Haibun: Life’s New Garden

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back

The criss-cross waves of high water tell us the tide is turning. Returning to the mouth of the river, the cygnets carry a glimpse of the sea. The pen is doing what she has always done. Prepare her young for the wider world, showing them where and when to feed. Her cob swims quietly by her side, creating an easy slipstream for cygnets who swim behind them. When the current becomes too strong they climb on their mother’s back.

We stand and watch them glide by and thank them for our own glimpse into another world.  I am enchanted by their deep communication and understanding.  Everything is done in total silence. Neither the cygnets nor their parents make a single sound. All I can hear is our smile.

all by themselves
lilies of the valley bloom
in nature’s garden

© Xenia Tran

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back
a pair of swans in the river with five cygnets on the pen's back

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Daily Prompt: Ceremony

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: All-time Favorites

dVerse Haibun Monday: Silent Sounds

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Wordless Wednesday: Rings of Love

 

a swan pair (cob and pen) and two cygnets eating seaweed

 

a swan pair (cob and pen) and seven cygnets eating seaweed

 

a swan pair (cob and pen) and six cygnets eating seaweed

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Ring

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Wordless Wednesday

 

Haiku: Spring Pond

 

swan gliding across a pond with spring buds in the foreground

 

spring pond
the sound of thoughts
flying away

© Xenia Tran

 

pond in spring with tree buds, green shoots and trees

 

swan prooning himself on a quiet pond in spring

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

Daily Prompt: Authentic

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific

 

 

Haiku: Floating Swan

 

swan (cob) floating on the river with dancing lights

 

awakening
this light of the world
floating swan

© Xenia Tran

 

swan paddling the river with his left leg and resting his right leg on his back

We are delighted this haiku appears (without the photographs) in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2018 and wish you all a wonderful new week!

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Daily Prompt: Glimmer

 

Misty Morning on the River

 

swan (pen) on her nest in the mist on the river with cob guarding the nest from the water

 

red breasted merganser swimming through the mist on the river

 

swan cob guarding the pen and her nest in the river

We wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Sunday.

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Silent Sunday

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Breathe