Wordless Wednesday: Basking Beauty

a basking shark in the Moray Firth with a paddle boarder
a basking shark swimming in the Moray Firth with mist and low cloud

We were treated to a rare visit by basking sharks yesterday who came to feed on the plankton in the Moray Firth before starting their long migration to warmer climes.

They were swimming and feeding close to paddle boarders, kayaks and sailing boats and the people aboard featured in many of my photographs as a result.

If you recognise yourself in the image above or the slideshow below please get in touch through the contact form and I’ll be happy to send you a copy of the photograph.

  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • a basking shark with a man in a paddle boat
  • a woman on a paddle board and a man in a paddle boat watching a feeding basking shark
  • people on paddle boards, in paddle boats and kayaks watching a feeding basking shark
  • a man on a paddle board beside a sailing boat watching a feeding basking shark

We were watching from the shore and it was lovely to see these gentle giants.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #45

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Zephyr

Haiku: Lingering Light

two ducks preening on the pond

spending time
with ducks on the pond
late summer light

© Xenia Tran

close up of a preening duck on the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 LS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 640 and f/6.5 – 1/200 s- ISO 800.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #113: Labor of Love

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #155: Remaining Heat

Jez Braithwaites Water Water Everywhere #44

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

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Instincts

mama duck with two ducklings in the river
two ducklings in the shallows of a tidal river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #42

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Instinct

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

Tanka: Earthlight

lensball resting on seaweed at sunset by the sea

the air so clean
in our lockdown days
a healing
pulsing through the stars at night
were earthlight weeps and breaks

© Xenia Tran

sunset on the beach at low tide with silhouettes of two people walking

Earthlight was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2. A very big thank you to Michael McClintock at Tanka Café and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

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 – 1/40 s – ISO 800, f/5.6 – 1/13 s – ISO 1600 and f/3.4 – 1/30 s – ISO 100.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #39

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #109: Under the Sun

Earthweal Open Link Weekend #32

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

Wordless Wednesday: After the Rain

macro shot of raindrops on green leaves
macro shot of a leaf covered in droplets of rain

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #34

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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: Emerging Green

macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrops
macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrop spheres and drops

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and hope you are all safe and well,

with love from Xenia xx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Up Close and Personal to Green

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #19