Wordless Wednesday: Into the Magic

Faskally Woods

action shot of a blue and white whippet running down a forest trail
a dreamy winter image of Loch Dunmore, the trees reflected in still water.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/30 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Magic

Wordless Wednesday: Turning Point

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets turning off the forest trail
a wintry forest with leafless trees, brown heather and ferns and pine

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 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter Scenes

Word of the Day Challenge: Turning

Wordless Wednesday: Brightening Day

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a pink ball
a beach with exposed outcrops at low tide, blue mountains across the bay

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/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Enchanted

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Glen

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket beside a wooden carved bench on a forest trail
a winding forest trail in autumn

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday from the shelter of the glen.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Haiku: Giving Thanks

Ledmore Woods

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

giving thanks
when rain clouds drift away
gold and blue

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

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/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 320 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #114: Thanksgiving

Sunday Stills: Your Favorite Photo

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ameliorate

Haiku: Autumn Sunset

a whippet in a black jacket on the shore at sunset

mist rolls in
this hour of gold and blue
across the water

© Xenia Tran

sunset across the Moray Firth, a golden sky over blue mountains

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/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/60 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #67: Layered

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #276 : Smoke & Water

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.

We are delighted that the above tanka and the third image were combined into a taiga in honour of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary Celebration for a special feature during April 2020. Christine L Villa created a beautiful video in May 2020 that brings all the featured taiga together in one place:

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