Haibun: The Colours of Gleann Einich

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets on a trail through the glen


On this warm day in a Highland heatwave we retire to the glen once more. Here in Gleann Einich, mature pine line the trail with young trees below. This forest is self-sown and eight thousand years old. We marvel at her history, her shades of mauve and green.

young ferns
glistening in the sun
the trill of bird song

Β© Xenia Tran


two whippets on a trail through the glen flanked by young green ferns and heather


It seems only yesterday, when we saw our first damsel. Today, we see them climbing in heather, buzzing between wild flowers like fairies. One of them lands beside us and waits. This time it feels right to crouch down and capture the moment.

a blue damselfly
navigating the colours
we smell to see

Β© Xenia Tran


a blue damselfly resting on young heather

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.


In case you missed it, you can read the post about our first damselfly of the year here.


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6, 1/125 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 250.


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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 two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

43 thoughts on “Haibun: The Colours of Gleann Einich”

  1. Beautiful photos, Xenia! I don’t know what the difference is between damsel flies and dragon flies. Can you enlighten me? In the forests near my parents’ house, the ferns are bright green and taller than me. And, I’m tall. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Liesbet and those ferns near your parents’ house sound huge!πŸ˜€ The easiest way to tell the difference between dragon and damselflies is to look at the wings. The damselflies fold them alongside the body when at rest (as in the photo) and the dragonflies keep them stretched out horizontally, like the wings of an aeroplane. Their bodies are a bit chunkier too and their eyes usually touch. The eyes of a damselfly are wider apart, which makes their face look very friendly. There are probably more differences in their biological makeup, but these are the most visible differences to me. I hope this helps! πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Vicky πŸ’œ There are so many interesting smells for Eivor and Pearl and they love exploring the glen. It feels like another world and yes, we wonder too who walked here before us! πŸ™‚πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  2. Your photos transport me to your part of the world. I look at them and I always feel a level of tension or stress, whatever it is from the day, let go and release and float away over those highlands.

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  3. As always, wonderful pictures, but I especially like the electric blue damselfly. Hope your heatwave breaks soon. We have one coming in the next couple of days.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind Laurie, it looks as if the heatwave is here for another six days and our walks will be early or in the shade for a little longer. Hope you will find plenty of places to stay cool where you are too! πŸ€—πŸ¦πŸ’– xxx

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