Haiku: Passing Spring

close up of a black whippet with a brown and beige patterned collar on the beach, looking into the distance

blossom haze
spring is passing
before our eyes

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet on the beach looking at the camera

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #83: Blossom Haze

Carpe Diem #1653: Passing Spring (yuku haru)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

We are delighted that the haiku featured in My Friend, My Rock has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Three Haiku from our sister blog TranatureCeltic Mist, A Drop of Bliss and Garden Buddha, were also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation for putting this project together.

Villanelle: Where Seasons Meet

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket sniffing snow along a forest trail

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket turning back along a forest trail beside the pine trees and heather

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a river flowing beside a forest trail with overhanging pine trees

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket walking through a puddle of melted snow on a forest trail

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a blue whippet in a black jacket on her hind legs between the heather, watched by a black whippet in a black jacket from the forest trail

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

a black whippet in a black jacket walking towards a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

view across the heather and pine-clad hills towards the snow-capped mountains

This is our second contribution to this month’s Villanelle challenge at dVerse Poets. You can read our first contribution at A Voice that Knows and our third contribution Worth Waiting For has now been published on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the Villanelle:

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Perspicatious

Friendly Friday: Photo Walk

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks, Trails, Sidewalks

Wordless Wednesday: Bringing Light into the Shadow

a blue and white whippet with a yellow ball walking on the beach by dunes and WWII defences
a blue and white whippet with a yellow ball walking on the beach by dunes and WWII defences
close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet with a yellow ball in her mouth walking on the beach beside WWII defences

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Equinox,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shadows

Haiku: Sacred Path

 

a blue and white whippet, seen from behind, looking across a tidal lagoon and sand bar

 

turning point
the visible worlds
we share

© Xenia Tran

 

a smiling blue and white whippet spinning round towards the camera on the tidal sands

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Turning Point

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

Carpe Diem #1619: Kumano Kodo … Nakahechi Route

 

 

Haiku: Winter’s Heatwave

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

spirit breathes
in stillness of hazy blue
winter’s heatwave

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

view over the Moray Firth at low tide

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful warm days this February with the local temperature reaching 17C.

Wishing you all a beautiful 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

 

Haiku: Earth’s Garden

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket between the pine trees

 

a new day
sensing its beauty
earth’s garden

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket sniffing the grass between the pine trees

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket sniffing the grass between the pine trees, a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking behind him

We wish you all a very happy Tuesday 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/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125, f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Garden

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

 

Haiku: Colours of Joy

 

view over the River Shin in morning mist from Achany Forest

 

mist rises
the day warms into
infinite joy

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets chasing each other through the forest

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket leaping past a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket on a forest trail

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 -1/100 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Color of Your Choice