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

Puente Poetry: Talking Trees

Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

the Inner Man sculpture by Frank Bruce

most of his words are marked
by a red pen, he learns more from
rockpools and sunsets, from a wind that
whistles through leaves in the wood

~ your gift is right here ~

in the fallen trees, sharing
deep meaning without written words
from nature, for nature
your soul can grow while it’s healing

© Xenia Tran

a sculpture on the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

If you are new to the Puente form you can see an earlier example with a brief explanation in last week’s post Presence, featuring Frank Bruce’s epitaph.

Those of you who have been following the blog for many years may recognise the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail from our earlier post Evanescent.

Frank Bruce (1931 – 2009) was dyslexic, left school at the age of thirteen and later became a self-taught artist. He insisted that his art should always be available to everybody free of charge and that his sculptures should be allowed to decay and return to nature.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and peaceful start to the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 560, f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500.

PI Poetry Prompt: Whistle

Earthweal: Wounded Healer – Songs of the Earth Shaman

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Glimpse

Haibun: Ancient Harmonies

a blue and white whippet in pink fleece sniffing a baglama saz

Our Hoopa has been filling our home with music during lockdown and today he received his baglama saz, all the way from Istanbul. There is lots to sniff and discover.

The saz is played in many countries and the tradition is thousands of years old. It made its way from Persia via Azerbaijan, Anatolia, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Berlin to the rest of Europe and across the Atlantic and is played in the rest of Asia too.

People play the saz to accompany poems, songs and stories that are handed down from generation to generation. Ali Ulutaş, a musician, says the saz is a door of secrets. When people play it, listen to it, they get to know the essence within themselves and from that place, they can understand the other.

southern wind
warm notes and harmonies
fill the room

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in red fleece listening to a man playing the baglama saz

A warm-hearted thank you to Veysel and his colleagues at Sala Muzik in Istanbul for sending the saz safely to the Highlands.

Wishing you all a blessed day 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 1600, f/2.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 1600 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 400.

Below is a video of Ayşe Şewaqî performing Şîr Û Kef from the beautiful Saz Film:

… and for an instrumental performance by Bangladeshi artist Emon Chowdhury you can listen to his beautiful rendition of Tri Bhubon below:

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #145: Getting to Know You

CFFC: Natural Light vs Man-Made Light

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Curious

Earthweal Open Link Weekend #67


Sijo: Where Eagles Rise and Soar

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in fleece jacket on a mountain trail

catching the scent of deer, their presence feels so near
the trail we’re walking, from glen to hill to snow-filled pass
our eyes rest on the eyrie, where eagles rise and soar

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered corrie in the Cairngorms

If you’re new to the Sijo form, you can find an earlier poem and short description here.

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Soar

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry)

Weekend Sky #25

Tanka: Earth Day

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing over the roots of pine

earth day
we dust last season
from our boots
roots link where pine stand vigil
above an ancient loch

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of the exposed roots of an ancient pine

Wishing you all a happy Earth Day 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 – 1/4000 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 1400 and f/1.8 – 1/2500 s – ISO 500.

Tanka Thursday: Season

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Dusty Boots

Haibun: Restoring Nature

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail

We are so grateful to hike in the National Park and breathe the mountain air. The higher ground is covered in snow, adding to the freshness. Ground-nesting birds rest on cushions of grass and moss, beneath the heather. We stick to the trails and pace ourselves.

Further ahead, young trees and seedlings are slowly re-greening the hills. For the first time since we moved here, neighbouring land managers and conservation groups are working together to create one seamless, natural landscape. A landscape for the wildlife, and for the people who live and walk here too.

a cuckoo’s call
flowing in and out
of the forest

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail

We are very excited to see the beginnings of Cairngorms Connect, the biggest and boldest conservation project in this area so far.

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Cushion

Earthweal: Restore Our Earth

Tanka: Freedom

a whippet in a winter jacket on a narrow forest trail

free at last
the comforting scent of pine
marks the trail
how quickly seasons pass
when we can walk for hours

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream and small waterfall between rocks

Wishing you all a wonderful 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 450, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 800 and f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 500.

Tanka Thursday: Hour(s)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Country Comfort

Haibun: Earth Tones

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking on a forest trail after logging

The pine with yellow fluorescent dots have gone, a few with pink dots are still standing. The logging truck left deep trails in the mud, filled with melted snow. The wood feels bereaved and empty at first. Until we notice the moss, shoots of spring grass and the finely barbed beginnings of a wild rose.

dappled light
a woodpecker drums
in the distance

© Xenia Tran

close up of a young holly growing beside a pond

The areas felled were part of a mature commercial forestry which will be left to rewild and regenerate with native woodland.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and peaceful start to the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 450.

PI Poetry Prompt: Barb

Earthweal: Toward an Ecopoetry

Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

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/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23