Our First Year in Review

As 2018 draws to a close we look back in gratitude for all the magic we found in nature.

We followed a pair of swans as they raised their first brood together, watched herring gulls dive for fish, were greeted by friendly mallards on our walks by the river. We saw squirrels and seals. We met oystercatchers, curlew, redshank, goosander, turnstones, wigeon and pigeons, sometimes as curious about us as we were about them.

We enjoyed the magic of macro, looking closely at blossoms, flowers, at ripening fruit. Raindrops captured the light and a reflection of our world. Ice crystals shimmered on the edge of an evergreen.

We saw clouds wandering across a pond, the first leaves of Spring, a mountain inside a stone by the river. The snow fields were slow to leave the higher ground, even when the water lilies were blooming. Our Autumn was glorious and the mist over the Kyle on Solstice day guided us into Winter.

A very big thank you to all our followers and fellow bloggers for their kind comments and support since we started this blog.

We really appreciate those fellow bloggers who host challenges too. A special thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting her Flower of the Day, Frank Jansen for his wonderful prompts at Dutch Goes the Photo, Patti, Amy, Tina and Ann-Christine for hosting the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, the team at the Rag Tag Daily Prompt for their Daily Writing and Photo Prompts, the team at dVerse for their poetry prompts, Frank J Tassone for his Weekly Haikai Challenge and last and certainly not least, Kristjaan Panneman at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for hosting the haiku prompts and retreats that we have supported throughout the year.

Thank you again for all the love. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and very happy New Year.

a cob swimming in the pond and the pen and two cygnets in the foreground

The annual review on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom can be found here.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Author: Tranature - quiet moments in nature

The stories, poems and photographs on Tranature are the original creative work of Xenia Tran, inspired by the natural surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

34 thoughts on “Our First Year in Review”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for walking along with us here πŸ™‚πŸ’œ To another fabulous year dear Lois and much love to you, Parker and Piper from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Heather and for all your lovely posts and prompts at the Rag Tag Community πŸ’œ Wishing you a blessed and very happy New Year too! πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Sandy πŸ’œ I look forward to seeing your beautiful images and words in the New Year too! πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ann-Christine πŸ’œ Wishing you all the best for 2019 too and please give Totti and Milo a big pat from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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        1. Thank you Ann-Christine, and Eivor and Pearl say thank you too! πŸ™‚πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Amy, a very happy New Year from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ•Š xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tracy, for sharing your beautiful photographs and inspiring stories and for your part in hosting the lovely Rag Tag Community too πŸ’œ Nature can bring us so many blessings 🌻🐦 When we capture some of this in an image or in words we can revisit these blessings over and over again. A very happy New Year to you and your loved ones from all of us here and a big pat for Ama and Makea too πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anita, He truly is. A blessed and happy New Year to you and your loved ones from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ•Š xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina, we are so blessed with all this natural beauty πŸ’œ Wishing you a blessed New Year and may our world always be peaceful and green πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŒ² xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your good wishes dear Laurie πŸ’œ Happy happy New Year to you, Clif and all the family from all of us here too πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ•Š xxx

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