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

Wordless Wednesday: Sea Foam and Silver Wings

a herring gull leaning forward on a snow-covered rock
close up of a herring gull standing on a rocky outcrop

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 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 320 and f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stack

Wordless Wednesday: Morning Assembly

a flock of brent geese walking ashore from a choppy sea
close up shot of brent geese feeding on seagrass in the surf

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 125 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Assemble

Tanka: The Light Always Returns

snow-covered trees next to lit victorian street lights and parked cars

deep at night
the moon on snowy windows
sparkles, sparkles
the light always returns
your smile behind the lens

© Xenia Tran

dawn breaking in a snow-covered street with the street lights still lit

Wishing you all a wonderful new day,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/15 s – ISO 1600, f/5.6 – 1/20 s – ISO 1250 and f/5 – 1/25 s – ISO 800.

The Light Always Returns was first published in Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Quintessential

Word of the Day Challenge: Generous

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.

Both haiku and photograph were subsequently featured in the World Haiku Series 2020, facilitated by the Akita International Haiku Network with a beautiful Japanese translation by Mr Hidenori Hiruta. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hiruta for including this poem in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and all the souls of those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

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:

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

Haiku: Sea of Daffodils

close up shot of flowering daffodils

sea of daffodils
the green tick in your window
tells us you’re OK

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of three daffodils opening

Across the Highlands community groups are doing their best to look after the most vulnerable among us, as Covid-19 is spreading here too. In the village of Ballachulish every household received flags for display in their window or front door. A green tick means you’re healthy and able to go about your business, a red cross means you’re not so well and need help. Volunteers monitor the displays and arrange assistance where it is needed.

This haiku was first published in Haiku Dialogue: The Haiku Mind – Signs of Spring, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 25 March 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 a blessed Sunday and may you all stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connect

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #132: Covid-19

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

Wordless Wednesday: When Winter Melts Away

Loch Morlich

close up of melting ice on the loch beside a rock
Loch Morlich part-covered in ice, reflecting the clouds and blue sky

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

It was lovely to spend some time in the Cairngorms and see the ice melting on the lochs.

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/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Reflections

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #18

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Haiku: Pied Wagtail

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

pied wagtail
oh sweet little bird
busy, busy

© Xenia Tran

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Fun Challenge: Feathered Friends

Your Daily Word Prompt: Resilient

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Action

Silent Sunday: Forest Bridge

Faskally Woods

a wooden footbridge at Loch Dunmore with a red tiled roof on the pergola in Winter
a fallen tree on the shore of Loch Dunmore in Winter

For more images of Faskally Woods with the trees still in leaf please visit our earlier post Forest Lake.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 500, f/5 – 1/80 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/40 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trees

Becca’s Sunday Trees #428

Sue’s Weekly Photo Challenge: The Bridge