Haiku: Milky Way

close up shot of a blue and white whippet snoozing in a sun-puddle

returning
in puddles of sunlight
river of heaven

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a snoozing blue and white whippet's front paws

Pearl is enjoying the serenity of a sun-puddle and a snooze after a big run on the beach.

We will be posting on our nature blog tomorrow and back here with Eivor and Pearl on Wednesday.

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200.

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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.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grass

Haibun: August Moon

segments from A Man in Assynt by Norman MacCaig engraved in a slap, with wet pawprints from two dogs

The path winds its way between sedge grass, the first blooms of heather. A scent of all things new that Summer brings, fills the air. We pause by a few lines borrowed from a famous poem by Norman MacCaig, engraved in granite. The large question mark enables us to ask his questions once more. Who owns this landscape? Who owns our beautiful planet? In our view too, it can only be master-less. For the short time that we’re here, we immerse ourselves in its beauty. We do our best to care for what we find, leaving nothing but our footprints, and our gratitude behind.

august moon
the words of our ancestors
still feel true

© Xenia Tran

cotton wool clouds in a blue sky over Knockan Crag

The segment engraved in the stone is taken from A Man in Assynt, a long poem Norman MacCaig (1910-1996) wrote in 1967 to accompany a BBC documentary.

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 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

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Tanka: A Wish

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

true kindness
between heather and grass
it glows and grows
the end of treatment bells
for all the children

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

This poem is dedicated to all the children with serious illness and their families.

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: A Field of Flowers

Lochan an Ais

a blue and white whippet drinking from a mountain stream

the stream flows
into a field of flowers
tonight’s moon

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet climbing up a crag above Lochan an Ais

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Lochs that Glitter

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet leaping onto the trail below the top of the crag

Loch Eadar dha Bheinn winks at us from his mountain. Clar Loch Mor, Loch Dhonnachaidh and Clar Loch Beag make us wonder, whether we’ve met each other once before. I wish we could stay, get to know them better. Their personalities, their taste in fish.

crystal waters
the kindness in their names
a gaelic song

© Xenia Tran

two whippets running on a trail near the top of Knockan Crag

Wishing you all a very happy start to August,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Applicable

Word of the Day Challenge: Kindness

Haibun: A Special Encounter

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a stag peering over the rim of Knockan Crag above the Moyne Thrust

A passing shower brings welcome freshness, more greenness to the grass. Water cascades from the top into a thousand tiny pools. We hear the ‘plop’ of frogs leaping. Careful where we place our feet, we continue the climb. Eivor and Pearl grind to a halt, star-struck. We know what they’ve seen. They ask whether we can see it too. We blink and tell them we believe them.

stag on the hill
greeting us in peace
a kindred spirit

© Xenia Tran

two smiling whippets on a fern-covered hillside

If you look very closely, you can see the stag peering over the rim of the crag in the top right-hand corner of the second photograph.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

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