Wordless Wednesday: A Beautiful Day

Cee included the great Beatles song Here Comes the Sun in her challenge post this week.

In the same spirit, for those of you who enjoy a bit of music, we are delighted to include What a Beautiful Day by the Levellers:

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Here Comes the Sun

Haibun: Ancient Harmonies

a blue and white whippet in pink fleece sniffing a baglama saz

Our Hoopa has been filling our home with music during lockdown and today he received his baglama saz, all the way from Istanbul. There is lots to sniff and discover.

The saz is played in many countries and the tradition is thousands of years old. It made its way from Persia via Azerbaijan, Anatolia, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Berlin to the rest of Europe and across the Atlantic and is played in the rest of Asia too.

People play the saz to accompany poems, songs and stories that are handed down from generation to generation. Ali Ulutaş, a musician, says the saz is a door of secrets. When people play it, listen to it, they get to know the essence within themselves and from that place, they can understand the other.

southern wind
warm notes and harmonies
fill the room

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in red fleece listening to a man playing the baglama saz

A warm-hearted thank you to Veysel and his colleagues at Sala Muzik in Istanbul for sending the saz safely to the Highlands.

Wishing you all a blessed day and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 1600, f/2.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 1600 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 400.

Below is a video of Ayşe Şewaqî performing Şîr Û Kef from the beautiful Saz Film:

… and for an instrumental performance by Bangladeshi artist Emon Chowdhury you can listen to his beautiful rendition of Tri Bhubon below:

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Wordless Wednesday: The Light Always Returns II

two whippets in winter jackets playing in the snow
two whippets in winter jackets running in the snow

You can see Part I of The Light Always Returns on our sister blog, Tranature.

The skies and changing light reminded me of a song by the wonderful Scottish artist and musician Dougie MacLean:

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Wordless Wednesday: Highland Sunshine

two whippets in rain coats on a hillside trail
mountain views and autumnal trees and heather

Today we have some wordless music for you too by talented Aviemore artist Stevie Macleod, performing his song The Highlands. Regular readers of this blog will recognise many of the locations in the video:

Stevie has just released his first digital EP called Where I Call Home, which is available via Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.

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 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

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Monoku: Wide Awake

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

wide awake our dream begins to travel

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

A monoku is a haiku written as a single line. You can see some examples in my earlier post A Tribute to Stuart Quine.

The above monoku was inspired by the dreamy atmosphere on the misty beach and the song Silent Lucidity, which kept playing through my mind as we walked here.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: New Year

a blue and white whippet and black whippet in winter jackets on the beach

with ease
one year slips into the next
dancing and singing

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and black whippet in winter jackets on the beach

We hope you all had a wonderful Hogmanay!

Below is a video from Mànran & the Hogmanay Cèilidh Crew performing ‘Alba’:

Wishing you all a Blessed New Year,

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.

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Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Your Daily Word Prompt: Origin

A newer version of this poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Tanka: Gratitude

two whippets dancing on the tidal sands

dancing
in a beam of sunlight
our gratitude
for love, home and family
forever in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black winter jackets playing on the tidal sands
a blue whippet in a black winter jacket leaping across the tidal sands

Today is Thanksgiving’s Day in the US and we want to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all our blogging friends for their love and support, our friends who work as volunteers in the shelters and everyone who helps to make this world a better place.

If any of you want to join Eivor and Pearl in their dance, here are Mumford & Sons performing their song ‘Guiding Light’:

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, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #61: Thanksgiving

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grateful

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word In November Y3 – Radiating

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Tanka: A Voice across the Sea

a black whippet on sand and shingle looking at the water below

northern breeze
a spring in our step
after the heat
songs enter the water
filling our heart, the same sky

© Xenia Tran

a blue whippet looking to her left across the water

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem introduces us to ‘Joik’, the mystical song of the Sami people. I believe there is something at the heart of all traditional music that connects us to our roots and to where our spirits come from.

The beautiful video clip that Kristjaan shared with us, a song called ‘Devieh’ performed live by Marja Mortensson is sadly no longer available.

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Tanka: The Sound of Silence

 

black whippet sniffing driftwood on the beach at Findhorn Bay

 

first sunrise
the voice of love recorded
in your heart
the beauty of hidden stars
within the sound of silence

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet looking over his right shoulder across the tidal pools and sand bars

 

Boats, some anchored and some moored at pontoons in Findhorn Bay

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

dVerse Poetics: Sounds of Silence

When I saw the prompt at dVerse I immediately had to think of the adaptation by American band ‘Disturbed’ of the classic Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’.  Below is a video clip of their version, which inspired the tanka above. Hope you enjoy!