Silent Sunday: Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle seen from the water
Urquhart Castle seen from the water
Urquhart Castle seen from the water

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 #203: Local Vistas

Word of the Day Challenge: Mysterious

Silent Sunday: Rhododendron

close up of red rhododendron blooms
close up of white rhododendron blooms and buds

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Silent Sunday: A Light to Guide You

Riding Out the Storm at Portsoy

Riding Out the Storm lighthouse at Portsoy Harbour
top half of Riding Out the Storm lighthouse at Portsoy Harbour

Clan Cancer Support, in partnership with Wild in Art, shone a light across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland with Light the North, a lighthouse trail from 9 August to 17 October 2021. It was designed to provide a light in the dark for people affected by cancer and the lighthouses were later auctioned off to raise funds for the charity.

The above lighthouse, Riding Out the Storm by mosaic artist Rachel Davies, stood on a plinth at Portsoy harbour during this time and the local community loved it so much they wanted to keep it. With the help of crowdfunding organised by the Portsoy 75 Club and the local community, they succeeded in offering the winning bid.

We have been meaning to visit the area and this particular lighthouse for some time and it is lovely to see every little detail of the mosaics up close.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and may you always have a light to guide you through the storms,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #200: Every Little Thing

Silent Sunday: Six River Cygnets

a cob feeding in the river with three cygnets
pen sitting on her nest with two of her cygnets close by

It is lovely to see that six cygnets have hatched two days ago. The pen (mama swan) is still on the nest with three of her cygnets by her side (one out of view), whilst the cob (papa swan) is showing the other three where the best feeding places are.

We do not know how many eggs have not hatched yet and the parents are taking it in turns to sit on them and take their cygnets for a swim and feed.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: Swan in a Woodland Pond

close up of a swan with two drops of water falling from its beak
close up of a swan in a woodland pond

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #198: Light and Shadow

Silent Sunday: Culloden

a winding path between moorland and through a gap in the drystone wall at Culloden
a boggy path through Culloden Battlefield with melting ice
tall grasses waving in the breeze at Culloden Moor

On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite Rising came to a head at Culloden and the repercussions, especially on the Gaelic culture of the Highlands, were felt for many generations.

We visited Culloden at the beginning of February and even though the battle fought here happened a long time ago, you can still feel something in the air.

Over the coming weeks I will be sharing more photographs and a few poems I wrote while we were here.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Long

Silent Sunday: Flowering Currant

Ribes Sanguineum

close up of a flowering currant with a few buds still closed
macro shot of flowering currant blooms with dew drops

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: Spring or Autumn Season

Silent Sunday: Mother Earth

ancient pine forest with part of a russet-coloured fallen tree in the foreground
macro shot of lichen on bark

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: Mother

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth Story

Silent Sunday: Spring Curves

close up of two daffodils, moving in the wind
close up of a ladybird in lavender leaves

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #191: Curves

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: First Crocus

lilac and purple crocus buds emerging from the soil
two purple crocus flowers, one still part in bud

We break from the doings of our day and make space to notice you.
You are always with us in surprising guises.

– From Midday Prayer by Padraig O’ Tuama.

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

Cee’s Flower of the Day