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

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.

Sunday Stills: Old

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1797: New Beginnings … First Snow

Tanka: Still Point

Loch an Eilein

head shots of a black whippet and blue and white whippet looking ahead

ah this joy
when early sun rays
warm the loch
glittering in the reeds
a still point for tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

We wish you all 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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1796: New Beginnings … First Sunray

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Daylight

Your Daily Word Prompt: Vital

Haiku: Born Anew

panned action shot of a leaping whippet following another on a forest trail

born anew
flying between trees
winter forest

© Xenia Tran

panned action shot of a leaping whippet following another on a forest trail

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a great 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 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1794: New Beginnings … New Born

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 1: Get Outside

Haibun: Beginnings

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets side by side on a forest hill

We walk on to a raised clearing in the forest where the light comes through. It is easy to see from here, how different trees relate to each other. The path of their voice flows through roots beneath our feet, through leafless branches. For anyone still enough to listen, a portal opens into this kinder world, this circle of giving and receiving.

light snow
on the higher ground
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets on a forest trail

We wish 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 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1792: New Beginnings

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Beginning (again)

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Portal

Haiku: A Christmas Wish

a black whippet sprinting along the shoreline in a winter jacket

stars at Christmas
our wish for love and peace
carried by the sea

© Xenia Tran

Merry Christmas written in the sand beside the tidal line

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on 29th December.

Warm Christmas wishes to all of you who celebrate and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem’s Seven Days Before Christmas 2019 (1): Peace Within

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #118: Christmas

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #285: Hope & Star

Haibun: Wandering Dreams

a black whippet in a black jacket zooming down a forest trail

Winding through fading flowers and ferns, the grass-covered trail feels soft underfoot. Our faces are tingling with water drops, the scent of spruce steeped in rain. Pearl is walking beside us, when Eivor returns.

tail high
he flows through the forest
of wandering dreams

© Xenia Tran

autumn leaves, golden spruce and green pine

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: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1773: A Field of Dried Grass (Basho)

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steep

Your Daily Word Prompt: Aspect