Silent Sunday: Swans and Siestas

swan parents with four cygnets by the river
four cygnets in feeding in the shallows of a tidal river

Waking from their afternoon nap the swans and cygnets enjoy a preen and feed in the shallows of the river.

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 SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Siesta

Haiku: A Small Fish

a grey heron stalking fish in a tidal lagoon

disappearing
in the heron’s mouth
a small fish

© Xenia Tran

a grey heron with a freshly caught fish in his mouth while wading through a tidal lagoon

It is a treat to see how patient herons are when using these trusted old methods to catch a new meal every day.

At the same I felt for the small fish and said a few prayers for him and his family.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #99: Old and New

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: For Our Good

Haiku by Issa

macro shot of a snail on the edge of a wall

the life of a snail
he goes to bed and gets up
just the way he is

– Issa

macro image of a snail between leaves

Watching this snail move through our garden I had to think of Issa’s haiku and thought I’d share it with you here.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #43

Silent Sunday: Walking with Hope

promenade above the beach with benches and trees
the word HOPE created with small pebbles on a larger flat stone

Julie Williams, a Highland art student, is inviting people to send her photographs of the word hope created out of items found in their homes or on their daily walks for her HOPE Art Project. The idea is that every participant creates, through their own artistic expression, a historical record of their hope during the current Covid-19 crisis.

With this in mind I set off on our morning walk with my camera, trusting I would find a quiet place on the beach with enough natural materials to create the word hope while keeping a safe social distance from others.

Whilst creating the piece, I reflected on how everything I experience on my walks fills me with hope. The sea has never been cleaner, the sky never so blue. People are kind and looking out for one another. So many good things are happening alongside all the sadness and loss. I hope all the good things will stay.

After creating the piece I left it there for others to enjoy or add their own messages to it.

If you’d like to take part yourself, please visit Julie’s website here.

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/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge #18: Create Your Own Rainbow

Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Walkabout

Silent Sunday: A New Dawn

an empty car park by the seaside with flowers and trees
a small wooden shed beside a garden wall by the seaside

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and may you all stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #93: Morning

Discover Prompt #18: New

Silent Sunday: Simple Beauty

a male tufted duck swimming in a loch
close up shot of green leaves with raindrop pearls

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #91: Simplicity

Wordless Wednesday: Emerging Green

macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrops
macro shot of a tall blade of grass with raindrop spheres and drops

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and hope you are all safe and well,

with love from Xenia xx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Up Close and Personal to Green

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #19

Wordless Wednesday: When Winter Melts Away

Loch Morlich

close up of melting ice on the loch beside a rock
Loch Morlich part-covered in ice, reflecting the clouds and blue sky

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

It was lovely to spend some time in the Cairngorms and see the ice melting on the lochs.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Reflections

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #18

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Silent Sunday: Between Lagoon and Sea

redshank snoozing and sunning on tidal sands
two redshank by the water's edge of a tidal lagoon

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday, a happy Saint David’s Day to our friends in Wales and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60, Settings: f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

Sunday Stills: Photographing Near and Far

Haibun: Treasures in a Bucket

macro shot of sleet falling in a bucket of water

While I am feeding the birds sleet begins to fall and the wind picks up. The sleet is heavy and slightly slanted, creating wonderful patterns in the water in one of the buckets I use to catch the rain.

fleeting snow
the Buddha and angels show us
they’re always here

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of sleet and raindrops hitting the water in a bucket

Brian at the Rag Tag Daily Prompt invites us to share examples of Pareidolia.

Pareidolia is the perception of an object, a pattern or meaning seen by the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds or seeing faces in inanimate objects or assigning human characteristics to objects.

Tina at Lens-Artists is looking for treasures (with a bonus point if you include a bucket) and Merril at dVerse Poets is inviting us to write about impermanence.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/13 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/10 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

dVerse Poetics: Impermanence

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pareidolia