Haibun: Hazy Morning

two whippets walking along the edge of a sand bar with a morning haze over the sea

The weather is turning warm again and the sandbar feels soft underneath. We walk here in quiet contemplation, leaving only foot prints before a line of surf waves them away.

calm sea
the blue haze wraps around
our new horizon

© Xenia Tran

the faint outline of blue mountains barely visible in the morning haze above the sea

We wish you all a calm and 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46: Delicate

Wordless Wednesday: Alt na Bodachan

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing the bluebells in front of a cascading burn
a black whippet in a black jacket looking over his right shoulder in front of a cascading burn, a blue and white whippet sniffing bluebells in the background
cascading waters of Alt na Bodachan in Glen Affric in Spring

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Splash

Haiku: Nature’s Voice

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with green heather and spring leaves

climbing this hill
the voice of the tumbling burn
a true companion

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking down onto a burn between the trees
the lower part of a water fall splashing into a burn with smaller cascades around it

(‘burn’ is a Scottish word for ‘stream’)

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/200 s ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 100.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinguish

Becca’s Nurturing Thursdays: Focus

Wordless Wednesday: Grateful

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets walking on a forest trail with spring greens
a black whippet turning on a forest trail and a blue and white whippet walking towards the camera, both wearing black jackets
a cascading stream beside a forest trail with young green leaves on the birch trees

We are eternally grateful for all the beauty and bliss that nature brings us.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grateful

Wordless Wednesday: Renewal

a blue and white whippet leaping in front of the waves with a pink ball in her mouth
a blue and white whippet running in front of the waves with a pink ball in her mouth
close up shot of a blue and white whippet running across tidal sands with a pink ball in her mouth

We wish all of you who celebrate a very happy Beltane and a blessed new month!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #43: Less is More

Haiku: Passing Spring

close up of a black whippet with a brown and beige patterned collar on the beach, looking into the distance

blossom haze
spring is passing
before our eyes

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet on the beach looking at the camera

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #83: Blossom Haze

Carpe Diem #1653: Passing Spring (yuku haru)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

We are delighted that the haiku featured in My Friend, My Rock has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Three Haiku from our sister blog TranatureCeltic Mist, A Drop of Bliss and Garden Buddha, were also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation for putting this project together.

Tanka: Nature’s Light

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet walking on sun-lit forest trail between pine and heather

from afar this light
finds her way through the trees
over and over
we pause in silence
breathing the spring air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness pausing in sunlight between heather and pine
scots pine and douglas fir with sunlight beaming through

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Cornucopia