Haibun: Raspberry Blues

a blue and white whippet standing on her hind legs and peering over the heather

It’s quiet in the car park and the temperature is perfect for climbing up the crag. Winding our way through the trees, we’re welcomed by subtle scents of Summer greens and flowering heather. Squirrels are feeding on pine, hawks are gliding overhead. Soon we’ll bring a basket, pick our fruit again.

raspberry blues
all grandma’s singing
to help them grow

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet on a hill trail

We’re delighted that the above haiku is featured in the Haiku Foundation’s ‘Haiku Dialogues’ this week. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this lovely collection together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hill

Nurturing Thursday: Positivity

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elaborate

Your Daily Word Prompt: Scribble

Quadrille: All That Glitters

a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

this summer blessed with sun
we walked ten miles and talked
of shorelines and geology
beyond amazed what has become
our tidal land, plucked from
desert, sea and glacier
we’re grateful time has brought us near
our gentle surf and all that glitters here

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our Summer break, it’s lovely to be back!

The poem above links to the Cove Bay series we posted during the week before our holiday.

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets: Quadrille #83 & 8th Anniversary

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gratitude

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in July (Yr 4) – bichrome, refulgent

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Break

a smiling blue and white whippet turning left onto a path through the dunes
view East along the dunes and cliffs of the Moray Coast in Summer

We’re taking a short Summer Break and wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

You’re welcome to revisit older posts from our archives while we’re away. We’ll swing by to read from time to time and will be back posting here on Wednesday 17th July.

Thank you for all your love and support,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Jolly

Your Daily Word Prompt: Activation

Haibun: Nature’s Layers

Cove Bay

two whippets exploring the tidal sands and rocks beside a large wall of a cliff

Cross bedding and layers of rock show us how much the climate here has changed. Permian sandstone tells us this area was once a hot and arid desert.

With gorse and heather growing along the top, sea pinks flowering in the cracks and a haven for nesting sea birds, part of these rocks are now underwater at high tide. With one sniff and a good climb along the walls, Eivor and Pearl quickly make sense of it all.

coves and caves
all that sings on the page
lotus flowers

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands in front of seaweed covered stones

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our recent posts Origins, Cove Bay and Rock Around a Cove.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #93: Lotus

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

Twiglet #134: An Empty Page

Haiku: Ray of Light

a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness running on the beach

the sun’s rays
leaping across the sands
still smiling

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the beach

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #92: Quest for a New Masterpiece – Sun Rays

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #53: Your Choice

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flow

Tanka: Discoveries

a black whippet on tidal sands beside the rocks

these rocks
carved by ice and wind
what a blessing
seeing this with our own eyes
breathing the sea air

© Xenia Tran

an inquisitive blue and white whippet peering over a wall of coastal stones and rock left dry at low tide.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Challenge: Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Discovery

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Want You

Wordless Wednesday: Rock Around a Cove

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness running out of a cave onto seaweed covered boulders
two smiling whippets on large boulders covered in bright green seaweed

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our earlier posts Origins, Cove Bay and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: The Great Outdoors