Haibun: Nature’s Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the bark of a pine tree on a forest trail

We’re walking through the forest at Easter, the sun is bright and warm. It’s the warmest Easter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands. Eivor walks beside us, touching my hand with his nose to let us know. To let us know, how good it feels to be here.

Pearl walks slightly ahead of us, sniffing the bark of a pine, touching a twig or leaf. Prints from paw and foot weave on behind us. Our eyes follow the movements between the trees across the water, where pairs of geese go quietly.

nature’s spirit
stars flicker through the temple
of this world

Β© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness beside a pine tree on a forest trail
two pairs of geese swimming across a lochan surrounded by trees and reeds

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday and a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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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.

63 thoughts on “Haibun: Nature’s Spirit”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it’s been the sunniest we’ve ever seen! πŸ’œπŸŒž Hope you had a wonderful weekend too and much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Liesbet, it felt like Summer had arrived early! πŸ’œπŸŒž Hope the warm weather finds you soon too and enjoy your time in Albuquerque πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tracy πŸ’œ We went to the woods for some shade and forgot most of the trees were still leafless – it made for a lovely play of light!🌞 Much love back from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  1. Beautiful photos and words. I love the idea that Eivor touches your hand as you are walking to let you know how good it is to be in a place of beauty and springtime. Our animals do let us know sometimes don’t they!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, our animals love to let us know how happy they feel in nature and we feel so blessed to be walking here with them πŸ’œ Hope the weather is warming up where you are and much love to you and Biasini from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŽ xxx

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  2. Such a sweet Easter stroll. I do so adore your walkabouts with camera and dogs. How fortunate you are to live near the highlands; WA state’s deep forests and tall mountains are as close I can get to pristine perfection.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Glenn and for walking along with us here πŸ™‚ Those deep forests and tall mountains sound like a wonderful place to explore πŸ™‚πŸΎπŸΎ

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  3. Your photography and poems are always so restful, Xenia. I love the description of prints from paw and foot weaving together – it says so much about your relationship with Peal and Eivor – and the phrase β€˜stars flicker through the temple of this world’ – that’s so beautiful!

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  4. Xenia, your photos are poetic, in capturing the true beauty, of the world around you, as your words compliment them. Wish, I could say that southern Ontario has been, as warm as your Scottish Highlands, but, we were able to avoid that dread last snowfall of April.

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