Haiku: Evening Snow

trees, shrubs and fishermen's cottages in the snow

evening snow
one by one she packs
the bare branches

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 30 December 2022

a narrow street with fishermen's cottages in the snow

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #232: Looking Back

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #161

Wordless Wednesday: White River Mallards

three white mallard ducks on the tidal river bank
two white mallard ducks snuggled together among tall grass on the riverbank

Tina, at Lens-Artists, invites us to post some images we did not get a chance to share earlier in the year.

These white mallard ducks may be offspring from escaped domestic ducks or hybrids. They have made themselves at home on the river and seem very friendly.

We wish our friends in the Northern Hemisphere a Happy Winter Solstice, and our friends in the Southern Hemisphere a Happy Summer Solstice.

We wish all of you who celebrate Christmas and Happy Christmas too.

We will return on Wednesday 28 December with a special post where we look back at 2022 and all the treasures it brought us.

a white mallard duck swimming in the river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #230: Last Chance

CFFC: Salt White Colors

Haiku: Snow Rumbles

close up of fire and logs in a woodburning stove

snow rumbles
even in the stove
football fever

© Xenia Tran

close up of fire and logs in a woodburning stove with dancing flames

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Reinvent

Monoku: Coming Home

Northern Lights over the Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water

coming home … an apache tear still in my pocket

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 14, December 2022

Northern Lights over the Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water
Northern Lights over the hills and Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water

We were treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights on Monday night and passengers on the Loganair Manchester to Inverness flight were offered a ring-side seat!

Apache tears are said to bring comforting and gentle support when you are grieving and when I put my hand in my pocket and felt the one still there, it sparked the above poem.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #80

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Haiku: Milestone

a triangle carved in stone with an arrow and the words 'where are we really going? Always Home'

autumn moon
my first sixty years
of wandering

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA, Issue 13, November 2022

a pond surrounded by reeds with a pine forest and mountain in the background

I wrote this poem just after my 60th birthday (end of September) and am delighted it was published yesterday in haikuKATHA. Warm thanks to the editorial team and congratulations to all the other poets featured in this issue.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and to our friends in the US, a happy Thanksgiving too.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #226: Textures

CMMC: November Alphabet – T in the Middle or at the End of a Word

Wordless Wednesday: Silent Treasures

close up of a meditation carved in slate and attached to wooden logs
close up of the word 'silence' carved in slate

This is our second lovely find while walking the trails near the Corbenic Camphill Community, a home for people with social, emotional, intellectual and learning disabilities in the heart of Scotland.

You can see a beautiful selection of stones, painted and embedded in benches by members of the community, in my Corbenic Circles and Curves post.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #219: Treasure Hunt

Haiku: Clan Stones

Culloden Battlefield

a bunch of wilting flowers wrapped in the Stewart tartan

fenced off
a highland cow feeds
near the clan stones

© Xenia Tran

Presence #73, July 2022

Stewart clan stone at Culloden with a bouquet of flowers

Cee invites us to connect to the present moment and Anne invites us to share our photographic groove. Connecting in a present moment to take a closer look and reflect on what I see runs like a thread through all my writing and photography.

Both haiku and photographs help me to pause and capture these moments and sometimes, such as in this case, the present moment connects me to a poignant moment in the past.

The above haiku is another one from my Culloden series, which has just been published in the July 2022 issue of Presence.

The header image is one I have shared before in a Silent Sunday post called Moorland Grazing. There was a timelessness about the scene that made me pause, reflect and sit down to write for a while.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #211: What’s Your Photographic Groove

CFFC: Connects You to the Present Moment

Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex

photograph of a woman next to a poem by Xenia Tran

We were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the dVerse Anthology published in 2017, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The anthology contains a selection of poems written by over 100 poets from all over the world and includes two written by me: Grandma Alice, a poem I wrote for my grandmother’s 100th birthday, and Frozen Footsteps, a haibun written after a walk in Glenmore Forest with our beloved late dogs, Eivor and Pearl.

My grandmother was fascinated by the moon landings and anything to do with space and time. She used to dismantle old clocks and watches to study their inner workings and create ornaments and paperweights with them floating at their centre.

I can imagine her smiling where she is now and it is making everyone who loved her so happy to know that a poem about her is going to the moon. In their own way, Eivor and Pearl will be delighted about this too.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch

Warm-hearted thanks to Dr Samuel Peralta for this wonderful gesture and for filling his amazing moon capsules with poetry and art from around the world.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr; photograph of my grandmother by K H Seeger.

CFFC: Would Make A Friend Happy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Memory

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

Word of the Day Challenge: Timeless

Silent Sunday: Seashore Treasures

close up of seagrass, barnacles and mussels clinging to a rock
close up of blue mussels and barnacles

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #206: Treasures

Silent Sunday: Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle seen from the water
Urquhart Castle seen from the water
Urquhart Castle seen from the water

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 #203: Local Vistas

Word of the Day Challenge: Mysterious