Silent Sunday: Art in Nature

a wooden bench made from tree trunks overlooking Findhorn Bay

 

view to the north side of Findhorn Bay with an anchored sailing boat

 

close up shot of spiral seashell inlay on top of tree-stump table

 

close-up shot of seashells on wood catching the morning sun

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/1600 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 160.

 

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weeky Photo Challenge #28: Curves

 

Wordless Wednesday: Winter’s Reflection

Dornoch Firth

 

Winter view across the Dornoch Firth, seen from the West

 

a barn and farmhouse beside birch and pine trees reflected in the water

 

View towards the East along the Dornoch Firth in Winter

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4, 1/200 s, ISO 160, f/4.5, 1/60 s, ISO 200 and f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 400.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

Sunday Stills: Reflect

 

Haiku: Winter Solstice

 

leafless trees, a pile of ancient stones and a stone bench silhouetted in morning mist with a hazy sun

 

in mist
twice the sunlight
on solstice day

© Xenia Tran

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

 

sun breaking through morning mist and low cloud above the river Shin in Sutherland

Wishing everyone in the Northern Hemisphere a Happy Winter Solstice, everyone in the Southern Hemisphere a Happy Summer Solstice and everyone who celebrates Christmas happy Holidays!

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

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3, 1/1000 s, ISO 200, f/5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 125.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #65: Solstice II

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Solstice

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #25: Reflections

 

Wordless Wednesday: Memories

 

a seal snoozing on a sandbar with a big smile on her face

 

a male seal barking next to a snoozing sleeping seal on a sandbar, a heron stands across the water

 

three grey and white common seals snoozing on a sandbar

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 200 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 160.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Wordless Wednesday

 

Haiku: Today’s Gift

 

a seagull with a crab in his beack looking straight at the camera

 

today’s gift
a crab in the gull’s beak
flying home

© Xenia Tran

 

a seagull flies over the water with a crab in his beak, while four seals slumber on a sandbar

The gull carried the crab to his partner at the end of the sandbar.

We wish you all a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 320 and f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Skill

 

Tanka: Where Ducks Fly

Cairngorms National Park

 

close up of a male mallard duck, a drop of water falling from his beak in the loch

 

evening glow
on rustling leaves, a castle
this dance with time
a pause in all our journeys
before we fly away

© Xenia Tran

 

a mallard taking off from Loch an Eilein, the castle and hills shimmer in the evening glow

We wish you all a blessed and relaxing weekend.

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/5, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/250 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #43: Afterglow (yuuyake)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #51: Duck

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Time to Relax

 

Tanka: Embrace

Cairngorms National Park

 

west side of Lochan Mor, trees in full leaf and reeds waving in the breeze

 

embraced by reeds
a breeze ripples the water
in this heatwave
a shaded rock offers a seat
covered in grateful glances

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Mor with reeds in the foreground and lush green birch and pine-clad hills across the water

We wish you all a very happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 250 and f/4.5, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Heat

Carpe Diem #1467: Bench in the Park

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #37: Embrace