Wordless Wednesday: Basking Beauty

a basking shark in the Moray Firth with a paddle boarder
a basking shark swimming in the Moray Firth with mist and low cloud

We were treated to a rare visit by basking sharks yesterday who came to feed on the plankton in the Moray Firth before starting their long migration to warmer climes.

They were swimming and feeding close to paddle boarders, kayaks and sailing boats and the people aboard featured in many of my photographs as a result.

If you recognise yourself in the image above or the slideshow below please get in touch through the contact form and I’ll be happy to send you a copy of the photograph.

  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • a basking shark with a man in a paddle boat
  • a woman on a paddle board and a man in a paddle boat watching a feeding basking shark
  • people on paddle boards, in paddle boats and kayaks watching a feeding basking shark
  • a man on a paddle board beside a sailing boat watching a feeding basking shark

We were watching from the shore and it was lovely to see these gentle giants.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #45

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Zephyr

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

Silent Sunday: Lines at Dusk

sunset along the Moray Firth with the tide rolling out
sunset along the Moray Firth with the tide rolling out

The above images feature the final sunset over the Moray Firth in 2019 seen from Nairn beach. The last image in this sequence was first published in the Nairnshire Telegraph on Tuesday 7th January 2020 to accompany an article by the editor titled Farewell to an Old Year – and Welcome to the New. A very big thank you to Iain Bain for putting this edition together.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 400, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 800 and f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

Wordless Wednesday: A Special Place in the Sun

rock formations in the Moray Firth on a Winter's morning
close up shot of a pair of seagulls perched on a rock in the Moray Firth

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 125, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #9

Haibun: Christmas Lights

Christmas lights tied to lampposts in Findochty

The Festive lights along the coast are often understated. There is something honest and refreshing seeing them unlit against a blue sky. In this small fishing village, a handful of squares with cables and light bulbs are tied to the main street’s lampposts. One has a leaping dolphin, another a sailing boat. There’s an anchor and a ship’s wheel too. The locals joined hands to pay for it all.

all year round
a spirit of community
Christmas lights

© Xenia Tran

a Christmas light in the shape of a ship's wheel tied to a lamppost

We are taking a short blogging break until 29th December and wish all of you who celebrate a very Happy Christmas!

Seasons greetings with love
from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #76: On Display

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #118: Christmas

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Seven Days Before Christmas (2): Light

Word of the Day Challenge: Guidance







Silent Sunday: Into Twilight

a driftwood wigwam on the beach at twilight
a large piece of driftwood on the tidal line at twilight

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #76: On Display

Silent Sunday: A Dashing Display

a flock of greenshank in full display above the sea and sandbar
a flock of greenshank flying in formation above the water
close up shot of a flock of greenshank wading towards the shore

Wishing you all a very happy December and a blissful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Silent Sunday: Winter Landscape

a snow covered wooden bench beside the dunes overlooking the Moray Firth
snow covered bent grass, gorse and dunes overlooking the Moray Firth

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 640 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Photo Challenge 2019 – Week 5

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #31: Landscape

Haiku: Into Dusk

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

quiet dusk
her violets and gold
in full bloom

© Xenia Tran

sunset over Moray Firth looking West on an outgoing tide

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/80 s, ISO 125 and f/5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light

Haiku: Clouds and Waves

 

View across Moray Firth from the pine-clad shore

 

returning
the spirit inside, between clouds
waves of laughter

© Xenia Tran

 

close up of waves rolling towards the shore

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr..

Settings: f/5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/3.5, 1/2000, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #49: Clouds and Waves by Rabindranath Tagore