Silent Sunday: Glorious Green

Lochan Uaine

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills: Ageless and Evergreen

Silent Sunday: Gold in the Shadows

Lochan Mor

Thank you all so much for your good wishes before we went on our short break!

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #152: Shades and Shadows

Silent Sunday: Peaceful Pasture

a horse leaning over a fence to eat dandelions
three horses grazing in the glen

We are taking a short blogging break for some walking and hiking adventures and will be back on Sunday 13th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Word of the Day Challenge: Adventure

Silent Sunday: Wild and Wonderful

Cairngorms National Park

a mountain stream running through a forest in the glen
snow-capped corries seen from the forest in the glen
a mountain stream flowing through the pine forest below the snow-capped mountains

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1250 s – ISO 720, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Get Wild

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Healing

a small waterfall in a mountain stream
green leaves covered in raindrops on a mountain trail

Sending Highland Healing to where it is needed and wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #148: Spots and Dots

Puente Poetry: Presence

gravestone in Frank Bruce sculpture park

(Frank Bruce 1931 – 2009)

a wooden post with the inscription 'I was privileged to be'

your words fade from
the headstone, the way you
returned to nature in this life
and after you join the stars

~ we sit with your presence ~

still lingering between
the Lesser Celandine
that point towards the light
you always followed

© Xenia Tran

close up of Lesser Celandine in the forest

This is my first attempt at writing a puente poem.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 640, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 640 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 100.

Puente is a modern poetry form created by James Rasmusson. The first stanza develops one aspect of a topic where you, line by line, work towards another aspect. The centre line is delineated by a tilde (~) and functions as a bridge that forms a couplet with both the last line of the first stanza and the first line of the second stanza. You can choose any number of lines, as long as the first stanza has the same number of lines as the second stanza. You can find more information about the form here.

dVerse Poetics: Build a Bridge

Word of the Day Challenge: Enable

Placing Poems

Placing Poems is an online, interactive map that shares poems about new and imagined journeys away from the stifling reality of the pandemic. We are delighted that this poem now appears on this map. If you visit the Placing Poems website and select The Map, you can scroll up to the Scottish Highlands and find it under Cairngorms, Feshie Bridge, alongside many other poignant poems.

Wordless Wednesday: Magic Awakening

Cairngorms National Park

a pair of mallard ducks in the shallows of the loch
a clear mountain stream flowing over stones and branches

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400 and f/14 – 1/40 s – ISO 500.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Shiny

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Awakening

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