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.

a swan family on a tidal river with sparkling reflections of sunlight

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

Wordless Wednesday: More Apple Blossoms

macro shot of a pale pink apple blossom
macro shot inside a flowering apple blossom

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you all stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #40

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Fruits of Tomorrow

Apple Blossom

close up shot of apple blossom, buds and leaves

awakening
first apple blossoms
brimming with hope

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of apple blossoms with rhubard growing below

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem’s Time Challenge: First Blossoms

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge #17: Start a Garden

Sunday Stills: Awakening

Haiku: Pink Flow

the top branches of a cherry blossom tree with the top of a victorian style lamppost

cherry blossom
going with the flow
of our new normal

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of flowering cherry blossoms hanging from the branch in a heart-shaped cluster

This haiku was first published in Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – Pink, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 29 April 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Tia Haynes and post manager Lori Zajkowski for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125, f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossom

Discover Prompt #22: Tempo

Cee’s Flower of the Day

A further selection of recent publications in online and print journals can be found here:

Haiku: Lunaria Annua

close up of lunaria annua, part flowering, part in bud

spring leaves
the space in my heart
a new fountain

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of flowering lunaria annua

These images of the lunaria annua in our garden were taken on 5 April, 15 April and 23 April respectively.

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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #94: Home

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Discover Prompts #25 and #26: Magic and Hidden

Silent Sunday: Let There Be Light

close up of two violet tulips in bud
macro shot of a fully flowering Doronicum Little Leo

Wishing all of you a blessed Sunday and those of you who celebrate a Blessed Easter too.

Stay safe and healthy,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/20 s – ISO 1250, f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills: Lifted Spirits

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Discover Prompt #12: Light

Wordless Wednesday: Filled with Hope

Flowering Currant

lensball shot of flowering blackcurrant
close up shot of pink flowering blackcurrant

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hope

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Hanging On To Light

macro shot of an opening purple crocus bud
macro shot of blooming purple crocus

I am very grateful for all the amazing work the health service and everyone else who is making a positive difference is currently doing.

Following the example of Spain, France, The Netherlands and India, the UK is now organising a #clapforourcarers event on Thursday 26th March at 8pm where we can show our appreciation with a massive round of applause. You can clap your hands on your doorstep, balcony or indoors and share it online through social media.

Hoping you all stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/50 – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hang On

Your Daily Word Prompt: Bearing