Haiku: All Souls’ Night

a snowy winter scene in the Cairngorms

all souls’ night
my great-grandparents
play in the snow

© Xenia Tran

close up of branches and heather covered in heavy snow

These images were taken in November 2017 at the start of a beautiful Winter.

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 – 1/250 s – ISO 320, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 250.

All Souls’ Night was first published in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Volume 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021. A very big thank you to Bruce Ross for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Sunday Stills: Winter Wonderland

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Your Daily Word Prompt: Optimism

Silent Sunday: Alba

close up of autumn heather and lichen
view across the glen towards the Cairngorms in autumn

We wish you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #126: Alphabet Challenge – Letter A

Word of the Day Challenge: Legendary

Wordless Wednesday: As Nature Unravels

brown heather and grass in autumn with a dead tree
north shore of Lochan Deo with leafless shrubs and golden grass

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 320.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #53

Word of the Day Challenge: Natural

Wordless Wednesday: A Small Eden

autumn colours, trees and their reflections in the loch
autumn colours, trees and their reflections in the loch

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/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #50

Wordless Wednesday: Lasting Leaves

an arch of autumn colours created by overhanging trees
a country lane beside a field in the glen surrounded by trees

The strong winds have blown a fair few leaves from the trees and thankfully there are still plenty of autumn colours to enjoy.

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 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day (including Leaves and Berries)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flora

Haiku: Autumn Air

 

a stream flowing through the glen below pine trees, heather and ferns

 

green to gold
in a world of treasures
autumn air

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of golden ferns with a shimmer of green still showing

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/3.2, 1/60 s, ISO 125.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fall

 

Tanka: Red Squirrel

Cairngorms National Park

 

red squirrel eating a nut in a pine tree

 

so gentle
his eyes, the curl in his tail
red squirrel
at home in this pine forest
I will always remember

© Xenia Tran

 

red squirrel sitting on a branch in a pine tree

 

red squirrel sitting on a branch in a pine tree

We wish you all a very happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Soft

 

Tanka: Where Ducks Fly

Cairngorms National Park

close up of a male mallard duck, a drop of water falling from his beak in the loch

evening glow
on rustling leaves, a castle
this dance with time
a pause in all our journeys
before we fly away

© Xenia Tran

a mallard taking off from Loch an Eilein, the castle and hills shimmer in the evening glow

We wish you all a blessed and relaxing weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/5, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/250 s, ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #43: Afterglow (yuuyake)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #51: Duck

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Time to Relax

Tanka: Embrace

Cairngorms National Park

 

west side of Lochan Mor, trees in full leaf and reeds waving in the breeze

 

embraced by reeds
a breeze ripples the water
in this heatwave
a shaded rock offers a seat
covered in grateful glances

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Mor with reeds in the foreground and lush green birch and pine-clad hills across the water

We wish you all a very happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

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 250 and f/4.5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Heat

Carpe Diem #1467: Bench in the Park

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #37: Embrace

 

Haiku: Lairig Ghru

Cairngorms National Park

 

Spring pine and heather and view to Lairig Ghru

 

a fusion of light
where clouds flow with rain and snow
mountain moon

© Xenia Tran

 

Spring pine and heather and view to Lairig Ghru

 

snow here
and on Mount Fuji
a cloud’s journey

© Xenia Tran

 

Spring pine and heather and view to Lairig Ghru

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Crossroads #8: The First Snow (Kanajo)

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rise