Silent Sunday: Woodland Wander

a bird hide across a woodland pond
a pair of ducks swimming across a pond

Wishing you all a wonderful 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/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Woodsy

Haiku: Lingering Light

two ducks preening on the pond

spending time
with ducks on the pond
late summer light

© Xenia Tran

close up of a preening duck on the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 LS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 640 and f/6.5 – 1/200 s- ISO 800.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #113: Labor of Love

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #155: Remaining Heat

Jez Braithwaites Water Water Everywhere #44

Silent Sunday: Rippled Pond

close up of a preening swan
close up of a female swan's face

It was lovely to spend time with the pond swans again on our first return to the woods since the start of the pandemic.

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 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #43

One Word Sunday: Wet

Tanka: Morning Glory

a herring gull chick stretches one leg and wing

morning glory
a seagull chick stretches
one leg , one wing
on the unlit rooftop
where she will learn to fly

© Xenia Tran

a herring gull chick on a rooftop tilting her head at the camera

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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #153: Morning Glory

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #12: Seagulls

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Posture

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Instincts

mama duck with two ducklings in the river
two ducklings in the shallows of a tidal river

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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #42

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Instinct

Wordless Wednesday: Growing on the River

a pen with one of her cygnets on the river
two cygnets resting on a grassy river bank

The cygnets are now ten weeks old and their feathers have changed from grey to brown, with a bit of white coming through.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #41

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Legacy

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Create a sanctuary within yourself where you can go anytime you want to
(Shakti Gawain)

an ancient pine overhanging a mountain stream with a wooden bridge behind it

Your sanctuary is your ideal place of relaxation, tranquillity and safety and you can create it exactly as you want it (Shakti Gawain)

Welcome to the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, where Patti, Tina, Amy and Ann-Christine kindly invited me to guest-host this week.

Here in the Scottish Highlands we spent more than a hundred days in lockdown where both our home and our community became our sanctuary during the Covid-19 crisis.

We are blessed that we live in a loving home and in a caring community. We have been reaching out to those who are less fortunate, those for whom home is not the safest place to be.

a swan family on a tidal river with sparkling reflections of sunlight

These people have been offered sanctuary with another loving family, with extended family members, neighbours, teachers or in solitude.

thistles, wild wheat and grasses in the dunes

Sanctuary can be found and created in a garden, a park, a field of wild flowers and by the sea …

a house sparrow feeding on wild wheat

… watching wildlife, listening to birdsong …

Cairngorms National Park in Summer, a view across Glenmore

… along the forest trails and in the mountains.

This week we invite you to share what Sanctuary means to you, where you find it or how you create your place of calm and healing. In your post, please make sure you include a link to this challenge and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find your post in the WP Reader.

Last week, you shared your wonderful images of Winter for Ann-Christine’s challenge. Many thanks Ann-Christine for hosting last week’s challenge and to all of you who contributed your amazing images of this beautiful season of snow and contemplation.

Have you seen these?

  • Abrie (Abrie Dink Hardop) takes us on a breath-taking Winter expedition in South Africa and shares a potential front cover for his memoir in Conquering Africa – A Winter Expedition
  • Yan Balczewski (From Hiding to Blogging) shares some beautiful frost flowers in Polar Vortex
  • Rupali (mazeepuran) shows us a magical Norwegian Winter and a poignant sculpture titled ‘Peace is a Promise of the Future’ in Fred er løfte om fremtid

What’s up next week? Stay tuned on 8 August when Amy will be hosting LAPC #109.

Wishing you all a wonderful and creative week ahead and I look forward to your submissions!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Word of the Day Challenge: Introducing

Tanka: Meadowsweet and Thistle

a swan family preening and relaxing in a moat

shaded meadow
a range of flowers
surrounds our nest
the lockdown gives us time
to see each other clearly

© Xenia Tran

a smiling crow looking at the camera

Meadowsweet and Thistle was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #148: Summer Meadow

Your Daily Word Prompt: Connote

Word of the Day Challenge: Grace

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #270

A further selection of recent publications in online and print journals can be found here:

Silent Sunday: Easy Like Sunday Morning

an oystercatcher walking across tidal sands towards the camera
an oystercatcher digging its beak into tidal sands

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/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Easygoing

Silent Sunday: Five Weeks Old

two four-week old cygnets seen from behind in the river
a pair of swans with their three cygnets on the river

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 320, f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #35

Your Daily Word Prompt: Secure