Haibun: Lifting the Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

Deep in the glen we meet a cheerful group of hikers in short sleeves and sun hats. We’re so happy to feel the warm on our skin after one of our longest Winters. The swallows are here, sweeping across the meadow. Buttercups and cowslip sparkle in the light.

wild orchids
a green-veined white
darts away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet running down a forest trail

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine weather and will be back on Monday 14th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Hat

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elevate

Carpe Diem #1844: Returning Back to Normal

Haiku: Wild Voices

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet sniffs the wide trunk of an ancient pine

ancient pine
the deep voice
within

© Xenia Tran

close up of the trunk of an ancient Caledonian pine

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Go Wild

Haiku: Wood Anemone

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat sniffing the grass


wood anemone
a blue and white dog tiptoes
through the green grass

© Xenia Tran

anemone blanda flowering in the forest

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday from the Cairngorms and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 800, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 560 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

CMMC: May Alphabet Letter ‘G’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Blossoming

Tanka Prose: Finding Sanctuary

a black whippet in a raincoat walking on a forest trail

A gentle rain is scenting the dry places along the trail as we climb through the forest. The vibrant green of Spring grass opens the heart. Music from a tinkling brook echoes the gratitude we are feeling. Here, we follow our instinct. We leave all that is learned behind and surrender to the knowing.

a butterfly
with tenderness
she dances
from flower to flower
pure white and breathing

© Xenia Tran

a stream flowing near the bottom of a woodland hill

Wishing you all a happy Monday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

PI Poetry Prompt: Butterfly

Earthweal: Sanctuary

Puente Poetry: Mother Earth

two whippets on a wide beach at low tide

ah how the sea air lifts
our spirits, the wide expanse of
tidal sand feels soft beneath our feet
while we glance towards the pine

~ where raven nest with eyes that see ~

the colours in each mountain
painted by a sacred hand that guides
our quest to honour and tread lightly on
this beloved mother earth

© Xenia Tran

dunes with marram grass and gorse overlooking the firth and mountains beyond

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/7.1 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400, f/13 – 1/800 s – ISO 500 and f/8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Quest

Earthweal: Fierce Love

Tanka: Spring Unfurling

a blue and white whippet sniffing the grass on a woodland trail

dappled light
glitters in a spider’s thread
between trees
shaded places team with life
where spring greens are unfurling

© Xenia Tran

a fallen tree covered in moss resting on the forest floor

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday 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 640, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/1.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 640.

Tanka Thursday: Unfurl

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details