Our First Year in Review


As 2018 draws to a close we look back in gratitude for all the magic we found in nature.



We followed a pair of swans as they raised their first brood together, watched herring gulls dive for fish, were greeted by friendly mallards on our walks by the river. We saw squirrels and seals. We met oystercatchers, curlew, redshank, goosander, turnstones, wigeon and pigeons, sometimes as curious about us as we were about them.




We enjoyed the magic of macro, looking closely at blossoms, flowers, at ripening fruit. Raindrops captured the light and a reflection of our world. Ice crystals shimmered on the edge of an evergreen.




We saw clouds wandering across a pond, the first leaves of Spring, a mountain inside a stone by the river. The snow fields were slow to leave the higher ground, even when the water lilies were blooming. Our Autumn was glorious and the mist over the Kyle on Solstice day guided us into Winter.

A very big thank you to all our followers and fellow bloggers for their kind comments and support since we started this blog.

We really appreciate those fellow bloggers who host challenges too. A special thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting her Flower of the Day, Frank Jansen for his wonderful prompts at Dutch Goes the Photo, Patti, Amy, Tina and Ann-Christine for hosting the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, the team at the Rag Tag Daily Prompt for their Daily Writing and Photo Prompts, the team at dVerse for their poetry prompts, Frank J Tassone for his Weekly Haikai Challenge and last and certainly not least, Kristjaan Panneman at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for hosting the haiku prompts and retreats that we have supported throughout the year.

Thank you again for all the love. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and very happy New Year.


a cob swimming in the pond and the pen and two cygnets in the foreground

With love from Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.


The annual review on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom can be found here.


Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018


Haiku: Pigeon Greeting


close up shot of a blue pigeon in evening light


evening light
a pigeon greets us
by the river

© Xenia Tran


close up shot of a blue pigeon leaning forward in evening light

With love from Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/320 s, ISO 800.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close Up or Macro