Silent Sunday: Beside the Loch

a wider view of the loch surrounded by pine trees
dancing lights flickering across the loch with trees in the foreground, mountains behind the opposite shore

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday from Inshriach Forest,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/7.1 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Sue’s Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Silent Sunday: Glen Affric

view along the River Affric above Dog Falls in Spring
view along the River Affric above Dog Falls in Spring
view of the River Affric from the north bank with small waterfalls in Spring

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #44: Harmony

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Lai Nouveau: River Affric

view of the River Affric near Dog Falls, with moss growing on a branch in the shape of a deer's head and neck

history lives near
in waters this clear
old songs
when ravens nest here
pine martens and deer
belong
fresh bluebells appear
this time every year

wild salmon who steer
the gorges this sheer
are strong
in silence we hear
our hearts leap and cheer
along
in waters this clear
history lives near

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a raven preening on a branch, partly obscured by smaller branches
a river tumbling over boulders and rock with small waterfalls

Grace at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Lai or a Lai Nouveau and I have opted for the Lai Nouveau at my first attempt.

A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.

A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.

You can read my second contribution Seashore Anew on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

The Lai and Lai Nouveau prompt stays open for another three weeks.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Poetry Form: Lai and Lai Nouveau

Your Daily Word Prompt: Negotiation

Wordless Wednesday: Butterfly Meditation

macro shot of a peacock butterfly opening her wings on a tree stump
macro shot of a peacock butterfly opening her wings on a tree stump
macro shot of a peacock butterfly with wings fully open on a tree stump

We’re taking a short blogging break over the Easter Holidays and wish you a very Happy Easter, if you’re celebrating, and a wonderful weekend!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Worship

Wordless Wednesday: The Giving Tree

close up of a dead tree offering life to vine, lichen, mosses and more
close up of a dead tree offering life to vine, lichen, mosses and more
A dead tree offering life to vine, lichen, mosses and more

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in January Y4 – Lofty

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Balance

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Growth

Silent Sunday: The Look of Love

a pen (female swan) swimming in the river in evening light
a pen and cob swimming past each other on the river
swan parents swimming closely past each other on the river

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 400, f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 500 and f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Silent Sunday

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in January Y4 – Scintillating

Silent Sunday: Art in Nature

a wooden bench made from tree trunks overlooking Findhorn Bay
view to the north side of Findhorn Bay with an anchored sailing boat
close up shot of spiral seashell inlay on top of tree-stump table
close-up shot of seashells on wood catching the morning sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/1600 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weeky Photo Challenge #28: Curves