Haiku: Ladies Bonnet

close up shot of blue ladies bonnet flowers and buds with raindrops

light rain
the stillness she adorns
ladies bonnet

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of blue ladies bonnet flowers and buds with raindrops

The Ladies Bonnet flower is also known as Columbine or Aquilegia.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1728: Columbine

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #60: Framing the Shot

Wordless Wednesday: Green Wonder

green budding leaves with a heart-shaped raindrop
macro shot of green budding leaves with a heart-shaped raindrop resting on one leaf

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Show Us Something Green

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wonder

Haiku: A Drop of Bliss

macro shot of rain drops inside young green leaves

water falls
between growing leaves
the pure land

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of rain drops inside young green leaves

Wishing you a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

We are delighted that the above haiku has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Our haiku Celtic Mist and Garden Buddha are also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation who helped put this project together.

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Haiku: Spring of Life

three daffodils with rain drops

daffodils
wet with wind and rain
how they dazzle

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a daffodil with raindrops resting around the edges
macro shot of raindrops resting on the side of a daffodil petal

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Round

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Garden Buddha

close up shot of the head of a buddha statue

light rain
around the buddha’s feet
a sea of diamonds

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of rain drops around green poppy leaves
macro shot of rain drops around green poppy leaves

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Meme-worthy Photos

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Iridescence

We are delighted that the above haiku has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Our haiku Celtic Mist and A Drop of Bliss are also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation who helped put this project together.

Silent Sunday: Awakening

macro shot of closed lilac crocus flower with raindrops
macro shot of lilac crocus bud slightly opening
close up shot of lilac crocus flower opening and one in the background slightly open

You can see more close-up shots of crocus flowers in our recent post Violet Flame.

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #34: Close-Up

Cee’s Flower of the Day: Crocus

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

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

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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