Worthy Wednesday: Spreading the Light

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail with snow and pine
snow covered mountains under a bright sun and sky

It is heart-warming to see many people spreading the light at a time when it is much needed.

Football games are currently on hold in Scotland and Nairn County Football Club published the following statement on their website:

With regards to our fans and the community as a whole. Well we are not playing football for the foreseeable future, so if we can help on a Saturday with anyone in self isolation, be it picking up your shopping, getting your prescription to you or even just walking the dog, drop us a message or give us a call and we will sort something out for you.

Nobody knows how long this virus will be with us, it could be a long haul, but we want you to know that your Club is with you. You have supported us, now its our turn to do the same for you.

Ian Finlayson, Secretary, Nairn County FC

A very big thank you to all the people who are working tirelessly to keep everything moving forward.

If you have a positive story to share, please let us know in the comments and help spread a little more light.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

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Tanka: Amplified in Glitter

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail with snow in the heather

beneath the sky
the last clean fields of snow
we’ll take our chance
to climb and see you again
amplified in glitter

© Xenia Tran

mount cairngorm covered in snow, seen through and above the pine trees

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Tuesday and for those of you who celebrate, a beautiful St Patrick’s Day too 🍀

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 200, f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Into the Pure Land

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running down a mountain trail

We’re climbing the trail where Winter still lives on the hillside. Snow laces between heather and grass, delightful in simple patterns. Every step brings a deeper awareness. An awareness of what matters most. Companionship, looking after one another, only ever taking what little is needed and giving plenty back. Walking here in the sun, it is love that anchors the way.

into the pure land
an immeasurable light
turning west

© Xenia Tran

mountain trail with snow patches to the left winding down towards a loch

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you 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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

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a black whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail with leafless trees

leafless trees
the forest breathes her calm
in winter’s grey
a sunburst through the pine
one candle lighting another

© Xenia Tran

a sunburst through leafless trees and pine

Wishing you all a peaceful 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 160, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Tanka: Sacred Moments

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a beach beside a loch

sacred moments
from spring grass to winter snow
the falcon calls
a new beginning
without beginnings

© Xenia Tran

snow covered mountains towering above the pine forest by Loch Morlich

Wishing you all a blessed 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 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

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Wordless Wednesday: Leading the Way

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket taking off to jump the burn
a black whippet in a winter jacket suspended in the air while leaping across a burn

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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Wind of Ice

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the shore of Loch Morlich

wind of ice
the hoot of an owl echoes
down the well

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets beside pine trees on the loch shore

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

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Haiku: Balance

Cairngorms National Park

close up shot of two whippets running through heather

code of angels
the journey in balance
with our dreams

© Xenia Tran

view across the hills and mountains with pine trees and a small loch below

We wish 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 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160.

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Tanka: Water of Life

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from a stream

mountain stream
a pause to drink the water
composed of crystals
the images left behind
of wolves who drank here too

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of water flowing in a clear mountain stream

We wish you all a magical Thursday and a wonderful weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: First Snow

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets climbing up a hill

The Cairngorms used to be called Am Monadh Ruadh or Russet Coloured Mountain Range. We love walking in the National Park out of season. The ancient pine are self-seeding and some of the trees are a thousand years old. The streams running from the hills are crystal clear. The water seems as pure today, as it has always been.

first snow
wandering across the hills
this morning

© Xenia Tran



snow on the mountain peaks, half-covered by cloud

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

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