Haibun: Nature’s Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the bark of a pine tree on a forest trail

We’re walking through the forest at Easter, the sun is bright and warm. It’s the warmest Easter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands. Eivor walks beside us, touching my hand with his nose to let us know. To let us know, how good it feels to be here.

Pearl walks slightly ahead of us, sniffing the bark of a pine, touching a twig or leaf. Prints from paw and foot weave on behind us. Our eyes follow the movements between the trees across the water, where pairs of geese go quietly.

nature’s spirit
stars flicker through the temple
of this world

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness beside a pine tree on a forest trail
two pairs of geese swimming across a lochan surrounded by trees and reeds

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday and a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Mountain Song

close up of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar sniffing among spring heather

letting the light rest
between glen and mountainside
birds are singing

© Xenia Tran

close up profile shot of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar among spring heather

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Tanka: Edge of New Tomorrows

two whippets in winter jackets on the dunes overlooking the beach, the WWII defences and the Moray Firth

the blue
of a fuller day
fills the sky
spirits from another time
edge dreams of new tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

a row of tumbling WWII defences along the shore of the Moray Firth
two whippets in winter jackets chasing a ball on the beach

For those of you who read last month’s post Helping the Hounds of Macau we are delighted that the last remaining greyhounds have left the Canidrome on 26th March and have safely arrived in their adoptive countries. We are especially happy to see that the older greyhounds, including 13-year old Astrid, have made it and are now settled in their forever homes.

It makes us very happy to know they have comfortable beds and are being loved and cared for in a way every dog deserves to be loved and cared for.

A very big thank you again to Anima, GREY2K USA and Pet Levrieri for making this possible and to all the greyhound charities in Europe and the USA who have taken the greyhounds in and provided them with veterinary care, loving foster homes and forever homes.

You can see updates on how the rescued dogs are settling into their new lives at the new public page The Macau Greyhounds – Happy at Last

A very big thank you to all of you who kindly shared the information and helped spread the word.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Silent Sunday: Inner Shimmer

a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and looking at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and smiling at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet in a black winter jacket walking on the beach and winking at a black whippet who walks towards her from the right of the image

Wishing you all a shimmering Sunday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Bathing in Light

 

Portrait of a mature black whippet lit by the sun on the beach

 

We’re on our way again. On our way to new discoveries, new dreams. The sun warms the sea after a cold night. Mist rises, a haze of blue. A haze of peace over a calm sea. That’s how we’d love the world to be.

floating gulls
together we find ourselves
bathing in light

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a purple harness sniffing a white feather on tidal sands

 

seagulls bobbing on a calm sea with blue hazy mountains in the background

We wish you all a very peaceful 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/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

 

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Ruba’i: One More Glance

 

close up shot of black whippet in a blue winter jacket looking over the snow-covered bent grass

 

Glancing at all this beauty, before it melts away
the snow has been amazing, we so wish it could stay
we love it now with all our heart, while we run and play
to touch the stars that sparkle here, brightening our day.

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket looking out over the snow-covered bent grass

 

close up shot of snow flakes on bent grass

Although the snow didn’t stay here long, we are very grateful for the few days we could enjoy it.

Frank at dVerse Poets invites us to create a Ruba’i (a classical Persian quatrain or double couplet with 13-syllable lines and a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba) or a Rubaiyat (a collection of more than one quatrain).

Last Friday I posted Fishertown Rubaiyat, an 8-syllable interlocking Rubaiyat, and today I wanted to experiment with the traditional Persian form. If you are interested in playing along, the prompt stays open until the end of the month.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Winter Comfort

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket looking over his left shoulder on a winter forest trail

 

The air is crisp and cools down as the sun slides around the mountains. The faint smell of wood smoke mingles with pine and brown leaves. It’s time to head out of the forest, before the light goes.

after the walk
grandma’s bean soup
the first star

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera and a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the grass on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

 

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