Tanka: Nature’s Cathedral

two whippets on a forest trail in dappled light

under the roof
of leaves and dappled light
a forest welcome
bearing blessings for all to share
this sacred world we walk in

© Xenia Tran

two whippets walking along a forest trail in summer's dappled light

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Word of the Day Challenge: Welcome

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

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

Wordless Wednesday: Oh So Fresh

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

water cascading down the side of Knockan Crag
a black whippet sniffing the grass and a smiling blue whippet walking down the trail beside him

We’re very grateful to enjoy this freshness after the rain and relive some of these lovely moments.

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 160, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rectangles

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nostalgia

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sublimity

Haiku: Shimmering Leaves

a blue and white whippet walking on a forest trail with moss and grass

this trail
woven by wind and droplets
shimmering leaves

© Xenia Tran

young birch trees growing from rocks and upturned root balls in the forest

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/60 s -ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: Veering off the Path

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trail

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Droplets

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

Haiku: Skylark

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket pausing on a forest trail beside heather and pine

the air sleeps
through the trees a starry song
rises and rises

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket pausing beside an ancient pine tree
view through the pine-clad glen towards the snow-capped mountain peaks at Rothiemurchus

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Worship

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #249: Pitch & Tone

Carpe Diem #1648: Skylark (hibari)

Twiglet #122: The Air Sleeps