Haibun: Where Frogs Are Sleeping

Cairngorms National Park


two whippets in the snow in winter jackets, sniffing the wall by the loch


In the glen November rain has turned to snow for all her answers and covers our trails with a blanket of stars. Most trees have lost their leaves. A delicate filigree stands guard beside the ice that sheets the loch. The world turns almost monochrome with subtle hints of colour.

sleeping frogs
below the ice their hearts beat
in quiet bliss

Β© Xenia Tran


Winter trees and snow by the frozen loch

We wish you all a magical day! With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO – 250 and f/4, 1/400 s, ISO – 100.


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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: Where Frogs Are Sleeping”

  1. My husband is off to Aberdeen in the morning, He’s only staying a few days, but I’m making sure he has plenty of warm clothes. We have had hail but no snow as yet.
    I love the beautiful detail of the trails covered with a blanket of stars and the filigree standing guard beside the loch – and, of course, the sleeping frogs. Keep warm, Xenia! πŸ™‚ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kim, we are used to these temperatures and know how to wrap up and enjoy the magic outside! Please make sure your husband brings a warm woolly hat with him – the icy North winds can be piercing if you are not used to them :o) xxx

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      1. The hat’s finished, although it needs a bit of sewing, and I’ve started knitting the scarf. It’s lovely thick, soft wool with tweedy flecks in it. After that, I hope to make another hat for a friend and then finish the baby things. Teddy bear buttons are on their way!

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  2. Those sleeping blissful frogs…what a beautiful haiku this is. The haibun is full of peace. I love the photos of Eivor and Pearl of course…they are all bundled up for their scampering around. Lovely visuals in this.

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  3. …and it WAS a magical day, the temperature reaching 71 degrees at the end of November! You always lead me to nature and new awareness. Thank you!

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  4. Terrific evocation of place – and the haiku – those chilly froggies sleeping in bliss. Odd thoughtful image – Thanks also for your wonderful photography – so nice to see snow pictures while it’s 30 degrees (Celsius) outdoors.

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  5. No snow here in southern California unless we go to high mountains. My husband and I are going to see Mercy, Will, and baby Autumn for Christmas. Hopefully, we’ll see some snow in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for your snow photos and peaceful poem!

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  6. Anything about ‘frogs’ – I didn’t start from the beginning at Frank T’s place, but I might go back and just write to his prompts for myself.

    Thanks for stopping by – I’ll bookmark your place. Best to you and all the fur family.
    (I’m in Southwestern Pennsylvania , USA)

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