Haiku: Milky Way

close up shot of a blue and white whippet snoozing in a sun-puddle

returning
in puddles of sunlight
river of heaven

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a snoozing blue and white whippet's front paws

Pearl is enjoying the serenity of a sun-puddle and a snooze after a big run on the beach.

We will be posting on our nature blog tomorrow and back here with Eivor and Pearl on Wednesday.

Wishing 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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #100: Milky Way (amanogawa)

Sunday Stills: The Essence of Zen

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Serene

Haiku: Songs in the Grass

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet sniffing the grass beside a forest trail

the stillness of trees
the wind picks up where she left
a blackbird singing

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet looking up at the tree with a black whippet sniffing the forest trail

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice 5-7-5, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 14 August 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grass

Wordless Wednesday: Back Among Trees

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet sniffing the grass between pine trees
two whippets on a forest trail between douglas fir and pine trees

It’s lovely to be walking among the soothing smells of pine trees again and enjoy the bliss of forest bathing.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Wellbeing

Haibun: August Moon

segments from A Man in Assynt by Norman MacCaig engraved in a slap, with wet pawprints from two dogs

The path winds its way between sedge grass, the first blooms of heather. A scent of all things new that Summer brings, fills the air. We pause by a few lines borrowed from a famous poem by Norman MacCaig, engraved in granite. The large question mark enables us to ask his questions once more. Who owns this landscape? Who owns our beautiful planet? In our view too, it can only be master-less. For the short time that we’re here, we immerse ourselves in its beauty. We do our best to care for what we find, leaving nothing but our footprints, and our gratitude behind.

august moon
the words of our ancestors
still feel true

© Xenia Tran

cotton wool clouds in a blue sky over Knockan Crag

The segment engraved in the stone is taken from A Man in Assynt, a long poem Norman MacCaig (1910-1996) wrote in 1967 to accompany a BBC documentary.

Wishing 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.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #99: Sturgeon Moon

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Tanka: A Wish

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

true kindness
between heather and grass
it glows and grows
the end of treatment bells
for all the children

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

This poem is dedicated to all the children with serious illness and their families.

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday,

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 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Be Kind

Twiglet #138: Glow in the Dark

Your Daily Word Prompt: Memorialize

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #248

Wordless Wednesday: All in the Timing

a smiling blue and white whippet chasing a ball on the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet with a pink ball in her mouth

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Timing is Everything

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Overhead

Haiku: A Field of Flowers

Lochan an Ais

a blue and white whippet drinking from a mountain stream

the stream flows
into a field of flowers
tonight’s moon

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet climbing up a crag above Lochan an Ais

Wishing 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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1715: Field of Flowers

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #57: Taking a Break