Wordless Wednesday: Along the Loch Shore

the south shore of Loch Tummel in Autumn
view along the length of Loch Tummel towards Glencoe

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/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 125 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompt Wednesday Challenge: Autumn Strolls

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange and Green

Silent Sunday: Hideaway

a four month old cygnet on a loch
an adult swan and cygnet feeding upside down

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 640, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 500 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 320.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #49

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #119: My Hideaway

Haiku: Falling Petals

detail from a piece of pastel art featuring a woman

falling petals
he finds his mother
behind the rain

© Xenia Tran

pastel art of a woman appearing through a rain of cherry blossom

Working with pastels has been a hobby for many years and in my younger years my pieces were on display in cafés, art centres and at a local hospital.

My poems are mostly inspired by real-life experiences and sometimes by a dream or meditation. The above haiku was inspired by a dream and I tried to re-create the moment that sparked the poem in this painting.

I am deeply honoured and delighted that this poem was awarded an Honourable Mention in the International Section of the 2020 Haiku Invitational at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A big thank you to judges Agnes Savich, Beth Skala and Gary Hotham for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the winners.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs and original art (soft pastel on glass paper) by Xenia Tran.

Word of the Day Challenge: Hobby

Silent Sunday: Equine Equilibrium

a chestnut and a bay mare in paddock by the farmhouse
close up of shot of a chestnut and a bay mare in a paddock by the farmhouse

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 SX 60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #118: Communication

Wordless Wednesday: Forest Feeders

a wood pigeon in tall grass below a birdfeeder
a red squirrel on a wooden squirrel feeder in a pine tree

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 400, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #81

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-2 (Volte Face)

Silent Sunday: Walking Wonderland

Ledmore Woods

view across the hills from a walker's rest
view from a Highland mountain trail in autumn
close up of wild mushrooms growing from a tree stump
a mountain trail in autumn on a sunny day
close up of green and golden leaves

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

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Moving

Haiku: Harvest Moon

zoomed image of Harvest Moon behind side of a pylon

harvest moon
climbing a pylon
in the night sky

© Xenia Tran

harvest moon glowing gold in a dark night sky

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you had a good week too.

These images were taken a couple of nights ago when the moon had a lovely glow.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and happy moon-gazing when we see the full moon tomorrow,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #158: Harvest Moon

Word of the Day Challenge: Sustain

Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word 2020-2 (Lunar)

Wordless Wednesday: Highland Heather

a clear mountain stream with heather and pine
purple heather in bloom with a golden fern

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine autumn weather and will be back next Wednesday.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #79

Cee’s Flower of the Day

A Moment of Inspiration

Regular readers of this blog will know that the natural beauty of our world is a constant source of inspiration to me and today I am showing you what lies behind the way my photographs and poems are shared together.

It all began during a week’s Summer School at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University Belfast, and my visit to the Linen Hall Library in July 2007.

a man with a hat reading a paper in a library

Images and Reflections, both as book and exhibition, was one of the landmarks of the Linen Hall Library’s Open Door Millennium Festival and also marked the opening of the Library’s extended premises. It brought together vivid photographs of the Ulster of the last century with powerful contemporary writing by many of the province’s leading literary figures.

Seamus Heaney selected a photograph from the 1930s of a threshing scene that fitted perfectly with his poem Threshing Day. Michael Longley chose a photograph of a towpath of the early 1900s to accompany his poem In Memory of My Parents. Brian Keenan selected an old photograph of children at a cottage in Glenoe and created the poem Album to sit alongside it. Gerald Dawe immediately decided on a photograph of an emigrant family leaving Derry in the 1930s and knew that was the image he wanted to write a poem for.

Graduation Hall at Queen's University, Belfast

Gerald was leading our poetry workshop on writing poems for and from photographs as part of the Summer School. He told us that the photograph of the emigrant family leaving Derry was pinned to a board above his writing desk for months and he enjoyed spending time with it, growing familiar with the faces inside the photograph and when the Linen Hall Library asked him if they could have a poem for the exhibition he approached it from within the image and wrote it in the mother’s voice. It is a beautiful poem called Snap, symbolising both the idea of a snapshot and the being snapped away from a life they knew.

The poem has since been included in his Selected Poems (published in 2012).

Queen's University Belfast with Summer flowers

Prior to my week in Belfast my photography and my writing had been separate interests and I rarely brought the two together. Since then I’ve written poems to accompany photographs from a variety of angles and taken photographs to accompany existing poems. I will always be grateful to Gerry for sharing his insights during his wonderful workshop.

Images and Reflections is a book I treasure to this day and it continues to inspire me. It is available from the Linen Hall Library and from Amazon.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #115: Inspiration

Your Daily Word Prompt: Vivify

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