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.

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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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Cee’s Flower of the Day

CFFC: All One Colour

CMMC: December Close-Up or Macro

Haiku: COP26

Cairngorms National Park

autumn in the Cairngorms with low cloud between the mountains

COP26…
small seeds are sown
to save the forests

© Xenia Tran

pine trees reflected in a lochan in autumn

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

COP26 was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 19 November 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

CFFC: Reflections or Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: Seaside Blues

blue bedlinen drying on the washing line outside an old fisherman's cottage
a small red letterbox on a coastal path overlooking the sea
a small white lighthouse on the harbour wall with a wild sea

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Future Nostalgic

CMMC: November Color Blue

Wordless Wednesday: Night Visit

a pine marten eating nuts from a food bowl
a pine marten looking up from a food bowl
a pine marten chewing nuts from a food bowl

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Pleasing

CFFC: Candid

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Twists

curled red autumn leaves in the rain
macro shot of delicate lichen

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Twisted or Squiggly

Wordless Wednesday: Montbretia

Crocosmia Lucifer

close up of open crocosmia lucifer flowers
macro shot of crocosmia lucifer buds

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Curvy or Arches

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Caring for River Wildlife

It is an honour and a great pleasure to contribute four photographs to the 2022 Calendar for the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust that cares for our local river wildlife.

The river meets the sea here and we are blessed with the regular company of our resident swan family, mallard ducks, mandarin duck, goosander, oystercatcher, herring gull, heron and occasional visits by redshank, cormorant, wigeon and seals hunting for salmon.

Joe Telfer from the River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust cares for injured birds and orphaned ducklings until they are ready to be released back into the wild and provides extra food when it is needed.

Our local wildlife is a great inspiration to me and I’m delighted to be able to give something back.

Copies of the 2022 Calendar are available from River Nairn Swans & Waterfowl Trust, Nairn Bookshop and Strachans.

A special thank you to Iona Gibson for putting this beautiful calendar together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

CFFC: It’s a Small World

Haiku: A Helping Hand

blown off-course
the coastguard gathers
at the boat slip

© Xenia Tran

I wrote this haiku in honour of the volunteers from the RNLI who will go out in all weathers to rescue people from our seas, lakes, rivers and floods.

If you want to find out more about what they do, are interested in volunteering or wish to support them in other ways please visit their website here.

Wishing you all safe harbour,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

A Helping Hand was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 4 June 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Question

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Flow, Tidal

CFFC: Blue

Wordless Wednesday: Water of Life

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water Found in Nature