Wordless Wednesday: Wildflower Wonders

Common Ragwort

close up of a bumblebee feeding on rosebay willowherb
rosebay willowherb flowering in the dunes

It is lovely to see Common Ragwort and Rosebay Willowherb in bloom in the dunes at the moment, attracting lots of bees and butterflies.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: Reminds You of Nature’s Beauty

Silent Sunday: A Weekend Break

fishermen's cottages above rocky outcrops at dusk
fishermen's cottages above rocky outcrops at dusk

This will be my last Silent Sunday post for the year while I take a break to rest and recharge at weekends.

It has been a great pleasure participating in this weekly challenge for more than four years, where we let the images speak for themselves.

As from 1st August 2022, I will only be posting here on Wednesdays, whilst I continue to post on Mondays and Thursdays on our sister blog, Whippet Wisdom.

Thank you for all your fun shares, comments and visits on Sundays, it has been a true delight.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in July 2022 (Cove, Texture, Window)

Wordless Wednesday: Red Campion

close up of flowering red campion in dappled light
macro shot of a red campion in bloom

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex

photograph of a woman next to a poem by Xenia Tran

We were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the dVerse Anthology published in 2017, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The anthology contains a selection of poems written by over 100 poets from all over the world and includes two written by me: Grandma Alice, a poem I wrote for my grandmother’s 100th birthday, and Frozen Footsteps, a haibun written after a walk in Glenmore Forest with our beloved late dogs, Eivor and Pearl.

My grandmother was fascinated by the moon landings and anything to do with space and time. She used to dismantle old clocks and watches to study their inner workings and create ornaments and paperweights with them floating at their centre.

I can imagine her smiling where she is now and it is making everyone who loved her so happy to know that a poem about her is going to the moon. In their own way, Eivor and Pearl will be delighted about this too.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch

Warm-hearted thanks to Dr Samuel Peralta for this wonderful gesture and for filling his amazing moon capsules with poetry and art from around the world.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr; photograph of my grandmother by K H Seeger.

CFFC: Would Make A Friend Happy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Memory

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

Word of the Day Challenge: Timeless

Wordless Wednesday: Getting Lucky

a man in waders in the river casting a fishing line
a man in waders catching a fish in the river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #135

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lucky

Silent Sunday: Luminous Lunaria

Lunaria Annua

lunaria annua in the mid-morning sun
close up of lunaria annua in the mid-morning sun

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Luminous

Wordless Wednesday: Hypericum

Hypericum x inodorum ‘Magical Lightning’ (red)

close up of hypericum flowers, berries and leaves
close up of a hypericum flower and berries

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Tea Time

a blue teapot on a tea-warmer

gentle rain
tea is steeping
on the warmer

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 3 June 2022

close up of a lit tealight inside a tea-warmer

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Brings a Smile to Your Face

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Focus

Wordless Wednesday: Feeding the Bees

close up of a bumble bee feeding on purple toadflax
macro shot of a bumble bee feeding on purple toadflax

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: July Close Up or Macro

Silent Sunday: Seashore Treasures

close up of seagrass, barnacles and mussels clinging to a rock
close up of blue mussels and barnacles

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #206: Treasures