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

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

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

Haiku: Puddle Gazing

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet, both in black jackets, looking over their shoulder at the camera on a forest trail

pine trees float
in puddles of snow melt
the first green grass

© Xenia Tran

pine trees and sky reflected in a large puddle of snow-melt

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.4 – 1/800 s – ISO 400.

Carpe Diem #1646: Puddles (Modern Kigo)

Villanelle: Where Seasons Meet

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket sniffing snow along a forest trail

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket turning back along a forest trail beside the pine trees and heather

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a river flowing beside a forest trail with overhanging pine trees

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket walking through a puddle of melted snow on a forest trail

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a blue whippet in a black jacket on her hind legs between the heather, watched by a black whippet in a black jacket from the forest trail

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

a black whippet in a black jacket walking towards a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

view across the heather and pine-clad hills towards the snow-capped mountains

This is our second contribution to this month’s Villanelle challenge at dVerse Poets. You can read our first contribution at A Voice that Knows and our third contribution Worth Waiting For has now been published on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the Villanelle:

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Perspicatious

Friendly Friday: Photo Walk

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks, Trails, Sidewalks

Wordless Wednesday: Dreamy Mountain

Cairngorms National Park

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet in black winter jackets on a mountain trail with views of Loch Morlich

 

a black whippet looking over his shoulder on a mountain trail and a blue whippet sniffing the heather

 

View over Loch Morlich with all the snow gone

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

The Snow Melts Somewhere Friendly Friday: Dreamy