Silent Sunday: Gold in the Shadows

Lochan Mor

Thank you all so much for your good wishes before we went on our short break!

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #152: Shades and Shadows

Silent Sunday: Peaceful Pasture

a horse leaning over a fence to eat dandelions
three horses grazing in the glen

We are taking a short blogging break for some walking and hiking adventures and will be back on Sunday 13th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Word of the Day Challenge: Adventure

Wordless Wednesday: Heavenly Scent

White Lilac

close up of white lilac blooms and buds
close up of white lilac blooms and buds

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Wild and Wonderful

Cairngorms National Park

a mountain stream running through a forest in the glen
snow-capped corries seen from the forest in the glen
a mountain stream flowing through the pine forest below the snow-capped mountains

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1250 s – ISO 720, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Get Wild

Wordless Wednesday: Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley
lily of the valley in bloom

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Welcome to the World

a pair of swans with seven one-week old cygnets
close up of two one-week old cygnets on the river
six one-week old cygnets feeding in the river with their mother

It was a true delight to see our local swans with seven one-week old cygnets on the river yesterday.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Weekend Prompts Weekly Challenge: Favourites

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Healing

a small waterfall in a mountain stream
green leaves covered in raindrops on a mountain trail

Sending Highland Healing to where it is needed and wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #148: Spots and Dots

Haibun: Pure Heart

a small cluster of Ornithogalum flowers

Between grass and fading shepherd’s purse a small cluster of Ornithogalum appeared, also known as Star of Bethlehem. This symbolic flower stands for hope, trust, honesty, solidarity and compassion.

Our thoughts are with our friends in Palestine and Israel and we hope a peaceful way forward can be found for the highest good of all.

from the shadows
a trail of stars
on earth

© Xenia Tran

Ornithogalum flower in bloom

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250, f/8 – 1250 s – ISO 500 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 360.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: May You Blossom

close up of apple blossom in spring sunshine
close up of a single flowering apple blossom in spring sunshine

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Seeds of Peace

periwinkle among green leaves and snapdragon buds

laurel leaf
the seeds of peace
she planted

© Xenia Tran

a bluebell bud appearing between lily of the valley

snowmelt
remembering her life
anew

© Xenia Tran

a sun-lit periwinkle flowering among spring leaves

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400, f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 450, f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 800 and f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 125.

The above haiku were first published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2021 – Entering the Earth as part of a four-haiku sequence, dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while she was peacefully protesting against the demolition of the home of a Palestinian family.

You can download a free pdf file of the full publication here. A warm thank you to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for putting this edition together.

Cee’s Flower of the Day