Haibun: Jewels In The Sand

black whippet by a tidal lagoon

It is that time of year when some fellow bloggers put a lot of effort into creating a competition. A competition between bloggers, some of whom have become friends. A competition that sends some bloggers into a vote-recruiting frenzy, asking anyone who reads their blog to ‘help them win’. It has very little to do with the real jewels in the sand.

We are grateful to have been nominated for the second year running. The intent behind the nomination we are sure, came from a good place. However, we do not believe in the circus this competition creates. Like we have said many times before, your love, comments and smiles across the miles are more than reward enough.

see these waves
channel a lagoon of dreams
when the gorse blooms

Β© Xenia Tran

two whippets running through lagoon to the beach

To us, the notion that one blogger is better than another is absurd. We are all winners.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: iA, 1/200 s and Action, 1/800 s.


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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

74 thoughts on “Haibun: Jewels In The Sand”

  1. Wow… Aesthetic photos, superb photographing skills, loving the shots taken. Wonderful, splendid, just inexplicably magnificent. Great layout. Loving the few words, a tiny yet suiting description about the pictures. Short and sweet. Have hope, write on! πŸ™‚

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  2. Love the haiku.
    I must be off in my own little bit of the blogosphere because I didn’t know that there was such a competition. But I agree with your sentiment. My competitions are always with myself. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Sascha πŸ’–It is the Annual Bloggers Bash Award where nominated bloggers ‘compete’ within designated categories. The ‘competitors’ do not enter the competition themselves, they are nominated.

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  3. Ξ€he first photo is superb, as many on this blog as well of course.
    I m a part of a very competitive community,as dancers community is,and I always felt weird with this.
    My thought always is, you gonna find your own place in the world,not looking on others but within your self.
    I created my own blog in the first place, just to have my most beloved photos some where else in the case that my hard disk will blow up some day! So,the up coming likes from other bloggers were a surprise and welcomed of course, but not my prime goal!
    So I m out of competitive feelings as a dancer and as a blogger.
    I m with you on this.
    If we match,we match,if we don’t, there is a big world out there, every one can find something different who likes.
    Competition,in blogging, and in many aspects of life, for me is just wasted energy and loss of point.
    Just my personal opinion.

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    1. Thank you dear Rodo for sharing this and I totally agree with you. I too believe that competition is a waste of energy, especially in the blogosphere where so many share their personal images and stories. Everything here is special in its own way and we can all find our own place in the world from within ourselves and those we connect and resonate with. Thank you for your kind words and much love to you from all of us here πŸ’–πŸΎπŸΎ

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  4. I totally agree with you. Competitive blogging really upsets me. I blog to communicate and for personal expression. Life is competitive enough without making blogging into a contest.

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      1. Thank you so much Sherif, that is very kind of you. We are an award free blog since last October, so please feel free to pass it on to someone else. Your smiles and visits are more than award enough ;o)

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      1. You too, Xenia! I’m running a Chatterbooks session at the library tomorrow morning and storytelling at the Cromer Crab and Lobster festival on Sunday, so it’ll be a busy one! 😊 xxx

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  5. Hear, hear! What I love so much about blogging is the community of friends I have met across the country, across the sea. Being competitive would just ruin things.

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      1. It truly is so lovely and we are very grateful for all the wonderful people we have met here and are still to meet here, your good self and Cliff included! Who else could ever teach me how to say and spell Wowsah! Thank you for stopping by Laurie and we wish you both a very happy weekend! :o) xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly Paul, I truly believe that any endeavour that runs on co-operative principles has the kind of heart and value that brings rewards way beyond the material ;o)


  6. Competitions can distort the purpose the artist intended. I’m on one other blog that has a continual competition going on. One day I had overy 500 visitors to my blog but no one actually read anything, harumph!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Helen and for sharing your wonderful blog with us about life with your amazing bird ‘family’ :o) I hope the osprey chick continues to do well and wish you a wonderful rest of the day :o) xxx

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  7. SMiLes.. my FriEnd
    i played Tennis over
    A Decade and before
    i played a game for points
    My favorite pArt was iS when
    mE the racquet and the backboard
    BecAMe a force of one iN FLoW iN ZoNe
    iN Transcendent Ecstatic Experience oF LiFe
    FloW iN ZoNe self found self less following Bliss
    And never
    But folloWinG
    A Wed oF LiFE Free..
    Now i Spiral Dance and SinG
    as reward iN itsELf.. Be yOur dReAM..

    No Checks

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. We feel truly blessed each day when we can experience the natural beauty around us without the need to take part in all the hoopla of a competition ;o) xxx

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