Haibun: Natural Light

a blue and white whippet in a maroon jacket walking along the seashore
a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey jacket sniffing the stones on the beach

The temperature has dipped and yesterday’s snow lingers on the higher ground. The light bounces through scattered clouds as we walk along the soft sand. The tide is rolling in. Even with restrictions in place there’s freedom in each movement.


quick water
a flock of geese
is heading north

Β© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a whippet in a jacket walking across tidal sands

Wishing you all a happy Monday and happy International Women’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

My maternal grandmother was a very kind and spirited woman who pursued her dream to become a GP and cared for others during her entire life.

If you missed the poem we shared on Twitter earlier today, you can read it here:

Grandma Alice poem by Xenia Tran with old black and white photograph of her grandmother
(From Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, Voices from Poets – dVerse Anthology, 2017)

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

Weekend Sky #19

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pursuit

Word of the Day Challenge: Free

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.

52 thoughts on “Haibun: Natural Light”

  1. Beautiful photos, Xenia πŸ’š and such an emotive poem. I missed it on Twitter, I haven’t been online today as we moved out of our house and into a stop gap place, kindly loaned by friends while we wait for our new house to finalise. Hope your week is off to to a great start πŸ€—πŸ•πŸ’•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy and so lovely you can stay in your friends’ place while waiting for your new home to finalise πŸ’œ It sounds very exciting, are you moving far from where you were? Best of luck πŸ€ and much love to you and yours from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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      1. Thank you, Xenia πŸ€— We’re moving just outside Whitchurch in Shropshire. Looking forward to life in the country and hopefully holidays by the coast πŸ™πŸ½ Much love to you all πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’•xxx

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  2. Your images are lovely as always Xenia but your poem with your grandmother’s image stole my heart. She sounds like she must have been a wonderful role model and a loving friend for you. How nice that you resemble her – it must have given her great joy.

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  3. Your photos are always beautiful and special, Xenia, but this time the poem and the photo of your grandmother entranced me. I had to read it again and again. she must have been a remarkable woman.

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  4. Such a beautiful poem, Xenia. I feel the love & the heart ache. I very sadly never met my paternal grandmother, but am trying to research her short life as I’m able. I hadn’t realised how emotional it would be. Thank you for sharing such precious words with us all. Love from T & me from here. Stay safe. β€πŸΎπŸΎπŸ’• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Penny and I hope you will be able to find out a bit more about your grandmother too. Stay safe and well and much love to you and Tia from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  5. The mesmerizing captures, along with a lovely poem for your grandmother, is certainly lovely, Xenia.
    This is just beyond words, honestly πŸ™‚

    Can I add this post for my next episode of Weekend Sky challenge?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Hammad and so glad you enjoyed the poem I wrote for my grandmother😊 Please feel free to add this post to your next episode of your Weekend Sky challenge and I’ve just added a link to Weekend Sky #19 πŸ€—βœ

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