Haiku: Lichen Light

lichen and moss on branches in a winter forest

lichen and moss
a small forest grows
along the branches

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of lichen and reindeer moss

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #25

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trees

Silent Sunday: Lines at Dusk

sunset along the Moray Firth with the tide rolling out
sunset along the Moray Firth with the tide rolling out

The above images feature the final sunset over the Moray Firth in 2019 seen from Nairn beach. The last image in this sequence was first published in the Nairnshire Telegraph on Tuesday 7th January 2020 to accompany an article by the editor titled Farewell to an Old Year – and Welcome to the New. A very big thank you to Iain Bain for putting this edition together.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 400, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 800 and f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

Wordless Wednesday: Frosty Mint Macros

macro shot of frost and ice crystals on mint leaves
macro shot of frost and ice crystals on mint leaves

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #24

Word of the Day Challenge: Complete

Haiku: Heavenly Portal

Lochan Mor

a male mallard duck pecking at the ice on a frozen loch

iced-up loch
so many rainbows
resting here

© Xenia Tran

a male mallard duck standing on a frozen loch

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Portal

Carpe Diem #1795: New Beginnings – Rainbow

Wordless Wednesday: A Special Place in the Sun

rock formations in the Moray Firth on a Winter's morning
close up shot of a pair of seagulls perched on a rock in the Moray Firth

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 125, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #9

Haibun: Making Lemonade

Her eyes filled with mist when she spoke about Zeeland. I was too young to understand her stories. The feeling in my heart when we made lemonade was real and true. She let me add a little sugar to warm water, while continuing to stir with her spoon.

Zierikzee
the ring with the moonstone
still fits

© Xenia Tran

This haibun was inspired by a moment from my childhood when I visited my great-grandmother in Rustoord, the retirement home where she spent her final years. Zierikzee is a town in the province of Zeeland in The Netherlands.

The above poem is an interpretation in English of my haibun Rustoord, originally written in Dutch:

Rustoord

Haar ogen liepen vol met mist, als ze het over Zeeland had. Ik was te jong om haar geschiedenis te begrijpen. Het gevoel in mijn hart, als we samen citroenlimonade maakten, begreep ik wel. Ik mocht schepjes suiker aan het warme water toevoegen terwijl zij met een lepel bleef roeren.

Zierikzee
het ringetje met de maansteen
past nog steeds

© Xenia Tran

I am delighted that Rustoord was first published in Vuursteen, Tijdschrift voor haiku, senryu en tanka, Winter 2019, the quarterly journal of Haiku Kring Nederland. A very big thank you to Marian Poyck and colleagues for putting this edition together.

The header photograph is the only photograph I have that features my great-grandmother. It was taken in 1941 by my late grandfather and features my late great-grandmother, my late grandmother and my father in his pram.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Retrospective

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Realm

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #257

Wordless Wednesday: Dawn of a New Decade

sunrise over Findhorn Bay, a few rowing boats in the foreground
sunrise over Findhorn Bay, a few rowing boats in the foreground

Wishing you all a blessed New Year!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #8

Word of the Day Challenge: Renewal