Haibun: Weaving the Way

two whippets walking down a forest trail towards the camera

Thank you to the leaves, from lanterns in Spring, Summer greens and Autumn gold, scattered petals that feed the soil. You’ve brought us joy, you’ve brought us shade from the blazing sun, shelter from wind and rain. You clear the air we breathe, always giving and giving.

returning home
morning dew sparkles
weaving the way

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a hill trail

We wish you all a wonderful Thursday and to all our friends in the US who celebrate, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Thanksgiving

Your Daily Word Prompt: Kindred

Word of the Day Challenge: Sparkle

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #255

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Glen

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket beside a wooden carved bench on a forest trail
a winding forest trail in autumn

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday from the shelter of the glen.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Haiku: Giving Thanks

Ledmore Woods

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

giving thanks
when rain clouds drift away
gold and blue

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

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/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 320 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #114: Thanksgiving

Sunday Stills: Your Favorite Photo

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ameliorate

Tanka Prose: Walking with Saigyõ

a black whippet in a black jacket striding down a mountain trail

Matsuo Bashõ (1644-1694) is one of the world’s best known haiku poets and his work has been guiding me along a poetic journey that offers me a space to pause and breathe. He carried the poems of Saigyõ (1118-1190) under his arm and I was curious to read what Bashõ was reading. Saigyõ gazed at the moon and flowers in many different places. According to Gary Snyder, Saigyõ takes the moon into his mind and out again, opening a new way of seeing the universe.

It is something I can relate to, climbing this hill. I see the colours unfolding in echoes of moonlight and sun. There are still remnants of purple on the higher ground, where the heather was late to flower.

ancestral moon
autumn’s deep places
in our heart between
the green, gold and violet
mirrors everywhere

© Xenia Tran

view from a hill over heather, pine and golden birch

This piece was inspired by Saigyõ’s Mirror of the Moon (translated by Gary Snyder, 1978). I love the way Saigyõ’s tanka can be read both as the lines fall on the page and in reverse order, something I love to aim for when writing my own tanka.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

dVerse Poets Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Imitation Practice

Your Daily Word Prompt: Incorporate

Word of the Day Prompt: Glorious

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting for You

a smiling black whippet in a black jacket running down a forest trail
a black whippet waiting for a blue and white whippet running down the forest trail

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 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #72: Waiting

Haibun: The Sound of Leaves

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet on a forest trail beside a squirrel sculpture

The second squirrel sculpture we see along the trail receives a thorough sniffing. This one is sitting up, gazing ahead in the distance. Perhaps he’s hoping too, his real-life cousins will return.

the sound of leaves
before they touch the soil
beneath the trees

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in black jackets on a leaf-strewn forest trail

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

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 125 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #113: Fallen Leaves

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sound

Tanka: Calm Returning

Loch Migdale

two whippets in black jackets along the shore of Loch Migdale in autumn

autumn stirs
leaves rustle in the crowns
above the glen
the sun sees off the clouds
her warmth a calm returning

© Xenia Tran

Loch Migdale in autumn, soft ripples on the water

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/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stir