Wordless Wednesday: Night Visit

a pine marten eating nuts from a food bowl
a pine marten looking up from a food bowl
a pine marten chewing nuts from a food bowl

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Pleasing

CFFC: Candid

Silent Sunday: Shapes in Flowing Water

close up of a small waterfall shot with a slow shutter speed and flipped to portrait
close up of a small waterfall shot with a slow shutter speed

When I slow down the shutter speed the most amazing shapes show themselves in the water.

The second image was taken in landscape mode and looked even more magical when I rotated it to portrait.

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

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Discovery

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #171: Weird and Wonderful

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Twists

curled red autumn leaves in the rain
macro shot of delicate lichen

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Twisted or Squiggly

Silent Sunday: Community Spirit

a display of wall tiles hand-painted by local school children
a hand-painted wall tile featuring a rainbow with clouds on either side and a heart below in the centre

Following the decision by local authorities to close Cullen’s public toilets in the town square and at the beach, a group of volunteers raised funds and re-opened these vital facilities. The toilets are now managed by Friends of Cullen Toilet Group and these lovely tiles adorning a wall at the beach amenities were painted by pupils from Cullen Primary School.

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 #170: Street Art

Wordless Wednesday: Leopard Plant

Liguria Dentata Britt-Marie Crawford

leopard plant in bloom by a pond
close up of a leopard plant in bloom with a bee feeding

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

Haiku: Stars on the River

rowan berries on the bank high above a fast-flowing river

lighting the stove
a salmon follows the stars
on the river

© Xenia Tran

a fast-flowing river seen from above through the trees

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Stars on the River was first published in The Bamboo Hut, Number 3, 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Home

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Wordless Wednesday: Montbretia

Crocosmia Lucifer

close up of open crocosmia lucifer flowers
macro shot of crocosmia lucifer buds

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Curvy or Arches

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Weathered Wood

a memorial bench plaque with a poem by Linda-Anne Campbell

weathered wood
the memorial bench
still holds her poem

© Xenia Tran

weathered wooden memorial bench

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break!

We had a relaxing time with beautiful walks in quiet areas (without a phone signal and limited internet) and hope you had a peaceful week too.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a happy week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weathered Wood was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation … in worn, imperfect and transient things … rusty hitching iron, 22 September 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta MacGregor and The Haiku Foundation for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

Wordless Wednesday: Garden Gold

Corn Marigold (Glebionis Segetum)

macro shot of a leafcutter bee on corn marigold
macro shot of a leafcutter bee on corn marigold
macro shot of a leafcutter bee on corn marigold

I am deeply honoured to share Haiku and Photo Haiku as part of the World Haiku Series 2020, in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and in respect of all the souls who lost their lives to COVID-19. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations and for creating this wonderful series.

The haiku and photo haiku I offered were all created during the pandemic. Please visit Akita International Haiku Network for the full post.

We are now taking a short blogging break and will be back on Sunday 3 October 2021.

Wishing you all a sparkling Wednesday and a great week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: All That Is Gold

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Sparkling

Haiku: Moonlight

lost and found
the barn key glitters
in the moonlight

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Moonlight was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 17 September 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word September 2021 (Reachable, Linkage)

Weekend Sky #42