Wordless Wednesday: Young Herring Gull

close up of a herring gull chick with golden and green leaves in the blurred background
close up of a herring gull chick on the bank of a river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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CFFC: Birds

Wordless Wednesday: Corbenic Circles and Curves

close up of a painted stone with yellow flowers
a wooden seat in the forest with painted stones

These beautiful seats and hand-painted stones have been created with love by members of the Corbenic Camphill Community, a home for people with social, emotional, intellectual and learning disabilities in the heart of Scotland.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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CFFC: Circles and Curves

Haiku: Clan Stones

Culloden Battlefield

a bunch of wilting flowers wrapped in the Stewart tartan

fenced off
a highland cow feeds
near the clan stones

© Xenia Tran

Presence #73, July 2022

Stewart clan stone at Culloden with a bouquet of flowers

Cee invites us to connect to the present moment and Anne invites us to share our photographic groove. Connecting in a present moment to take a closer look and reflect on what I see runs like a thread through all my writing and photography.

Both haiku and photographs help me to pause and capture these moments and sometimes, such as in this case, the present moment connects me to a poignant moment in the past.

The above haiku is another one from my Culloden series, which has just been published in the July 2022 issue of Presence.

The header image is one I have shared before in a Silent Sunday post called Moorland Grazing. There was a timelessness about the scene that made me pause, reflect and sit down to write for a while.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #211: What’s Your Photographic Groove

CFFC: Connects You to the Present Moment

Wordless Wednesday: Wildflower Wonders

Common Ragwort

close up of a bumblebee feeding on rosebay willowherb
rosebay willowherb flowering in the dunes

It is lovely to see Common Ragwort and Rosebay Willowherb in bloom in the dunes at the moment, attracting lots of bees and butterflies.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: Reminds You of Nature’s Beauty

Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex

photograph of a woman next to a poem by Xenia Tran

We were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the dVerse Anthology published in 2017, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The anthology contains a selection of poems written by over 100 poets from all over the world and includes two written by me: Grandma Alice, a poem I wrote for my grandmother’s 100th birthday, and Frozen Footsteps, a haibun written after a walk in Glenmore Forest with our beloved late dogs, Eivor and Pearl.

My grandmother was fascinated by the moon landings and anything to do with space and time. She used to dismantle old clocks and watches to study their inner workings and create ornaments and paperweights with them floating at their centre.

I can imagine her smiling where she is now and it is making everyone who loved her so happy to know that a poem about her is going to the moon. In their own way, Eivor and Pearl will be delighted about this too.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch

Warm-hearted thanks to Dr Samuel Peralta for this wonderful gesture and for filling his amazing moon capsules with poetry and art from around the world.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr; photograph of my grandmother by K H Seeger.

CFFC: Would Make A Friend Happy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Memory

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

Word of the Day Challenge: Timeless

Haiku: Tea Time

a blue teapot on a tea-warmer

gentle rain
tea is steeping
on the warmer

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 3 June 2022

close up of a lit tealight inside a tea-warmer

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Brings a Smile to Your Face

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Focus

Haiku: Salmon Sky

rocks and rockpools on the beach at sunrise

salmon sky –
poppies lean the past
into the half light

© Xenia Tran

poppies and wildflowers in the foreground at sunrise over the sea

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Waterscapes

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Half Light

Wordless Wednesday: Into Peace

wooden bridge, shrine and blossom in a Japanese garden
a buddha statue on a plinth under a wooden roof of a garden shrine
two wooden bridges connecting an island to either side of the garden around the pond

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Edges and Ledges

Wordless Wednesday: Festive Sparkle

close up of crochet snowman nose and scarf covered in frost
close up of crochet snowman nose and scarf covered in frost
a crochet snowman cover for a red post box covered in frost

Local grandmother Caroline Mackay took up crochet as a form of rehabilitation (after suffering a stroke) and has adorned thirteen post boxes around town to spread some festive cheer.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Four Colors or More

Wordless Wednesday: Dancing in the Wind

macro shot of a yellow gerbera daisy in the wind
close up of a yellow gerbera daisy in the wind

A late gerbera daisy appearing in the garden who looks as if she is dancing in the wind.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thank you Cee for honouring us with this post as a CFFC Featured Blogger!

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