Wordless Wednesday: Marvellous Mosses

close up of sphagnum moss growing on a tree stump
macro shot of moss growing on top of a dead branch

We are taking a short blogging break to enjoy the fine weather and will be back on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Weekly Colour Challenge: Greenish

CMMC: September Close-Up or Macro

Haiku: Eastern Light

red poppies in a garden overlooking the sea

eastern light
how time slips by
since your passing

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 10, August 2022

fisherman's cottages above the rocks at sunrise

With warm thanks to Kala Ramesh, who encouraged me to write a new haiku to go with the header image, and create a haiga.

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Clouds

Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex

photograph of a woman next to a poem by Xenia Tran

We were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the dVerse Anthology published in 2017, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The anthology contains a selection of poems written by over 100 poets from all over the world and includes two written by me: Grandma Alice, a poem I wrote for my grandmother’s 100th birthday, and Frozen Footsteps, a haibun written after a walk in Glenmore Forest with our beloved late dogs, Eivor and Pearl.

My grandmother was fascinated by the moon landings and anything to do with space and time. She used to dismantle old clocks and watches to study their inner workings and create ornaments and paperweights with them floating at their centre.

I can imagine her smiling where she is now and it is making everyone who loved her so happy to know that a poem about her is going to the moon. In their own way, Eivor and Pearl will be delighted about this too.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch

Warm-hearted thanks to Dr Samuel Peralta for this wonderful gesture and for filling his amazing moon capsules with poetry and art from around the world.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr; photograph of my grandmother by K H Seeger.

CFFC: Would Make A Friend Happy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Memory

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

Word of the Day Challenge: Timeless

Haiku: Tea Time

a blue teapot on a tea-warmer

gentle rain
tea is steeping
on the warmer

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 3 June 2022

close up of a lit tealight inside a tea-warmer

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Brings a Smile to Your Face

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Focus

Haiku: Day’s End

rocks and outcrops between a shingle beach and the sea at sunset

day’s end
a cottage light glows
in the distance

© Xenia Tran

waves breaking on rocky outcrops at sunset

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in June 2022 (Bouldery, Perched, Surging)

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: End

Weekend Sky #66

Haiku: Morning Cruise

Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness

Caledonian Canal seen from the back of a moving boat

morning cruise –
happy hospitality
for Nessie-hunters

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 6 May 2022

Loch Ness with waves and something unusual in the water

We were not sure what we were seeing in the distance and cropped the image:

unexplained sighting on Loch Ness

At first I thought it was a wave, then I wondered whether it was driftwood. Could it be Nessie? I am not sure what we are looking at here, so if you have any idea, please let me know!

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

I am taking a short blogging break and will be back on Sunday 12 June 2022.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Nautical Blue

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #202: Minimalism – Maximalism

Water Water Everywhere #128

Haiku: For Ancestors and Progeny

Culloden Battlefield

a wooden memorial bench at Culloden with Gaelic inscription

Culloden Moor –
the grass beside the bench
a paler green

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 15 April 2022

plaque on memorial bench at Culloden

Wishing you a blessed Sunday, and to all of you who celebrate, a blessed Easter too.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Observance

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Short

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: 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: Snow Meditation

a herring gull bracing the snow storm on top of a chimney cowl
a herring gull on top of a chimney pot in a snow storm

Our adult herring gulls were oozing calm while braving the snow (that followed Storm Eunice) from the top of their chimneys.

We hope you all stayed safe and wish you a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekend Sky #56

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Close-Up