Haibun: Memories in Motion

a blue and white whippet standing on the dunes at the mouth of a river
a black whippet walking through the dunes below a pine forest

It’s our first journey to the bay since the hundred days of lockdown. In my mind’s eye we visited this pebbled shore a few times, walking through old photos and the memories collected. Now I can feel the wind buffet around us, see my grandmother’s face appear in the clouds once more.

learning to fly
the kindness of herring gulls
on bright water

Β© Xenia Tran

During lockdown I’ve been looking at new ways of merging poems and images and participated in a few collaborative projects with other poets, artists and photographers. The above video is the first I wove together and you can see the second one I produced in A Star Follows.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx.

Photographs and video by Xenia Tran.

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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.

69 thoughts on “Haibun: Memories in Motion”

  1. You had a beautiful day for your visit to the bay β˜€οΈ and I love the video, so nice to see Eivor and Pearl in motion πŸ€— Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, the weather was so beautiful it made our return here extra special 🌞 A very happy Wednesday to you and Finn too from all of us here! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  2. That feel of the wind and being out to see the sky and clouds are rejuvenating. Happy to see you back at your familiar grounds. Great photos (and video) as always. Take care.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Grace, we appreciate these moments even more now are freedoms are returning. Hope you are keeping safe and well too πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx


  3. So great to get out of the house once again! From you beautiful poems and photos you share, I think you must have wonderful moments in time with you dogs on a daily basis! I enjoyed you book trailer video!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Dwight πŸ’œ We are very blessed to share so many special moments and discover something new on each walk that the dogs take us on. It’s very refreshing to see the world through their eyes πŸ€—πŸ•

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  4. With what DELIGHT i arrived at your blog to see – whippets! I love your work – the video is a delight. Gorgeous land and seascape………congrats on the book. It looks beautiful.

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  5. The video is lovely Xenia and I understand how it feels, not to be allowed to go out for such a long time gives time for reflection and reality. The top image you show us here is adorable. Take care and enjoy your freedom. πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anita πŸ’— The time we were given for reflection and reality was very special too and I will be forever grateful for this experience. You take care too and please give Fanny a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ’œ xxx

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  6. Ah. What lovely pups you have there. Nice work on the vid. I like how the image scrolls up a big bringing the words into view.

    We are on vacation now, after lockdown. What a relief its been to be in a different place and finding new life post lockdown.

    Nice too in that space to feel close to ur grand again.

    brian miller

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Brian and for hosting this lovely prompt. Lovely to hear you are enjoying a vacation now, it feels extra special to have the freedom again to explore these places. Wishing you and yours a wonderful time! πŸ€—


  7. I loved your video and I’m so happy you are finally able to be outside again and feeling the wind upon your face. Beautiful photos! Have a wonderful rest of your week Xenia! ❀️

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  8. While lockdown has been difficult, it makes us treasure all the more the special moments and places in our lives. Sounds as if you’re making good use of your lockdown time!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Beverly. Lockdown was challenging and we are so grateful we had many memories to share and places to revisit through the photographs and poems that captured these moments. Hope you are keeping safe and well too πŸ’œ


  9. It’s hard to believe it’s been one hundred days, Xenia, and your photos and haibun have me hankering for the coast. I love the haiku, and really enjoyed the trailer for Sharing our Horizon! πŸ™‚ xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim. The lockdown lasted longer than one season and it looks as if it’s been successful in keeping numbers low here in the Highlands. Regaining our freedom makes every much-loved place we revisit feel extra special now and I hope you’ll be able to enjoy a safe return to the coast real soon πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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  10. Oh my….soooo late to the reading…I am hosting Monday Prosery in about 25 minutes so just trying to catch up a bit before I am engrossed in chats and posts for today. BUT I am SOOOO Glad I found this and got to watch the video. I’ve always so enjoyed your poetry and so enjoyed your dogs. There is a connection between nature and your beautiful animals and I can tell you love both (nature and dogs) so deeply. This was just a wonderful read and view! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lillian and so glad you enjoyed the video too – it was great fun to put together. Hope all is well with you and enjoy the Prosery tonight πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx


  11. How Deep This Color
    Blue i Figured Out
    From Last
    Week A Sad
    Thing About Heaven
    Is One No Longer Feels
    Winter Blues
    Faint Echo of
    Sadness Sees
    Cold Front Azure Skies Comfort of
    Hot Chocolate Love Once Again
    Funny How MiSSinG Loves Us
    Springing Summer
    Nostalgia Blue Sees
    Still Breathes Faintly Touching Soul Ice..:)

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  12. Xenia, I enjoyed your whippet haibun and images. I was once fortunate enough to have a friend’s whippet with me for 2 weeks in the rocky mountains. I was amazed at the dog’s grace and demeanor. She didn’t run, she flowed.
    Thanks for visiting my site. I might write a piece about “My Time with a Whippet”.
    Ray Rasmussen

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ray and what a blessing to have a friend’s whippet with you for two weeks in the rocky mountains. We would love you to write your piece about ‘My Time with a Whippet’ – these special experiences are given to be shared! πŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ•


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