Silent Sunday: Bountiful Leaves of Gold

Achany Forest

a view across the River Shin from Achany Forest in autumn colours
a view across the River Shin from Achany Forest in autumn

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Becca’s Sunday Trees – 8th Anniversary

Your Daily Word Prompt: Bounty

Silent Sunday: Waterlilies

close up shot of waterlily leaves unfurling in the rain
two waterlily buds opening with raindrops on the petals and leaves
a waterlily blooming on the pond in the rain

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/ 320 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Texture

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sporadic

Wordless Wednesday: Painted Lady Butterfly II

macro shot of a painted lady butterfly feeding on purple buddleia
macro shot of a painted lady butterfly feeding on purple buddleia

Even though the flowers are beginning to fade we’re still enjoying peacock, admiral and painted lady butterflies on the Buddleia. The painted ladies seem to be most at ease around our paparazzi and you can see more images in an earlier post here.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #6

Your Daily Word Prompt: Exquisite

Silent Sunday: Seeing You, Seeing Me

a female merganser standing on exposed seaweed and stones in tidal river
a female merganser looking straight up at the camera from the riverbank

Ann-Christine invites us to take photographs from different angles and this sweet female goosander was looking at me from different angles too.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday from the river bank,

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 200 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #59: Angles

Your Daily Word Prompt: Review

Wordless Wednesday: Painted Lady Butterfly

a painted lady butterfly on top of lilac blossom
macro shot of a painted lady butterfly on top of lilac blossom
macro shot of a painted lady butterfly on top of lilac blossom

In case you missed them, Karina shared two beautiful photographs of a Common Blue butterfly in Ireland and Dwight shared images of some wonderful flowers, bees and a variety of butterflies in North Carolina.

It is lovely to see that they, like us here in the Highlands, are seeing more butterflies this year than last year. You can see more images from the butterflies in our garden here.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sublimity

A Walk at Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt

With a lot of rain forecast and only a light breeze, we’re braving the elements for a walk along the all-abilities path at Leitir Easaidh. The path is solid and even, free from slippery tree roots and stones that can be treacherous in wet weather.

fishing jetty at a lochan by Leitir Easaidh on a cloudy and damp morning

Several lochans sparkle among the heather and golden flowers of bog asphodel on brighter days. Loch Leitir Easaidh is the first one we come to, with a wooden fishing jetty and an adapted small boat, suitable for people with limited mobility.

stone and wood shelter with a grass roof by Loch Leitir Easaidh

On the other side of the jetty is a shelter, built with natural stone and local wood. It has a grass and heather roof and blends in beautifully with the natural environment. We pause here for a mug of tea during a heavy downpour. It’s a comfortable and soothing place to stay for a while. In nature and sheltered by nature.

a solar and wind powered wooden toilet building with a grass roof beside a loch

Beside the jetty and shelter is a small wooden building with a composting toilet. The building is wind- and solar-powered and has a grass roof for insulation. When we reach Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, we find a similar building, shelter, jetty and adapted small boat there for the visitor’s convenience.

The views beyond the gorse-covered hills across the water are obscured by cloud today, making it feel as if we’re walking in a small world of our own. A short, steep path on the left leads directly to a viewpoint. The other path takes you there via a slightly longer, more gentle route.

path at Leitir Easaidh climbing through the bog land and trees

The peaks and cliffs of Quinag are hidden above the clouds. It’s possible to continue deeper into this estate via a link path, which joins the Loch an t-Sabhail path. If the weather and visibility had improved, we would have been happy to combine these two walks.

view across Loch Leitir Easaidh, with Quinag's cliff barely visible in the distance through the heavy cloud

Despite the rain and poor visibility we enjoyed our walk here. It was very peaceful and the few walkers we met seemed to think we were on to a good thing too.

The Leitir Eiseadh paths are excellent and suitable for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The Little Assynt Estate is owned and managed for the community of Assynt by the Culag Community Woodland Trust.

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sustain

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trail

Wordless Wednesday: Castle in the Rain

Ardvreck Castle

The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle in the Spring rain
The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle in the Spring rain with the hills in the background
The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle with Spring rain coming down over the hills beyond Loch Assynt

We are delighted to see that these images inspired a beautiful poem by fellow blogger Carol L Hatfield at In Other Words, entitled Castle Ardvreck. Please go check it out.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tower

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Island

Your Daily Word Prompt: Wherever