Wordless Wednesday: Sea Foam and Silver Wings

a herring gull leaning forward on a snow-covered rock
close up of a herring gull standing on a rocky outcrop

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/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 320 and f/6.3 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stack

Silent Sunday: A Glimpse into Our World

leafless trees in a park covered in snow
vine-covered trees in a park in a snow storm
two oystercatchers standing on one leg for a snooze in the snow

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO: 800, f/4 – 1/60 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #135: A Glimpse into Your World

Silent Sunday: Happy Homecoming

a swan family on a snowy river
a swan family swimming towards us on the river in winter

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Homecoming

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: Dewdrop Pearls and Crystals

evergreen leaves hoarfrost around the edges
macro shot of frozen dewdrop pearls on an evergreen

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful rest of the 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 250, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 250 and f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Silent Sunday: Winter Wetlands

partially frozen wetlands in winter
close up of frozen reeds and ice and flowing water

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX 60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #60

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Appealing

Wordless Wednesday: Then there were Two

swans and ducks feeding on the river
a seven month old cygnet preening on the riverbank
a female swan swimming in the shallows of a tidal river

One of the cygnets, the male, has fledged and there are now two cygnets remaining on the river. They look as if they’re ready to spread their wings soon too.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000, f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 1000 and f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns in Nature

Silent Sunday: A Safe Landing

a small flock of brent geese approaching to land on the shore
brent geese landing on the water near rocky outcrops
brent geese that have just landed make their way onto the rocky outcrops

It was lovely to see more Brent geese coming in to land and join the rest of the flock that were featured in last week’s post Graceful Geese.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #58

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Trail

Wordless Wednesday: Graceful Geese

Brent Geese

close up of a brent goose between tidal rocks
close up of three brent geese between tidal rocks

You can see more Brent geese arriving on our shores in Sunday’s post A Safe Landing.

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/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 800 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 800.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

Haiku: All Souls’ Night

a snowy winter scene in the Cairngorms

all souls’ night
my great-grandparents
play in the snow

© Xenia Tran

close up of branches and heather covered in heavy snow

These images were taken in November 2017 at the start of a beautiful Winter.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 320, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 250.

All Souls’ Night was first published in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Volume 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021. A very big thank you to Bruce Ross for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Sunday Stills: Winter Wonderland

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Your Daily Word Prompt: Optimism