge.

We decided to share a few more pictures of the cygnets before they begin to grow their feathers. You can see more images of the remaining three cygnets in our earlier post Summer Cygnets.

Thank you dear Amy, Ann-Christine, Patti and Tina for hosting this lovely challenge over the past year – here’s to many more happy anniversaries to come!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #53: Your Choice