Haibun: Hills of Gold

Cairngorms National Park


two whippets walking towards the camera on a forest trail


Deep in the day’s turnings the light changes to gold. A pair of wild-campers set up an indigo tent, gathering stones for a fire. When we return to the loch all the new seems familiar.

fresh dreams
in the moon’s cycle
a cuckoo calls

Β© Xenia Tran


Loch an Eilein at sunset


Slighty zoomed in image of Loch an Eilein at sunset

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/320 s, ISO 400 and f/5, 1/160 s, ISO 400.


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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.

40 thoughts on “Haibun: Hills of Gold”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Liesbet! We are changing the timings of our walks to avoid the big crowds and it is lovely to see the glen in a different light of the day and evening :o) xxx

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  1. Xenia, the photographs are so beautiful! I love ‘Deep in the day’s turnings the light changes to gold’ – you’ve recreated the atmosphere you captured in the photos. And I still haven’t heard a cuckoo this year. πŸ™‚

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  2. Having just been in England I was reminded of how much longer the daylight lingers there and for you farther north even more so. Really such a magical time of day. Thanks for these photos!

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