Silent Sunday: The Changing Season

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #164: Looking Up/ Down

Silent Sunday: Colours of the Setting Sun

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

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

Silent Sunday: A Postcard from the Country

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #159: Postcards

Tanka: Red Rose

a red rose
how grandmother blushes
when she sees him
after all these years his voice
the longest in her mind

© Xenia Tran

When my grandmother moved into a retirement home she met her first True Love (from High School) at the breakfast counter and it felt as if they’d never been apart.

He placed a red rose on her breakfast plate each morning and they had one blissful, love-filled year together before he passed away.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Red Rose was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 17, Number 2. A very big thank you to Michael McClintock and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this wonderful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #154: One Photo Two Ways

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Wonderful World

grandpa’s lazybed
his potatoes still grow
in the corner

© Xenia Tran

(Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021)

settling down
three generations
of oxen

© Xenia Tran

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 5 February 2021)

ascending moon
we graft the roots
of our evergreen

© Xenia Tran

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 19 March 2021)

such beauty
following a butterfly
who knows the way

© Xenia Tran

(Sharing Our Horizon, A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands
with Two Adopted Whippets by Xenia Tran)

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

A warm-hearted thank you to the editors of the Autumn Moon Haiku Journal and The Asahi Shimbun for featuring my haiku and putting these beautiful publications together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #153: It’s a Wonderful World

Word of the Day Challenge: Treasure

Silent Sunday: Gold in the Shadows

Lochan Mor

Thank you all so much for your good wishes before we went on our short break!

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #152: Shades and Shadows

Silent Sunday: Wild and Wonderful

Cairngorms National Park

a mountain stream running through a forest in the glen
snow-capped corries seen from the forest in the glen
a mountain stream flowing through the pine forest below the snow-capped mountains

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1250 s – ISO 720, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Get Wild

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Healing

a small waterfall in a mountain stream
green leaves covered in raindrops on a mountain trail

Sending Highland Healing to where it is needed and wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #148: Spots and Dots

Silent Sunday: Magic in the Detail

macro shot of hydrangea lace with raindrops
close up of hydrangea lace resting on leaves and moss
macro shot of hydrangea lace with raindrops
macro shot of hydrangea lace with raindrops

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/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 320, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 640, f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 220, f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details