Haibun: Earth Tones

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking past an area with felled trees
a black whippet in a winter jacket walking on a forest trail after logging

The pine with yellow fluorescent dots have gone, a few with pink dots are still standing. The logging truck left deep trails in the mud, filled with melted snow. The wood feels bereaved and empty at first. Until we notice the moss, shoots of spring grass and the finely barbed beginnings of a wild rose.

dappled light
a woodpecker drums
in the distance

Β© Xenia Tran

close up of a young holly growing beside a pond

The areas felled were part of a mature commercial forestry which will be left to rewild and regenerate with native woodland.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and peaceful start to the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 450.

PI Poetry Prompt: Barb

Earthweal: Toward an Ecopoetry

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.

47 thoughts on “Haibun: Earth Tones”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lois, it looked a bit scary to us too until we found out why they are doing this. Eivor says he was catching up with Pearl after sniffing some fallen branches πŸΎπŸ’›πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, this area links with a native pine forest and will hopefully rewild fairly quickly πŸ’š A lovely rest of the day to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Eliza, the estate owner is working with Forestry Scotland on a ten-year plan of rewilding and creating a linked habitat for wildlife. Planting native seedlings will hopefully be part of the journey πŸ’š xxx

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  1. Beautiful regrowth photo you found on the forest floor. The way the light is hitting the beautiful budding growth is gorgeous! Cycle of life will happen fast! The earth sure is full of bounty! ❀️🐾🧑 Have a wonderful week Xenia, Eivor and Pearl! πŸ’œπŸŒ·

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  2. Really love how you put it, ‘finely barbed beginnings of a wild rose’. That’s beauty and roughness together in that phrase and it turned out so elegantly. Lovely to hear you are able to roam further now, Xenia. Hope you enjoy your time outdoors with Eivor and Pearl. They look right at home outdoors πŸΎπŸŒ³πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mabel and we’re very grateful we can roam around a bit more. Hope you are keeping safe and well too and much love from our house to yours πŸΎπŸ’›πŸΎ

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