Haiku: Ripples in the Sand

two whippets on tidal sands with lunate ripples and tidal pools

ebb tide beauty
invisible dancers
ripple the sand

© Xenia Tran

a tidal lagoon sweeping towards the sea between sandbars

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #104: Summer

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #313: Dwindle & Ripple (Ebb & Ripple)

Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1825: Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

Tanka: Seaside Joy

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a yellow ball

a dog
deep in thought
pauses
at the sight of boats and kites
joy sails towards us too

© Xenia Tran

a kite surfer riding the wind and waves

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #312: Intent & Thought (Deep & Thought)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Salty

Tanka: Fire in the Sky

a blue and white whippet running on the beach at dusk

if only
we could fly with the kite
the glittering sea
sweeps us into summer
with fire in the sky

© Xenia Tran

a beach at dusk with a distant kite surfer on the silver sea

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #33

Twiglet #182: If Only

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fire in the Sky

Haibun: Celtic Heartbeat

a black whippet running on the beach beside a turquoise sea

Echoes of drums and fiddles float through an open window, a virtual ceilidh in full swing. Dogs run big circles on the beach beside the turquoise water. My mind drifts and settles. Becoming sand, becoming sea.

new ways
to share our voice
spring sunshine

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #106: Drum

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #310: Share & Voice

Haiku: Firefly

a black whippet standing in a garden by a low wooden fence and japanese lantern

white currant blossom
in a world of his own
this little fly

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of white currant blossom and a little fly

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: The Way of the Gardener, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 10 June 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Craig Kittner and post manager Lori Zajkowski for putting this edition together.

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #142: Firefly

Word of the Day Challenge: Joy

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

Tanka: Misted Mirror

two whippets walking on tidal sands in the mist

through a gap
between half-buried rocks
seaweed nods
towards the misted mirror
where memories sweep past

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands and outcrops in the mist

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #309: Break & Glass (Gap & Mirror)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinction

Word of the Day Challenge: Honor

Monoku: Wide Awake

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

wide awake our dream begins to travel

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

A monoku is a haiku written as a single line. You can see some examples in my earlier post A Tribute to Stuart Quine.

The above monoku was inspired by the dreamy atmosphere on the misty beach and the song Silent Lucidity, which kept playing through my mind as we walked here.

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #100: The Long and Winding Road

Haiku: Misty Rain

silhouette of a whippet by a rock on a misty beach

misty rain
we walk with you in spirit
even when unseen

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a man carrying a canoe in the mist

For more than fifty years I have taken part in peaceful demonstrations and art projects in support of equality and fair treatment of all. We have come a long way and still have further to travel to create a world where everyone feels welcome.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125 and f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #141: Justice

dVerse Poets Poetics: Rain

Haibun: Final Journey

hazy morning on the Moray Firth, only the nearest mountains visible across the water

The mountains are almost as blue as sea and sky. A sun-lit cloud floats gently by before it slips away. The way some people do. Even when they touch the hearts of many.

final journey
the sound of clapping hands
trickles down the brae

© Xenia Tran

a white feather in the soil with some brown leaves and pine needles

This post is dedicated to Susan Hey (1979-2020) who lost her battle with cancer last week. She had devoted the last few years of her life to creating a lasting memorial and gift to our town, in memory of her son Hamish. Hamish died of cancer three years ago, at the age of eight.

Because of the covid-19 restrictions Susan’s funeral had to take place behind closed doors. Details of her final journey were released so that those of us who wanted to say goodbye were given the opportunity to do so whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #105: Slip

Word of the Day Challenge: Respect