Silent Sunday: The Colour of Peace

blue and yellow pansies in the sun
grape hyacinth emerging between daffodil stems

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #143: Colorful April

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: A Touch of Pink

Flowering Currant (Ribes Sanguineum)

macro shot of a pale pink flowering currant starting to bloom
macro shot of pale pink flowering currant in the evening sun

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Dainty Daffodils

miniature daffodils and purple crocus in bloom
macro shot of a miniature daffodil

It’s good to be back and thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Snowdrop

close up of a cluster of snowdrops in the grass
macro shot of a snowdrop centre seen from below

The snowdrops are flowering a bit later this year and it was lovely to see them on our walk yesterday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Violet Ray

close up of a purple crocus flower half open
macro shot of a purple crocus flower

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artist Weekly Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Renewal

macro shot of purple crocus sprouting
macro shot of purple crocus sprouting

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Renewal

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Snow Flowers

macro of snow-covered pink escallonia flowers
macro of white and lilac hebe flowers covered in snow

Wishing 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/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Sunlit Roses

macro shot of a coral and pink rose
close-up shot of a coral and pink rose in the evening sun

Wishing 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/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Sue’s Weekly Prompt: Weekend Challenge – Flower Power

Word of the Day Challenge: Garden

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.

two swans with three young cygnets on the river

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

Wordless Wednesday: Wild Angelica

angelica sylvestris

close up shot of an opening pod of wild angelica flowers
close up shot of two opening pods of wild angelica flowers

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 – 1/125 s – ISO 160, f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day