Haiku: Salmon Sky

rocks and rockpools on the beach at sunrise

salmon sky –
poppies lean the past
into the half light

© Xenia Tran

poppies and wildflowers in the foreground at sunrise over the sea

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Waterscapes

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Half Light

Haiku: Their Own Nest

close up of cherry blossom

their own nest
between rooftops
cherry blossom

© Xenia Tran

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 5:2, Spring-Summer 2022

cherry blossom blooms and buds

A warm-hearted thank you to all of you who showed so much kindness and love after the loss of our beloved Eivor and Pearl last month. Your prayers and healing have brought us great comfort.

We had no intention of fostering or adopting another dog so soon until angels both in heaven and on earth brought a sweet elderly whippet into our lives whose owner had passed away unexpectedly.

We look forward to introducing her on our sister blog, Whippet Wisdom, early next week.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Your Daily Word Prompt: Catenate

Haiku: Riding the Waves

a lone surfer riding a wave at first light

first light
a surfer tries his luck
on the waves

© Xenia Tran

a lone surfer riding a wave at first light
a lone surfer riding a wave at first light

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #130

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Achievement

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

Haiku: Morning Cruise

Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness

Caledonian Canal seen from the back of a moving boat

morning cruise –
happy hospitality
for Nessie-hunters

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 6 May 2022

Loch Ness with waves and something unusual in the water

We were not sure what we were seeing in the distance and cropped the image:

unexplained sighting on Loch Ness

At first I thought it was a wave, then I wondered whether it was driftwood. Could it be Nessie? I am not sure what we are looking at here, so if you have any idea, please let me know!

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

I am taking a short blogging break and will be back on Sunday 12 June 2022.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Nautical Blue

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #202: Minimalism – Maximalism

Water Water Everywhere #128

Silent Sunday: Rhododendron

close up of red rhododendron blooms
close up of white rhododendron blooms and buds

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

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Wordless Wednesday: Pink Blooms

Rock Peony

large pink and magenta blooms on a shrub
shrub with large pink and magenta flowers

If anyone knows the name of these flowers I would love to hear! The blooms are the size of large oriental poppies and grow on a shrub with small green leaves.

UPDATE: Thanks to Cathy, Cee and Eliza we have discovered it is a Rock Peony.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Tanka Prose: The Field of Everything

the cairn at Culloden Battlefield with fresh wreaths and flowers

The first gorse is in bloom and its warm scent of coconut and vanilla greets us as we follow the path across the moor. The rookery at Leanach Cottage is full of rooks and hooded crows. I wonder about the music the men who rest would have danced to and all their loved ones, who wanted to keep them safe.

ancient battleground –
the place where men fell
brimming with life
pilgrims and progeny
hear a skylark sing

© Xenia Tran

a path meandering through shrubs, moorland and trees with a blue flag on the right

This is another poem from a series I wrote at Culloden Battlefield during my visits in February and April. You can read two earlier poems here and here.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Elude

Silent Sunday: Six River Cygnets

a cob feeding in the river with three cygnets
pen sitting on her nest with two of her cygnets close by

It is lovely to see that six cygnets have hatched two days ago. The pen (mama swan) is still on the nest with three of her cygnets by her side (one out of view), whilst the cob (papa swan) is showing the other three where the best feeding places are.

We do not know how many eggs have not hatched yet and the parents are taking it in turns to sit on them and take their cygnets for a swim and feed.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Kindness Glitters, poetry by Xenia Tran at Spillwords.com

Spillwords.com presents: Kindness Glitters, poetry by Xenia Tran, artist & photographer who lives and works in the Scottish Highlands.

Source: Kindness Glitters, poetry by Xenia Tran at Spillwords.com

I am deeply honoured and delighted that my poem Kindness Glitters was published on Spillwords earlier today.

A warm-hearted thank you to Dagmara K and the Spillwords team for selecting and featuring my poem here.

Wishing you all a happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx