Haiku: Treats

a black whippet walking along an an autumn forest trail

this forest
so many treats behind
nature’s door

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet walking along an autumn forest trail

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain to those of you who celebrate today.

With love and light,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

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Wordless Wednesday: Blessed Mountains

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet climbing a mountain trail followed by a black whippet
a blue and white whippet on a mountain trail in the Cairngorms

Thank you for all your good wishes before our short break! The weather has been very kind and it’s wonderful to see the colours slowly changing.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Guiding the Way

a blue and white whippet walking down stone steps among green ferns, grass and wildflowers

green shoots
between the stones
a new journey

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking down stone steps among green ferns, grass and wildflowers

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, pathway, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 11 September 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

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Haiku: Smile in Motion

two whippets on the beach beside old WWII defences

spilling stones
your smile leaps over
the old defences

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking across the beach towards the camera

Many of the Second World War defences along the Moray Coast are sinking deeper into the shifting sands. You can see some images taken earlier this year where they are still upright in Edge of New Tomorrows.

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, ambiguity, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 4 September 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition 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 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Texture

Word of the Day Challenge: Spontaneous

Wordless Wednesday: All in the Timing

a smiling blue and white whippet chasing a ball on the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet with a pink ball in her mouth

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.

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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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Haibun: Deep Time

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet at Knockan Crag on the trail beside the sculpture of a female geologist

The grass-covered roof of the Rock Room blends in with the ferns and heather of the hillside. Inside are display boards in English and Gaelic, explaining how parts of the earth’s crust have travelled long distances. The older mylonites on display at Knockan Crag had been forced up against and over the later Cambrian layer.

There’s a sculpture of two geologists, Ben Peach and John Horne, to celebrate these findings. Today the grass is growing around Horne’s feet, some of the seeds tickle his knees. The sun feels extra warm after the morning’s showers.

deep time
so many treasures
breathing the same air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing the ground by the sculpture of Peach and Horne at Knockan Crag

You can find more photographs with a triple haibun about this beautiful nature reserve in Moving Earth and a few photographs taken from inside the Rock Room in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a happy weekend ahead,

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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