Silent Sunday: North West Highlands Geopark

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

view over the nature reserve from the Rock Room at Knockan Crag
view to the west through the open Rock Room window at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

To help celebrate the anniversary of the National Park Service we’re returning to the scenery from our Summer Break, seen through the open windows of the Rock Room Visitor Centre at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills: National Parks

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

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Excursion

Tanka: Mountain Frog

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

side by side
letting each other be
the frog and I
his eyes a lake of gold
high up in the mountains

© Xenia Tran

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Close Up

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spacious

Haiku: Loch Broom

a small yacht anchored behind two old fishing boats in Loch Broom

side by side
anchor balls and fishing boats
a glimpse of the west

© Xenia Tran

two old fishing boats anchored among leisure boats and rowing boats by Ullapool

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intrepid

Word of the Day Challenge: Glimpse

Haibun: A Day for Peace

macro shot of a white feather

In the city of seven rivers, doves are released into the sky as a symbol for peace. We remember how more than one hundred and forty thousand people lost their lives. Every year on 6th August, we remember.

The main river that feeds the others springs from the Chugoku mountains. The water is crystal clear and full of nutrients. There are crabs on the mud flats at low tide, cormorants fishing. In the middle of one of the rivers sits an island where herons nest. A survivor tells us, he loves to come here and watch the birds, fill his heart with hope for the future.

from the sky
on Hiroshima Day
a white feather

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of a white feather

Wishing you all a peaceful day and our thoughts are with our friends in Hiroshima.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Hiroshima Day 2019 – A Reflection on Peace

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Overhead

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intent

Silent Sunday: Loch Droma

Loch Droma north shore with trees, hills and mountains in the background
Loch Droma with a small island with trees

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Reflection

Wordless Wednesday: Flowers in the Detail

close up shot of forget-me-not flowers
macro shot of forget-me-not open flowers and buds

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our Summer break, we hope you all enjoyed your week too!

I’ll be catching up on my reader and wish you all a wonderful Wednesday!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #54: Detail

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close-Up of Flowers

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in July (Y4) – refulgent, nuances

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gratitude

A Walk at Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt

With a lot of rain forecast and only a light breeze, we’re braving the elements for a walk along the all-abilities path at Leitir Easaidh. The path is solid and even, free from slippery tree roots and stones that can be treacherous in wet weather.

fishing jetty at a lochan by Leitir Easaidh on a cloudy and damp morning

Several lochans sparkle among the heather and golden flowers of bog asphodel on brighter days. Loch Leitir Easaidh is the first one we come to, with a wooden fishing jetty and an adapted small boat, suitable for people with limited mobility.

stone and wood shelter with a grass roof by Loch Leitir Easaidh

On the other side of the jetty is a shelter, built with natural stone and local wood. It has a grass and heather roof and blends in beautifully with the natural environment. We pause here for a mug of tea during a heavy downpour. It’s a comfortable and soothing place to stay for a while. In nature and sheltered by nature.

a solar and wind powered wooden toilet building with a grass roof beside a loch

Beside the jetty and shelter is a small wooden building with a composting toilet. The building is wind- and solar-powered and has a grass roof for insulation. When we reach Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, we find a similar building, shelter, jetty and adapted small boat there for the visitor’s convenience.

The views beyond the gorse-covered hills across the water are obscured by cloud today, making it feel as if we’re walking in a small world of our own. A short, steep path on the left leads directly to a viewpoint. The other path takes you there via a slightly longer, more gentle route.

path at Leitir Easaidh climbing through the bog land and trees

The peaks and cliffs of Quinag are hidden above the clouds. It’s possible to continue deeper into this estate via a link path, which joins the Loch an t-Sabhail path. If the weather and visibility had improved, we would have been happy to combine these two walks.

view across Loch Leitir Easaidh, with Quinag's cliff barely visible in the distance through the heavy cloud

Despite the rain and poor visibility we enjoyed our walk here. It was very peaceful and the few walkers we met seemed to think we were on to a good thing too.

The Leitir Eiseadh paths are excellent and suitable for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The Little Assynt Estate is owned and managed for the community of Assynt by the Culag Community Woodland Trust.

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sustain

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trail