Haiku: Patterns in the Sand

 

a blue whippet leaping sideways on the tidal sands

 

etched in sand
paw prints, laughter, the zest
of dogs at play

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet leaping sideways on the tidal sands

 

a blue whippet running along the shore on the tidal sands

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, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

This is my 29th contribution of Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2018 with the theme ‘Finding the Way’, where we were invited to contribute one haiku, tanka or haibun per day for thirty days. I contributed fifteen poems at Tranature and fifteen poems here at Whippet Wisdom. To see all thirty contributions together you can click here.

To see the contributions from everyone who took part please see the Carpe Diem link below.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #74: Zest

 

Tanka: A Voice across the Sea

a black whippet on sand and shingle looking at the water below

northern breeze
a spring in our step
after the heat
songs enter the water
filling our heart, the same sky

© Xenia Tran

a blue whippet looking to her left across the water

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem introduces us to ‘Joik’, the mystical song of the Sami people. I believe there is something at the heart of all traditional music that connects us to our roots and to where our spirits come from.

The beautiful video clip that Kristjaan shared with us, a song called ‘Devieh’ performed live by Marja Mortensson is sadly no longer available.

Carpe Diem #1490: Joik, the mystical song of the Sami

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #70: Contact

dVerse Poets: Celebrate with me Today

Haibun: A Sense of Peace

 

a wooden marker covered in seaweed and swallowed by tidal sands

 

What began as a guiding light for sailors is swallowed by shifting sands. The river readjusts her flow into the sea, the sailors readjust their navigations. Seaweed covers the remaining frame in vivid green around the barnacles, accepting all that changes.

resting stones
glistening in the sun
a sense of peace

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets walking across tidal pools with seaweed-covered stones

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Row

 

Tanka: The Dance of Friendship

 

two whippets running onto the beach from the dunes

 

linked lives
a moon’s blessing
spurs the dance
on four legs and on two
the light is always new

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet leaping ahead of a black whippet across the tidal sands

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Sunday Stills: You’ve Got a Friend

 

Tanka: Creating Memories

 

blue whippet in a purple harness standing alert in the grass beside a woodland trail

 

exploring
one path after another
the wolf within
mindful of the living trees
the fallen resting in grass

© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

The fallen trees are left here and provide a home for micro-organisms and the rare aspen hoverfly.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Carpe Diem #1485: Creating Memories

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

 

Tanka: The Sound of Silence

 

black whippet sniffing driftwood on the beach at Findhorn Bay

 

first sunrise
the voice of love recorded
in your heart
the beauty of hidden stars
within the sound of silence

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet looking over his right shoulder across the tidal pools and sand bars

 

Boats, some anchored and some moored at pontoons in Findhorn Bay

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

dVerse Poetics: Sounds of Silence

When I saw the prompt at dVerse I immediately had to think of the adaptation by American band ‘Disturbed’ of the classic Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’.  Below is a video clip of their version, which inspired the tanka above. Hope you enjoy!

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Field

 

black whippet looking curious at something to his left in the distance on a woodland trail

 

waiting here
in this field of flowers
your smile

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet and blue whippet walking towards each other on a path through a field of flowers

 

 

blue whippet walking through a clearing in the forest filled with purple and yellow wildflowers

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 100 and f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Field

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

 

Haibun: Clouds of Cotton

 

 

close up of a blue whippet pawing deep sand on the beach

 

The sky and tidal pools are full of clouds, the wind is oh so cooling. Six weeks we prayed for this. A normal day to sniff and play, soft sand beneath our feet after the heatwave.

a butterfly
from flower to flower
between the dunes

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet smiling and shaking his head in the wind on the beach

 

Moray Firth and tidal pools at the beach, a blue sky full of cotton wool clouds

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/640 s, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Soft

 

Haiku: Buck Moon

 

two whippets playing with a green and black ball on the beach

 

dogs run the beach
plucking balls from the sky
before the buck moon

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets playing with a green and black ball on the beach

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.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

 

Tanka: Reflections

blue whippet relaxing on a dog blanket in a window seat

their eyes reveal
the sound of waterfalls
after the walk
dogs rest their noses
stretch out their dreams

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a snoozing black whippet on a dog blanket
portrait of a snoozing blue whippet on a brown dog blanket

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/13 s, ISO 400 and f/2.8, 1/160 s, ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Time to Relax

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Week 3: Indoor, Fabric, Colors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #54: Reflection

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass under the title Stretching Dreams. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
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