Tanka: Mountain Frog

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

side by side
letting each other be
the frog and I
his eyes a lake of gold
high up in the mountains

© Xenia Tran

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

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Tanka: Into the World

newly hatched
brimming with a lust for life
a cygnet
swimming beside his father
spring’s first hello

© Xenia Tran

at home
in the water, on land
a cygnet grows
strong wings, white feathers
autumn’s first farewell

© Xenia Tran

The most spirited and independent of the seven cygnets has flown the nest and we wish him well on his new journey.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160; f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320; f/5.6, 1/400 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.3, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

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Tanka: Parallels

 

close up of a young crow on seaweed mixed with tidal sand

 

crow’s feast
between here and there
Samhain
honouring who came before
their spirits ever near

© Xenia Tran

 

an oystercatcher wading along the shoreline and three crows in the foreground on stones with sand and seaweed

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 125.

 

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Tanka: Harmonies

 

a curlew striding along the shoreline in front of rolling waves

 

a curlew passes
a gull, an oystercatcher
residing on the sands
a life of understanding
the song between the waves

© Xenia Tran

 

an oystercatcher diggin for food in the sands watched by a seagull, a curlew striding on between them

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.

 

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Tanka: Beech Tree

 

close up of the base of a moss-covered tree trunk with autumn leaves and grass in the foreground

 

piling up
leaves spin and weave
warm blankets
coloured by sunlight
in the wild, October wind

© Xenia Tran

 

beech tree in Autumn colours, branches forming an arch over the woodland path

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8, 1/160 s, ISO 160 and f/5, 1/50 s, ISO 320.

 

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Tanka: Two Mallards

 

a male and female mallard duck preening together at the edge of the loch

 

two mallards
so content together
water flows
below the fading heather
the moon begins to rise

© Xenia Tran

 

a female mallard preening herself beside a male mallard at the edge of the loch

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/160 s, ISO 800 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 1250.

 

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Tanka: Redshank

 

a redshank wading through the river at low tide beside the stones

 

catching the sun
between the river’s stones
a redshank
water rippling around his feet
soothing his reflection

© Xenia Tran

 

a redshank standing in the river at low tide beside the stones

 

close-up shot of a redshank standing by the river at low tide between the stones

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 100, f/6.5, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.5, 1/400 s, ISO 200.

 

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