Silent Sunday: Sweet Inspiration

three cygnets swimming by flooded grass
a pair of swans preening in shallow water

It was a lovely surprise when this young swan pair made their nest on the river. They and their three remaining cygnets are a true inspiration and continue to lift the spirits of our community in these challenging times.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday and a blessed 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 200, f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Your Daily Word Prompt: Inspire

Silent Sunday: Hanging On To Light

macro shot of an opening purple crocus bud
macro shot of blooming purple crocus

I am very grateful for all the amazing work the health service and everyone else who is making a positive difference is currently doing.

Following the example of Spain, France, The Netherlands and India, the UK is now organising a #clapforourcarers event on Thursday 26th March at 8pm where we can show our appreciation with a massive round of applause. You can clap your hands on your doorstep, balcony or indoors and share it online through social media.

Hoping you all stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/50 – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hang On

Your Daily Word Prompt: Bearing

Haibun: Looking Up

a pair of mature herring gulls on a chimney against a blue sky

All along our coast we are blessed with friendly neighbours of the feathered kind. They pair for life, raise their chicks as a couple and community. There’s something special about the light in their eyes, traversing crystal sea or sky. The way they sit on chimney pots, watch over us, feels very reassuring.

looking up
spring equinox approaches
a spinning sun

© Xenia Tran

a mature seagull sitting on a chimney pot against a blue sky

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and hope you are keeping safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #130: Spring Equinox

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Something

Your Daily Word Prompt: Traverse

Haiku: Pied Wagtail

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

pied wagtail
oh sweet little bird
busy, busy

© Xenia Tran

a pied wagtail striding out on the beach

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

Kate’s Friday Fun Challenge: Feathered Friends

Your Daily Word Prompt: Resilient

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Action

Haiku: Winter Solstice II

the day-moon in a blue sky over Findhorn Bay

snow on the peaks
a few more sleeps before
midwinter

© Xenia Tran

a sailing boat anchored in Findhorn Bay

We wish you all a wonderful Wednesday and a blessed Winter Solstice.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #117: Midwinter

Your Daily Word Prompt: Duration

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

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