Silent Sunday: The Gift of Love

macro shot of white icicle flowering currant, partially blossoming
macro shot of white icicle flowering currant, partially blossoming
macro shot of white icicle flowering currant, partially blossoming

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Spring of Life

 

three daffodils with rain drops

 

daffodils
wet with wind and rain
how they dazzle

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of a daffodil with raindrops resting around the edges

 

macro shot of raindrops resting on the side of a daffodil petal

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Round

Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

Silent Sunday: Awakening

 

macro shot of closed lilac crocus flower with raindrops

 

macro shot of lilac crocus bud slightly opening

 

close up shot of lilac crocus flower opening and one in the background slightly open

You can see more close-up shots of crocus flowers in our recent post Violet Flame.

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 160.

 

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #34: Close-Up

Cee’s Flower of the Day: Crocus

 

Silent Sunday: Violet Flame

 

macro shot of a violet crocus bud

 

macro shot of a violet crocus bloom half open with orange stigma and anthers peeking through

 

macro shot of a violet crocus bloom with orange stigma and anthers in the centre

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/3.2 – 1/160 – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 with DMW LC55 Lens.

 

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Color

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Friendly Friday: Contrasts

 

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

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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

 

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

 

Haiku: Evergreen

 

macro shot of hebe sapphire head with frost

 

sparkling with frost
your second flowering
hebe sapphire

© Xenia Tran

 

macro shot of hebe sapphire mid-section with frost

Hebe Sapphire is an evergreen that flowers in Spring and in Autumn.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5, 1/125 s, ISO 320 with DMW LC55 lens.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

Haiku: Blue Geranium

 

macro shot of a blue geranium in bud with raindrops

 

still they flower
shades of blue with purple veins
a gentle gaze

© Xenia Tran

 

macro shot of a blue geranium flower with raindrops

We wish you all a peaceful weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5, 1/100 s, ISO 125 and f/4.5, 1/80 s, ISO 125 with DMW LC55 Lens.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #11: Small is Beautiful