Wordless Wednesday: Cherish the Rose

macro shot of the centre of a red rose with raindrops
macro shot of the top left segment of a red rose with raindrops

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a blessed day and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge#101: One Single Flower

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Cherish

Silent Sunday: Swans and Siestas

swan parents with four cygnets by the river
four cygnets in feeding in the shallows of a tidal river

Waking from their afternoon nap the swans and cygnets enjoy a preen and feed in the shallows of the river.

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

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 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Siesta

Haiku: A Small Fish

a grey heron stalking fish in a tidal lagoon

disappearing
in the heron’s mouth
a small fish

© Xenia Tran

a grey heron with a freshly caught fish in his mouth while wading through a tidal lagoon

It is a treat to see how patient herons are when using these trusted old methods to catch a new meal every day.

At the same I felt for the small fish and said a few prayers for him and his family.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #99: Old and New

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: For Our Good

Haiku: Little Blue Flower

Grape Hyacinth

macro shot of a grape hyacinth flower

grape hyacinth
the child I once was
in the garden

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of a grape hyacinth flower

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – Blue, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 15 April 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Tia Haynes and post manager Lori Zajkowski for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photograps by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #37

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Anniversary

A further selection of recent publications in online and print journals:

Tanka Prose: Now I Can See

lensball among green leaves, reflecting a colourful mandala

I am writing while we’re in lockdown. Panic buyers empty the shops, leaving less for all of us. Still I feel calm. We’ve been able to eat the food nobody wanted. We’ve adapted recipes, combining flavours like never before. We’re making everything last, stretch our resources. And I feel calm. I have never been afraid of dying.

the crow so wise
sees the centre of the surf
in rainbows
I’ve never felt more at peace
preparing to go home

© Xenia Tran

a crow striding across wet tidal sands towards the surf

Please be assured that I am feeling well. I have always regarded this journey through life as exactly that, a journey. I also believe there will be other journeys after this. I am treasuring my experiences and sharing what I see.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poetics: Now I Can See …

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Scry

Tracy’s Corvid 2020 Challenge #1

Jez Braithwaite’s Lensball Playtime #6

Silent Sunday: Hanging On To Light

macro shot of an opening purple crocus bud
macro shot of blooming purple crocus

I am very grateful for all the amazing work the health service and everyone else who is making a positive difference is currently doing.

Following the example of Spain, France, The Netherlands and India, the UK is now organising a #clapforourcarers event on Thursday 26th March at 8pm where we can show our appreciation with a massive round of applause. You can clap your hands on your doorstep, balcony or indoors and share it online through social media.

Hoping you all stay safe and well,

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, f/4 – 1/50 – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hang On

Your Daily Word Prompt: Bearing

Haibun: Looking Up

a pair of mature herring gulls on a chimney against a blue sky

All along our coast we are blessed with friendly neighbours of the feathered kind. They pair for life, raise their chicks as a couple and community. There’s something special about the light in their eyes, traversing crystal sea or sky. The way they sit on chimney pots, watch over us, feels very reassuring.

looking up
spring equinox approaches
a spinning sun

© Xenia Tran

a mature seagull sitting on a chimney pot against a blue sky

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and hope you are keeping safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #130: Spring Equinox

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Something

Your Daily Word Prompt: Traverse

Haibun: Treasures in a Bucket

macro shot of sleet falling in a bucket of water

While I am feeding the birds sleet begins to fall and the wind picks up. The sleet is heavy and slightly slanted, creating wonderful patterns in the water in one of the buckets I use to catch the rain.

fleeting snow
the Buddha and angels show us
they’re always here

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of sleet and raindrops hitting the water in a bucket

Brian at the Rag Tag Daily Prompt invites us to share examples of Pareidolia.

Pareidolia is the perception of an object, a pattern or meaning seen by the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds or seeing faces in inanimate objects or assigning human characteristics to objects.

Tina at Lens-Artists is looking for treasures (with a bonus point if you include a bucket) and Merril at dVerse Poets is inviting us to write about impermanence.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/13 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/10 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

dVerse Poetics: Impermanence

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pareidolia

Wordless Wednesday: Graceful Gulls

adult and juvenile herring gulls wading on the shoreline
a pair of herring gulls side by side on tidal sands

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

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 200, f/6.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #16

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Graceful

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Flower

Viburnum

macro shot of a viburnum bud about to flower
macro shot of a flowering pale pink and white viburnum

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #27

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Magic