Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a black whippet standing in front of the entrance to a cave at low tide
a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

Β© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

We wish 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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Layers

Your Daily Word Prompt: Origin

A newer version of this poem features inΒ Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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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.

45 thoughts on “Haibun: Origins”

  1. Beautiful photos, Xenia, the second one is stunning! And a lovely folk song and verse πŸ’– Fabulous post. Hope your week is off to a good start. Much love from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸ•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy πŸ™‚πŸ’œ Hope your week is off to a great start too and much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  2. Hearing that hauntingly beautiful song with your stunning photographs makes my breath catch…last year I attended my first Riverdance concert and the opening notes brought tears to my eyes, the language and music brings us home no matter where we are, thank you, Xenia, for a wonderful start to Canada Day and a brand new week!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim πŸ™‚πŸ’œ The opening notes to Riverdance are beautifully evocative and it’s wonderful how music can bring us home. A very happy Canada Day to you and your family from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  3. Amazing place and photographs, and sure, your Haibun lines hit too with the music/song… very special world you serve/share us, and I love to be here always. Thank you, Love, nia

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Draco, these coves are only accessible at low tide and when the sun is behind us the views are beautiful. A wonderful week to you too from all of us here πŸ™‚πŸΎπŸΎ


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