Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

 

a fallen tree with the trunk split in two, covered in moss and resting beside the pine trees

 

gentle rain
life still blooming
on fallen trees

© Xenia Tran

 

a tree stump covered in moss and surrounded by brown fern

 

close-up shot a tree stump covered in moss and surrounded by brown fern

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/80 s, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/60 s, ISO 200 and f/3.2, 1/80 s, ISO 200.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

 

Haiku: Winter Solstice

 

leafless trees, a pile of ancient stones and a stone bench silhouetted in morning mist with a hazy sun

 

in mist
twice the sunlight
on solstice day

© Xenia Tran

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

Wishing everyone in the Northern Hemisphere a Happy Winter Solstice, everyone in the Southern Hemisphere a Happy Summer Solstice and everyone who celebrates Christmas happy Holidays!

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back next week.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/1000 s, ISO 200, f/5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 125.

 

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Haiku: Winter Greeting

 

close up shot of icicles handing from fallen branches across the flowing burn

 

icicles bow
towards the tumbling burn
namasté

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of icicles hanging from fallen branches across the flowing burn

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

 

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Haiku: Pigeon Greeting

 

close up shot of a blue pigeon in evening light

 

evening light
a pigeon greets us
by the river

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of a blue pigeon leaning forward in evening light

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 800.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close Up or Macro

 

Tanka: Into the World

 

 

newly hatched
brimming with a lust for life
a cygnet
swimming beside his father
spring’s first hello

© Xenia Tran

 

 

at home
in the water, on land
a cygnet grows
strong wings, white feathers
autumn’s first farewell

© Xenia Tran

 

 

The most spirited and independent of the seven cygnets has flown the nest and we wish him well on his new journey.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160; f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320; f/5.6, 1/400 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.3, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

 

Carpe Diem #1556: Fleeting Autumn (yuki aki)

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Things with Wings

 

Haiku: Two Sparrows

 

a female sparrow hanging on to a birdfeeder with seed in her beak

 

love eternal
around the suet feeder
autumn leaves

© Xenia Tran

 

a male and female sparrow hanging off a birdfeeder, eating from suet balls

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 125 and f/2.8, s/125 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Into Dusk

 

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

 

quiet dusk
her violets and gold
in full bloom

© Xenia Tran

 

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/80 s, ISO 125 and f/5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

 

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