Wordless Wednesday: Golden Glow

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets on a mountain trail in the Cairngorms
a gurgling stream running down the mountain plateaus in the Cairngorms

Warm greetings from the Cairngorms National Park! We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of this fine weather and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Signs of Autumn

Tanka: Zen Meditation

Loch Morlich

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

stones in water
from emptiness to wholeness
these mountains
around them and within them
the wisdom of this life

© Xenia Tran

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #103 – Quest for a New Masterpiece – start of Autumn

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #272: Empty & Whole

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Haiku: Into Autumn

a blue whippet with a pink ball running across tidal sands

so subtle
september equinox
shifting clouds

© Xenia Tran

shoreline and retreating sea under a blue sky with whispy clouds

Wishing you all a very happy September Equinox and a wonderful week ahead,

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, f/3.2 – 1/2000 – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #103: Quest for a New Masterpiece – Start of Autumn

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #105: September Equinox

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Subtle

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

Haibun: Lochs that Glitter

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet leaping onto the trail below the top of the crag

Loch Eadar dha Bheinn winks at us from his mountain. Clar Loch Mor, Loch Dhonnachaidh and Clar Loch Beag make us wonder, whether we’ve met each other once before. I wish we could stay, get to know them better. Their personalities, their taste in fish.

crystal waters
the kindness in their names
a gaelic song

© Xenia Tran

two whippets running on a trail near the top of Knockan Crag

Wishing you all a very happy start to August,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Applicable

Word of the Day Challenge: Kindness

Haiku: Quiet Beauty

Lochan an Ais

two whippets beside Lochan an Ais

we drink the water
left here by the clouds
quiet beauty

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet looking across Lochan an Ais in the sunshine

We wish 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #264: Beauty & Quiet

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Astral

Haibun: Deep Time

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet at Knockan Crag on the trail beside the sculpture of a female geologist

The grass-covered roof of the Rock Room blends in with the ferns and heather of the hillside. Inside are display boards in English and Gaelic, explaining how parts of the earth’s crust have travelled long distances. The older mylonites on display at Knockan Crag had been forced up against and over the later Cambrian layer.

There’s a sculpture of two geologists, Ben Peach and John Horne, to celebrate these findings. Today the grass is growing around Horne’s feet, some of the seeds tickle his knees. The sun feels extra warm after the morning’s showers.

deep time
so many treasures
breathing the same air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing the ground by the sculpture of Peach and Horne at Knockan Crag

You can find more photographs with a triple haibun about this beautiful nature reserve in Moving Earth and a few photographs taken from inside the Rock Room in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a happy weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sculpture

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Unexpected

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Celebrate

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