Haibun: Wild and Blue

a whippet in a winter jacket by a hut made from driftwood on the beach

The strong winds have carried more driftwood to the beach. Some branches are chopped up and taken away to dry out for wood burners and open fires. Other pieces have been used to build shelters and huts along the beach. It brings a bit of joy and surprise whilst we are in lockdown.

snow-capped hills
still the sea flows in and out
a glacier blue

© Xenia Tran

a funnel cloud spreading above a glacier-blue sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 -1/800 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000.

Sunday Stills: Glacier Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Wildly

Tanka: Tenderness

a blue and white whippet sniffing frost-covered stones on the beach

hoarfrost
the light searches
for souvenirs
near seaweed and shaded sands
where thin ice lingers

© Xenia Tran

seaweed and leaves covered in hoarfrost

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/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Search

PI Poetry Prompt: Thin Ice

Word of the Day Challenge: Tenderness

Tanka: Blanket of Snow

two whippets in winter jackets running on tidal sands

on the hills
a blanket of snow
with a pure heart
we look forward to tomorrow
and better days to come

© Xenia Tran

snow capped hills across the firth and Brent geese on an outcrop by the beach in the foreground

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Blanket

Wordless Wednesday: Along the Tidal Line

two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands
two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands

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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

Haiku: Clams and Mussels

two whippets in jackets sniffing between the stones on the beach

clams and mussels
a beach abundant with gifts
for the new year

© Xenia Tran

close up of razor clams, autumn leaves and shells

We hope you all had a lovely Hogmanay, even though it would have been a bit different.

The traditional Hogmanay Ceilidh on BBC Alba was also different, with the singers and musicians linking up remotely rather than playing together in one venue.

Below is a video of one of those performances, which has a magic all of its own and unique for these times:

We wish you all a blessed and abundant New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #171: New Year’ Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Galavant

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Holidays!

slightly panned action shot of a smiling blue and white whippet in a jacket zooming through the dunes
two whippets running past each other on a steep dune above the beach

We are taking a short blogging break for the holidays and will return on Wednesday 30 December.

Wishing you all a peaceful week ahead and those of you who celebrate a blessed Christmas,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/50 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Jingle

Tanka: Winter Solstice

close up of a whippet's nose and paws around a lensball in the surf

distant bells
a welcome comfort
from the cosmos
inside out
on solstice day

© Xenia Tran

a lensball in the surf with the blur of a whippet's paw in the right hand foreground

Wishing you all a blessed Winter Solstice,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #56

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #337: Open & Solace (Welcome & Comfort)

Word of the Day Challenge: Bells

Tanka: Messages

two whippets in jackets sniffing the sand side by side

driftwood
dogs read and sniff
each message
left by sun and cloud
in morning’s frost-laced blanket

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing a large piece of driftwood covered in frost

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday

Tanka Thursday: Blanket

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Rustic Simplicity

Wordless Wednesday: Early Recharge

a whippet in a jacket sprinting across the beach
frosty driftwood and washed up leaves on the beach

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/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Charge

Haibun: Precious Moments

two whippets in maroon jackets on the beach with driftwood

The sun is slow to rise above the trees, brightening a small strip of sand near the shoreline. The surf sings her song, a large piece of driftwood listens and greets the day with wing-like branches.

morning frost
a seagull tip-toes over
the pure notes

© Xenia Tran

a frosty beach with driftwood and shadows of people and dogs

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #127: Precious Moments

Your Daily Word Prompt: Faithful