Haiku: Moonlight

lost and found
the barn key glitters
in the moonlight

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Moonlight was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 17 September 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word September 2021 (Reachable, Linkage)

Weekend Sky #42

Tanka: The Light Always Returns

snow-covered trees next to lit victorian street lights and parked cars

deep at night
the moon on snowy windows
sparkles, sparkles
the light always returns
your smile behind the lens

© Xenia Tran

dawn breaking in a snow-covered street with the street lights still lit

Wishing you all a wonderful new day,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/15 s – ISO 1600, f/5.6 – 1/20 s – ISO 1250 and f/5 – 1/25 s – ISO 800.

The Light Always Returns was first published in Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Quintessential

Word of the Day Challenge: Generous

Wordless Wednesday: Forest Feeders

a wood pigeon in tall grass below a birdfeeder
a red squirrel on a wooden squirrel feeder in a pine tree

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/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

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Haiku: Harvest Moon

zoomed image of Harvest Moon behind side of a pylon

harvest moon
climbing a pylon
in the night sky

© Xenia Tran

harvest moon glowing gold in a dark night sky

Thank you again for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you had a good week too.

These images were taken a couple of nights ago when the moon had a lovely glow.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and happy moon-gazing when we see the full moon tomorrow,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #158: Harvest Moon

Word of the Day Challenge: Sustain

Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word 2020-2 (Lunar)

Haibun: Autumn Equinox

a male swan and his cygnet in the pond

We’re enjoying an Indian Summer. Here and there some leaves are changing colour, a few float along the stream into the pond. The only cygnet that remains is showing his first white feathers. His parents have changed their plumage too. The sun travels lower through the sky, wrapping our world in warmest light.

one last wave
before the muddy roads
autumn equinox

© Xenia Tran

swan parents in new plumage on either side of their growing cygnet

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday and a happy September Equinox tomorrow.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/30 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #105: September Equinox

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Avian

Sunday Stills: Signs of Autumn

Haiku: Time to Paint

Peacock Butterfly

a macro shot of a peacock butterfly on purple lilac

ready to paint
september’s butterflies
in the garden

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of a peacock butterfly feeding on a magenta Duddleia

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, artist studio, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 18 September 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Love

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.

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

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

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gratitude

Haiku: Tranquility

rear view of the head and neck of a mallard drake, his feathers shimmering in the sun

tranquility
a mallard duck basking
in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up profile head shot of a male mallard duck, his feathers shimmering in the sun

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

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 The Haiku Foundation for featuring my poems and putting this beautiful edition together.

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