Wordless Wednesday: Currants and Berries

close up of a ripening gooseberry in the evening sun
close up of ripening gooseberry in the evening sun

The clean air during the lockdown is helping the fruits in our garden grow better than ever.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Golden

Silent Sunday: Looking Lovely

Redshank

a redshank preening in the shallows by the sandbar
a redshank looking splendid in the sun after a good preen

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Sue’s Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Aesthetically Appealing

Word of the Day Challenge: Lovely

Wordless Wednesday: Frosty Mint Macros

macro shot of frost and ice crystals on mint leaves
macro shot of frost and ice crystals on mint leaves

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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #24

Word of the Day Challenge: Complete

Wordless Wednesday: Dawn of a New Decade

sunrise over Findhorn Bay, a few rowing boats in the foreground
sunrise over Findhorn Bay, a few rowing boats in the foreground

Wishing you all a blessed New Year!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #8

Word of the Day Challenge: Renewal

Haibun: Christmas Lights

Christmas lights tied to lampposts in Findochty

The Festive lights along the coast are often understated. There is something honest and refreshing seeing them unlit against a blue sky. In this small fishing village, a handful of squares with cables and light bulbs are tied to the main street’s lampposts. One has a leaping dolphin, another a sailing boat. There’s an anchor and a ship’s wheel too. The locals joined hands to pay for it all.

all year round
a spirit of community
Christmas lights

© Xenia Tran

a Christmas light in the shape of a ship's wheel tied to a lamppost

We are taking a short blogging break until 29th December and wish all of you who celebrate a very Happy Christmas!

Seasons greetings with love
from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #76: On Display

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #118: Christmas

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Seven Days Before Christmas (2): Light

Word of the Day Challenge: Guidance







Silent Sunday: Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

a curlew on a rock and two seals resting in the shallows
oystercatchers and seagulls feeding at low tide

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 320 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Comprise

Word of the Day Prompt: Travel

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.

Sunday Stills: Favorite Sport or Hobby

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

Word of the Day Challenge: Love

Haiku: Pond Meditation

view of a small pond flanked by trees leaning across the water

these memories
leaning across the pond
in the leaves

© Xenia Tran

view of a small pond flanked by trees leaning across the water

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue – Willow and Intro to Poet’s Choice, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 31 July 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/40 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/3.4 – 1/200 s – ISO 400.

Sunday Stills: The Essence of Zen

Word of the Day Challenge: Gesture

Haiku: Loch Broom

a small yacht anchored behind two old fishing boats in Loch Broom

side by side
anchor balls and fishing boats
a glimpse of the west

© Xenia Tran

two old fishing boats anchored among leisure boats and rowing boats by Ullapool

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intrepid

Word of the Day Challenge: Glimpse

Haiku: Summer Cygnets

nurturing
stillness of summer
a swan’s love

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet pulling up an underwater plant with his beak

gentle breeze
pulling up pond weed
the cygnet grows

© Xenia Tran

two three week old cygnets beside their mother, water splashing between them

two cygnets
between them the water
flies away

© Xenia Tran

a three week old cygnet with water droplets on her beak and crown and downy feathers

At the woodland pond, there are only three cygnets left.

They’ve grown a lot since we last saw them and are now pulling the smaller pond weeds up by themselves.

Sitting on the bank and watching them for a while, it was lovely to see them already develop their own, unique personalities.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/4, 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #51: Unique

Word of the Day Challenge: Nurture

Sunday Stills: Stillness of Summer