Haiku: Emanating Rays

golden sunrise over the Kyle and mountains

sunrise
gliding into
the river

© Xenia Tran

golden sunrise over the Kyle and mountains

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, brevity, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 7 August 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a very happy Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/2500 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #69: Seeing Double

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Open Topic

Word of the Day Challenge: Rhapsody

Wordless Wednesday: Changing Seasons

trees and reeds around a lake with first glimpse of autumn colours
trooping funnel mushroom surrounded by shamrock in forest

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our break! It’s lovely to be back and to see the changing colours around us.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #65: Pick a Place

Haiku: Mountain Stream

close up shot of water tumbling down between stones

always near
the spirits of loved ones
heaven’s river

© Xenia Tran

multiple waterfalls in a fast flowing mountain stream

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, cemetery, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 25 September 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

We’re taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine weather and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Stacked

Silent Sunday: Waterlilies

close up shot of waterlily leaves unfurling in the rain
two waterlily buds opening with raindrops on the petals and leaves
a waterlily blooming on the pond in the rain

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/ 320 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Texture

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sporadic

Wordless Wednesday: Chive Blossom

macro shot of a chive bud opening into blossom
macro shot of a chive blossom newly flowered with a bumble bee feeding
macro shot of a mature chive blossom in dappled evening light

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Flower

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Three of a Kind

close up shot of white bluebells
macro shot of white bluebell flower
macro shot of a white bluebell flower

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Three of a Kind

Haiku: Tranquility

rear view of the head and neck of a mallard drake, his feathers shimmering in the sun

tranquility
a mallard duck basking
in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up profile head shot of a male mallard duck, his feathers shimmering in the sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1638: Tranquil

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

Haiku: Garden Buddha

close up shot of the head of a buddha statue

light rain
around the buddha’s feet
a sea of diamonds

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of rain drops around green poppy leaves

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Meme-worthy Photos

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Iridescence

We are delighted that the above haiku has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Our haiku Celtic Mist and A Drop of Bliss are also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation who helped put this project together.

We are deeply honoured and delighted that the above haiku has subsequently been featured as part of the World Haiku Series 2019 organised by the Akita International Haiku Network, together with a Japanese translation by Hidenori Hiruta.

Haiku: Bouncing Light

a black headed gull preening himself beside two female mallards on a snow covered river bank

preening gull
the light that bounces
in the snow

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of snow on dead branches with starlight in a melting drop

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Depth of Field

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen

Wordless Wednesday: Follow Me

close up shot of an oystercatcher wading into the sea
side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows
side-on close-up shot of an oystercatcher wading through the shallows

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Quest