Tanka: Thank you to the Forest

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail

immersed
in earth smells and warm light
autumn forest
we are grateful for your welcome
the love that wraps around

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in jackets sniffing the forest trail together

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thursday and those of you who celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving, and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: 4/4 – 1/60 s – ISO 400, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 800 and f/5 – 1/60 s – ISO 400.

Nurturing Thursday: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Words that Contain ‘r’ and ‘s’

Haiku: Golden Glen

close up of two whippets in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

breath of the glen
crowns of pine and leafless trees
stretch towards the light

© Xenia Tran

view across the glen towards the hills beyond

We are deeply honoured and delighted to have a new haiku (in Dutch) included in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2021. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (9 Euro per calendar plus postage). A very big thank you to Ferre Denis and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Haiku kantelkalender 2021

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

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, f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #333: Life & View (Breath & Stretch)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Crown

Tanka: In the Moment

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking up

flying squirrel …
for a moment we forget
falling leaves
the colours of life changing
into life itself

© Xenia Tran

fallen pine cones and needles with young green fern

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday

Carpe Diem #1839: Colors of Life

Word of the Day Challenge: Healing

Haiku: Homecoming

a smiling black whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

autumn woods
joy emerges every step
of the trail

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #122: Found in the Neighborhood

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Emerge

Tanka: Eagle’s Rest

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking past reeds on the loch shore

the loch reflects
autumn’s afterglow
the peace
in reeds and mended pathways
this blessed day belongs to

© Xenia Tran

Lochan Mor in autumn with leafless trees and reeds

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 Hs, Settings: f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 320.

Tanka Thursday: Mend

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #84

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Aquiline

Haiku: Aureate

two whippets in an aureate autumnal forest with the sun coming through

new beginnings
the sun tips her healing warmth
on autumn’s gold

© Xenia Tran

a blue sky over the loch below an autumnal forest

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a peaceful 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 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – 2020-3 (Aureate, Canine)

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #122: The Sun will come out Tomorrow

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #331: First & Heal (Beginnings & Healing)

Tanka: Caledonia Pine

a black whippet in a winter jacket in an autumn forest

winding their way
through autumn’s forest
old roots
exposed and yet untorn
from earth’s stamp and pathways

© Xenia Tran

an ancient pine tree with the lower half of roots exposed

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s- ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday: Always on Time

Tanka Thursday: Torn

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-3 – Canine

Word of the Day Challenge: Amazing

Haiku: Chosen Route

profile of a black whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

clockwise circle
the trail is covered
in dazzling gold

© Xenia Tran

view between autumnal trees towards Loch an Eilein

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 640 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #121: Focus

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lucid

Your Daily Word Prompt: Choice

Tanka: The Same Notes

a black whippet in a maroon jacket on a forest trail in autumn

haunting melody
from an empty boathouse
the same notes
spill over the loch
where the saxophonist played

© Xenia Tran

a birch tree with golden leaves hanging over Loch Dunmoreover

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.

Tanka Thursday: Haunt/Haunted

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Empty Room

Word of the Day Challenge: Improvizing

Haiku: Colours of Kindness

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail in autumn

fallen leaves
the kindness in
every colour

© Xenia Tran

Loch Dunmore in autumn with glorious colours

It was lovely to see the autumn colours at Loch Dunmore and we came home to some exciting news.

A Wish (the poem from which the second line became the title for our book Between Heather and Grass) and two haiku that were first published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020: The Year of the Nurse, have been included in a heart-warming new book edited by Robert Epstein:

front cover of The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

From the back cover:

Helping or serving is not only vital for survival, it is essential to living fully. As human beings, we all depend on one another in a myriad of ways. Across the spectrum, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified the urgency of mutual care and kindness like nothing else. Through acts of love, generosity, giving, sharing and caring, we make life a little easier, a little more bearable, for one another. We elevate ourselves in doing so and thereby embody the better angels of our nature. Join with the poets and artists from the world as they share the many fruits of giving and receiving help, care and compassion on behalf of fellow humans and nonhumans alike.

A very big thank you to Robert Epstein for including my poems and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Born from and for these extraordinary times, the Helping Hand Haiku Anthology is filled with kindness-centred poems and treats for the soul.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 400, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 250 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Autumn Stroll

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #120: What a Treat!