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

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

Haiku: Emanating Rays

golden sunrise over the Kyle and mountains

sunrise
gliding into
the river

© Xenia Tran

golden sunrise over the Kyle and mountains

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, brevity, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 7 August 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a very happy Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/2500 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #69: Seeing Double

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Open Topic

Word of the Day Challenge: Rhapsody

Silent Sunday: North West Highlands Geopark

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

view over the nature reserve from the Rock Room at Knockan Crag
view to the west through the open Rock Room window at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

To help celebrate the anniversary of the National Park Service we’re returning to the scenery from our Summer Break, seen through the open windows of the Rock Room Visitor Centre at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills: National Parks

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #60: Framing the Shot

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Excursion

Silent Sunday: Loch Droma

Loch Droma north shore with trees, hills and mountains in the background
Loch Droma with a small island with trees

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Reflection

Silent Sunday: Coigach Dreams

Stac Pollaidh

a zoomed in shot of Stac Pollaidh in Coigach, Sutherland
the Coigach landscape under a blue sky with cotton wool clouds

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday from Coigach,

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 250, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hill

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #55: Dreamy

Haiku: Warm Notes

 

young leaves in the foreground, lit up by the sun

 

warm notes
of the shakuhachi
deep forest

© Xenia Tran

 

male mallard duck bathing in a pond

 

listening
to the shakuhachi
splashing duck

© Xenia Tran

 

snow capped mountain peaks across Loch Morlich

 

here to stay
on mountain peaks
another season

© Xenia Tran

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to revise two haiku by Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984). The first one inspired two haiku. A shakuhachi is a flute that was originally introduced in Japan from China during the 6th century and is often used in meditation.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love, Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #30: Revise that Haiku – Soen Nakagawa’s Mountain Peak

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018: The Light of the World

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines