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

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