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

Wordless Wednesday: Time to Chill

a black whippet in a winter jacket in a forest by a loch in autumn
autumn in the woods around Loch Dunmore

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/100 – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 90% Needs to Be All One Color

Word of the Day Challenge: Chilling

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!

Tanka: Tilting Cloud

two whippets on a forest trail in autumn

today’s postcard
of an autumn palette
where clouds tilt
grey turns to vivid blue
hanging on an echo

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet on a forest trail

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Postcard

Twiglet #199: Hanging on an Echo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grey turns to Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Vivid

Haiku: Daydream

a black whippet standing beside a large squirrel sculpture

daydream
stepping through a portal
of dappled light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet walking past a sculpture of a giant squirrel

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

Carpe Diem #1836: Daydreaming

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hardihood

Wordless Wednesday: Highland Sunshine

two whippets in rain coats on a hillside trail
mountain views and autumnal trees and heather

Today we have some wordless music for you too by talented Aviemore artist Stevie Macleod, performing his song The Highlands. Regular readers of this blog will recognise many of the locations in the video:

Stevie has just released his first digital EP called Where I Call Home, which is available via Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.

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 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaithe’s Fan Of … #82: Sun Through the Trees

Tanka: Guests and Geese

a blue and white whippet on a rock in the forest

dogs in coats
colours on the hill change
at their own pace
guests and geese begin
to travel home

© Xenia Tran

a flock of brent geese flying south

Wishing you all a happy Monday and blessed new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #118: Communication

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #159-160: Fall Foliage – Goose

Haibun: October Wind

two whippets in black rain jackets on a forest trail

Once the hills stop howling we venture out into the woods. There’s still plenty of tree cover to protect us from intermittent drizzle and showers. The heather is turning brown here while further north they’re hanging on to purple. A gentle buzz of hoverflies follows us between fading fireweeds whilst at the waterfall, wild salmon are leaping.

october wind
rain slips through the net
of noughts and crosses

© Xenia Tran

a play area in the forest with large noughts and crosses on the ground

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/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 500 and f/4 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Preparation

Twiglet #197: Rain through a Net

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Howl

Wordless Wednesday: A Bear from the Past

Raven’s Rock Gorge

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket running down a forest trail
a wooden bear sculpture in forest clearing

The wooden bear sculpture is a tribute to the bears who once roamed here. We were glad to see it hadn’t been covered by the latest landslips and that most of the trees around him survived the storm too.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan of … #81

Tanka: After the Storm

a black whippet in a raincoat climbing a forest trail

rain softens earth
where trees are falling
side by side
we walk through changing forests
learning how to grow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a raincoat on a forest trail

We hope everyone in the path of Storm Alex is safe and well.

Wishing you all a blessed 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 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 400.

Carpe Diem #1830: Storm

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #4: Rainy Days

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Handle

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk