Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1825: Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

Haiku: Spring Flurries

two whippets in black jackets running on wet tidal sands

spring flurries
after the supermoon
the wind rises

© Xenia Tran

side on shot of two whippets in black jackets running on wet tidal sands

Patti at Lens-Artists is inviting us to share images that have been cropped in some way.

When taking these pictures I wasn’t aware that another walker had slipped into the left of the frame until it was too late. The photographs were taken in burst-mode, so I had to crop every capture.

We hope you’re keeping safe, well and warm and wish 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

Carpe Diem’s Time Challenge Two: Super Moon

Your Daily Word Prompt: Grapple

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.

Carpe Diem #1824: Yasaka-ji Temple

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Delightful

Your Daily Word Prompt: Anchor

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night 262

Tanka: Love at First Sight

Loch Laggan

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from the loch

one more glance
one more sip
drinking it all in
for love, for poetry
the landscape at first sight

© Xenia Tran

snow covered peaks above Loch Laggan, clouds reflected in the water

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1813: Love at First Sight

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter ‘K’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Muse

dVerse Poets: Celebrating Open Link Night in San Diego

Tanka: Love is in the Air

two whippets in winter jackets peering over the reeds on the edge of a marsh

comforting me
in a frost-covered marsh
your love
filling winter air with peace
a rainbow’s grace that passes

© Xenia Tran

a seagull flying low over the marshes and a part-frozen pond

We wish you all a very happy Thursday, a wonderful rest of the week and for those of you who celebrate, a very happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

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 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Sunday Stills: Sweet

Carpe Diem Love Month #1810: Rainbow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Most Desirable

Haiku: Unconditional Love

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

resting here
leaves and moss themselves
are love

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

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 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

Carpe Diem #1806: Unconditional Love

Your Daily Word Prompt: Revelation

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

Haiku: All that we Love

Faskally Woods

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the ground beside a loch

scent of earth
all that we love reflected
in shining water

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the moss beside a loch

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 – 1/50 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #13

Carpe Diem #1805: Love Month

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Aromatic

Haiku: First Snowdrop

a blue and white whippet running onto the beach followed by a black whippet

first snowdrop
small shoots dazzle everywhere
this winter

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on the beach followed by a black whippet

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful weekend,

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.

Carpe Diem #1803: New Beginnings … Snowdrops

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Aesthetics

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.

Carpe Diem #1802: New Beginnings … Without Beginning

Word of the Day Challenge: Holy

Nurturing Thursday

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.

Carpe Diem #1798: New Beginnings … Metamorphosis

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Say Cheese

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday