Tanka: All as One

Loch an Eilein Castle

a brindle whippet in a black rain jacket on a forest trail

light rain
on the crumbling ruins
grass and moss grow
in the shade of willows
all as one with nature

© Xenia Tran

castle ruins surrounded by trees and covered in moss and grass

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Ruins

CFFC: Man-made Items

Tanka: One Step Ahead

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet in a black jacket running towards the camera

your smile
always one step ahead
of the weather
where love winds its own trail
in unexpected ways

© Xenia Tran

mountains with heather in bloom under a cloudy sky

With warm thanks to Steph, a dedicated volunteer for Give a Greyhound a Home, who sent Misty this lovely rain-proof jacket from her Canine Lane store.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Trail

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #140

Haibun: They Walk Beside Us

Cairngorms National Park

a memorial plaque placed on the stump of a pine tree

The sky is grey above the hills and we set off with raincoats wrapped around our waists. We walked this trail so many times the last twelve years, in all weathers. With Seamus weaving through the trees, sniffing moss and lichen and Ruby, always by my side in rhythm with my stride. With Eivor, leaping across streams and puddles to keep his paws dry, and Pearl, walking into the same streams to cool her legs and have a drink. Their smiles still linger here, their paw prints are embedded in the soil.

Here we are with Misty, who is as wide-eyed and enchanted by the glen as all the others were. For a while it feels as if we are walking with them, including those who Misty knew.

forest trail
changed forever
we greet the sun

© Xenia Tran

the ruins of Castle Eilein in the loch

We saw this beautiful memorial plaque on the stump of an ancient pine and can imagine the young man’s spirit and his loved ones finding peace here too.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Mirror

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #139

dVerse Poets: Open Link Live #322 August Edition

Tanka: Grandmother Tree

a smiling brindle whippet running up a hill in the forest

loch shore –
lights glitter on the water
while we listen
to the grandmother tree
sharing glimpses of the past

© Xenia Tran

exposed roots of an ancient pine by the loch shore

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Glimpse

CFFC: Connects You to the Present Moment

Haiku: An Invitation

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet on a sandy loch shore

sun and wind
sweeping away the clouds
an invitation

© Xenia Tran

Loch Morlich with stones in the foreground

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #138

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Meander

Tanka: Easy to Remember

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling whippet running along the sandy shores of a loch

so easy
to remember why we came
before we return
to the loch and forest
where nature’s beauty rises

© Xenia Tran

a smiling whippet looking back across the forest trail

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Easy

CFFC: Reminds You of Nature’s Beauty

Haiku: Tree Song

Cairngorms National Park

a view of the loch and sandy beach through the pine trees

moved by trees
who are moved by him
a piper plays

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet walking on a lochside beach

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #137

Tanka: Always the Sun

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet running on a forest trail

at one
with the wind
a dog smiles
in the glen’s deep spaces
her light can always be seen

© Xenia Tran

eastern shores of Loch Morlich in Summer

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Always

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Outdoor Fun

Haiku: A Pleasant Wind

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling female brindle whippet running past an ancient pine on the loch shore

back in nature
a pleasant wind leans
across the loch

© Xenia Tran

two turquoise canoes on the beach by Loch Morlich with the mountains and forest in the background on the opposite shore

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Focus

Water Water Everywhere #134

Tanka: Spring Silver

a blue and white whippet drinking from the melted edge of a frozen puddle on the loch shore

air bubbles …
in pristine ice
bursting with song
a blue dog silvers
the unwinding water

© Xenia Tran

a frozen puddle with air bubbles and a small branch embedded in the ice

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and to all of you who celebrate, a happy Easter Weekend too.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Pristine

Festival of Spring 2022: Week 4 – Spring Class