Wordless Wednesday: Wonderful Wildflowers

The blue flowers (with pink buds) above are Viper’s Bugloss, which the bees especially love, and the purple flower is Corncockle. You can see more wildflowers in our recent posts Wonderful World, Happy Reunion and Nature’s Mandalas.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Friendly Friday Challenge: Wildflowers

Wordless Wednesday: Scents of Summer

Chamomile and Alpine Strawberry

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Heavenly Scent

White Lilac

close up of white lilac blooms and buds
close up of white lilac blooms and buds

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley
lily of the valley in bloom

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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

Haiku: Lily of the Valley

close up shot of lily of the valley flower and buds

north wind
lilies of the valley
shelter in place

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of lily of the valley flower and buds

This haiku was first published in Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – White, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 20 May 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.

The return of the arctic winds inspired a number of poems, including Arctic Breeze on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #42

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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

EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today, the other three were posted on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom on Monday 20 April 2020.

flowering tulips
retelling the story
how she survived

© Xenia Tran

a black and white old photograph of a woman standing next to pillars with a vase of flowers

great aunt Faye
the bell in her voice
still ringing

© Xenia Tran

rainbow coloured hearts displayed in a cottage window during lockdown

deep gratitude
when nothing is expected
rainbow windows

© Xenia Tran

In the Scottish Highlands people are displaying rainbow colours in their windows in gratitude for all the hard work key workers are doing and as a greeting to anyone passing by on their daily walk or exercise during the lockdown.

The woman in the photograph is my great-aunt Faye Doherty (1914-2006), who was a nurse. Some of the haiku in today’s post and Monday’s post were inspired by her, her kindness and her dedication to the work she loved.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download from the Haiku Foundation. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the team for putting this 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. The photograph of Faye Doherty was taken by my late grandfather.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Discover Prompt #14: Book

Discover Prompt #19: Three

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

Silent Sunday: A New Dawn

an empty car park by the seaside with flowers and trees
a small wooden shed beside a garden wall by the seaside

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday 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/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #93: Morning

Discover Prompt #18: New