Haibun: Waiting for Rain

Cairngorms National Park


blue whippet in purple harness by Lochan Deo


In early June clouds float across Lochan Deo, the water slightly receding after an un-seasonable warm week. Today, clouds only float in sky. The loch is dry, earth lies parched between stones, curved driftwood.

still waiting
the pine and heather
for rain to fall

Β© Xenia Tran


Lochan Deo in August without water

The top photograph was taken at the beginning of June (at the start of the heatwave) and the second photograph was taken last week. We have had a little rain since and are hoping for more.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #63: Feel the Earth Move


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.

63 thoughts on “Haibun: Waiting for Rain”

  1. Happy you got rain as well! Here we have had quite good raining and the grass is recovering. However many animals have died. Found a totally dried out little hedgehog a couple of weeks ago. Could not save him, he was too far gone.

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    1. Thank you Ann-Christine, glad to hear you have had good raining! So sorry to hear about the animals and the poor wee hedgehog. We have been putting water bowls in the garden for the birds and passing wildlife and I understand it is difficult to help all the animals that roam in more remote areas – I think everyone is doing the best they can xxx


  2. Oh my goodness! What a difference between June and now! But the grass is still green. I can just imagine the wonderful scents of pine and heather when the rain does start to fall, breathing their sighs of relief.

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    1. Thank you Jane, we have had a few extremes this year, from the Siberian winds to the long Summer heatwave – we may never fully understand the causes with our limited human knowledge ;o) xxx


  3. That’s quite a beautiful haiku β€” it captures the image and the sense of the season very well. And the accompanying prose is well done too. “curved driftwood”, as an addition to the last line works so well.

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  4. what arresting images – incredible – but then, extreme is the “new normal” – and we shall continue to pay these incredible prices for it;

    wonderful haibun ~ and of course, wishing you some much needed and welcome rain ….

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  5. It looks like a very peaceful place. I appreciate seeing two photos from different times, but at the same place. It’s interesting to see how nature changes through the year, or even between only a few months.

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  6. So Far Absent From
    Hurricanes as really
    Big ones
    to Coasts
    in Pacific Ways
    More and Even Though
    Dog Days are chased away
    Voluntarily.. the Heat and
    Humidity at night
    even close
    Will Make Grown
    Men Sweat Waiting in Line
    Dance Within
    As Lines continue to Heat and
    Grow Longer For A Joy of Dance..:)

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