Tanka: Nature’s Cathedral

two whippets on a forest trail in dappled light

under the roof
of leaves and dappled light
a forest welcome
bearing blessings for all to share
this sacred world we walk in

© Xenia Tran

two whippets walking along a forest trail in summer's dappled light

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Word of the Day Challenge: Welcome

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

Wordless Wednesday: Back Among Trees

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet sniffing the grass between pine trees
two whippets on a forest trail between douglas fir and pine trees

It’s lovely to be walking among the soothing smells of pine trees again and enjoy the bliss of forest bathing.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Wellbeing

Haibun: A Special Encounter

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a stag peering over the rim of Knockan Crag above the Moyne Thrust

A passing shower brings welcome freshness, more greenness to the grass. Water cascades from the top into a thousand tiny pools. We hear the ‘plop’ of frogs leaping. Careful where we place our feet, we continue the climb. Eivor and Pearl grind to a halt, star-struck. We know what they’ve seen. They ask whether we can see it too. We blink and tell them we believe them.

stag on the hill
greeting us in peace
a kindred spirit

© Xenia Tran

two smiling whippets on a fern-covered hillside

If you look very closely, you can see the stag peering over the rim of the crag in the top right-hand corner of the second photograph.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Unexpected

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals

dVerse Poets Poetics: Hot Time in ye Ole Pub Tonight!

Wordless Wednesday: Cool Waters

a blue and white whippet running beside the surf with a pink ball in her mouth
a blue and white whippet in full gallop beside the surf with a pink ball

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

Wordless Wednesday: Nourish the Soul

two whippets walking side by side on a forest trail
two whippets walking side by side on a forest trail

Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Items or the Number Two

Word of the Day Challenge: Nourish

Wordless Wednesday: One More Wave

blue and white whippet in a purple harness running with a pink ball in her mouth beside the gentle surf
a blue and white whippet panting on the beach with her tongue hanging out after a big run
a view to the western cliffs at Clachtoll with low hanging clouds in the east

A gentle follow-up to yesterday’s Blue Ocean.

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 and f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Item or the Number 1

Wordless Wednesday: Smiles in the Breeze II

a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea
a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea
a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea

We left you with smiles before our editing break and are happy to be back here with more smiles after a fruitful week of work.

We are also deeply honoured, humbled and delighted to learn that our photograph and haiku Winter Mist featured on NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo – Part 1, broadcast on 4th March 2019 from Tokyo.

We are very grateful to presenters Kit Pancoast Nagamura, Kazuko Nishimura and Dan Mitsu for their thoughtful and entertaining interpretation of this photo haiku.

The entire episode, featuring a number of photo haiku and haiku by other international haiku poets, is available to view on the NHK World Japan website and lasts approximately 28 minutes.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Exchange

Word of the Day Challenge: Surprise