Tanka: New Year’s Day

part of a large driftwood tree on the beach covered in frost

winter moon
her frost flowers
crystallise
ancestral blessings
from this year to the next

© Xenia Tran

close up of part of a large driftwood tree covered in frost

Wishing you all a blessed, happy and healthy New Year!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 320.

Carpe Diem #1842: End of Year

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #171: New Year’s Day

Tanka Thursday: Year

Silent Sunday: Alba

close up of autumn heather and lichen
view across the glen towards the Cairngorms in autumn

We wish you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #126: Alphabet Challenge – Letter A

Word of the Day Challenge: Legendary

Silent Sunday: Walking Wonderland

Ledmore Woods

view across the hills from a walker's rest
view from a Highland mountain trail in autumn
close up of wild mushrooms growing from a tree stump
a mountain trail in autumn on a sunny day
close up of green and golden leaves

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 #117: A Photo Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Moving

Wordless Wednesday: Highland Heather

a clear mountain stream with heather and pine
purple heather in bloom with a golden fern

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine autumn weather and will be back next Wednesday.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #79

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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

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