Haiku: Window Feeder

window feeder
a robin people-watches
while he eats

© Xenia Tran

a robin looking in from the window feeder

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Window

Your Daily Word Prompt: Amenable

Wordless Wednesday: Step by Step

a black headed gull and a herring gull chick side by side in the shallows
a herring gull chick looking for food in the shallows
a herring gull chick catching a crab in the shallows of the tide

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Step by Step

Word of the Day Challenge: Discovery

Silent Sunday: A Serene View

Lochan Mor

a view of the northern shore of a frozen Lochan Mor with snow on the mountains
view of a frozen Lochan Mor and the southern shore

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: A View

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #179: Serene

Silent Sunday: River Swans and Cygnets

swan parents and their cygnets feeding in the river
a swan parent with six cygnets in the shallows of the river
a swan parent and seven of his cygnets feeding in  the shallows of a tidal river

The swan family enjoy feeding on the plants in the river at high tide. The cygnets are now six months old and even the late developing cygnet is showing her first white feathers.

They’ve come a long way since their Welcome to the World.

The parents still seem content to have the cygnets around and they may not fledge until the new year.

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 Colour Challenge: Winter’s Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Content

Silent Sunday: Forks in the Road

barricades with sand bags blocking the coastal path beside a wild sea
big waves on the Moray Firth seen from the shore

These images were taken a day after Storm Arwen when some of the roads and paths were still closed for safety reasons.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends further east and everyone else who has been affected.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday and may you all stay safe,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Weekend Prompts Weekend Challenge: Fork in the Road

Word of the Day Challenge: Naturally

Haiku: Crabapples

close up of crab apples with yellowing leaves

crabapples
rinsed by rain she gathers
the windfall

© Xenia Tran

a crab apple tree heavy with fruit

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Crab Apples was first published in The Asahi Shimbun, 5 November 2021. A warm thank you to David McMurray for including my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Forty Shades of Red

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Shapes in Flowing Water

close up of a small waterfall shot with a slow shutter speed and flipped to portrait
close up of a small waterfall shot with a slow shutter speed

When I slow down the shutter speed the most amazing shapes show themselves in the water.

The second image was taken in landscape mode and looked even more magical when I rotated it to portrait.

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: Discovery

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #171: Weird and Wonderful

Haiku: Stars on the River

rowan berries on the bank high above a fast-flowing river

lighting the stove
a salmon follows the stars
on the river

© Xenia Tran

a fast-flowing river seen from above through the trees

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Stars on the River was first published in The Bamboo Hut, Number 3, 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Home

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Silent Sunday: Safe Haven

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: Sanctuary

Silent Sunday: On a Bend in the River

The seven cygnets nesting on our river are ten weeks old today and the first white feathers are beginning to show.

You can see them at one week old in our earlier post Welcome to the World.

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: The Bend