Haiku: Stars on the River

rowan berries on the bank high above a fast-flowing river

lighting the stove
a salmon follows the stars
on the river

© Xenia Tran

a fast-flowing river seen from above through the trees

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Stars on the River was first published in The Bamboo Hut, Number 3, 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Home

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Haiku: Weathered Wood

a memorial bench plaque with a poem by Linda-Anne Campbell

weathered wood
the memorial bench
still holds her poem

© Xenia Tran

weathered wooden memorial bench

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

We had a relaxing time with beautiful walks in quiet areas (without a phone signal and limited internet) and hope you had a peaceful week too.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a happy week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weathered Wood was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation … in worn, imperfect and transient things … rusty hitching iron, 22 September 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta MacGregor and The Haiku Foundation for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

Wordless Wednesday: Evening Primrose

Oenothera Biennis

evening primrose flower with buds and wilted blooms
evening primrose flowers and buds in a forest

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

Wordless Wednesday: Pond Swans

It is the first time we have seen two pond cygnets this year and they are looking well, albeit less muscular than the seven river cygnets.

It is lovely to meet them as last year we did not see any cygnets on the pond.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC: September Color – Dark Greens

Silent Sunday: The Changing Season

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #164: Looking Up/ Down

Wordless Wednesday: Herald Moth

Scoliopteryx Libatrix

macro shot of a Herald Moth resting on the ground
macro shot of a Herald Moth resting on the pavement

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful start to September,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC: September Close-up or Macro

Silent Sunday: Safe Haven

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

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Sanctuary

Silent Sunday: Colours of the Setting Sun

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 #162: It’s All About the Light

Wordless Wednesday: Her Time to Shine

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: August – Pick a Topic from my Photo (Flower)

Caring for River Wildlife

It is an honour and a great pleasure to contribute four photographs to the 2022 Calendar for the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust that cares for our local river wildlife.

The river meets the sea here and we are blessed with the regular company of our resident swan family, mallard ducks, mandarin duck, goosander, oystercatcher, herring gull, heron and occasional visits by redshank, cormorant, wigeon and seals hunting for salmon.

Joe Telfer from the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust cares for injured birds and orphaned ducklings until they are ready to be released back into the wild and provides extra food when it is needed.

Our local wildlife is a great inspiration to me and I’m delighted to be able to give something back.

Copies of the 2022 Calendar are available from River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust, Nairn Bookshop and Strachans.

A special thank you to Iona Gibson for putting this beautiful calendar together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

CFFC: It’s a Small World