Haibun: Never Forgotten

a black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach with a yellow ball

Restrictions begin to ease. We can go out twice a day for sport or exercise, provided we stay local. The gorse is in bloom, glittering in warm yellows. The water is clear, the air still free of pollution. It is quite something, to see anyone here.

distant mountains
running like the wind
he smells the snow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting across the beach with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

Word of the Day Challenge: Forgotten

Wordless Wednesday: A Taste of the Sea

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking on seaweed-covered stones
a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking on seaweed-covered stones

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

Word of the Day Challenge: Contact

Tanka: Touching the Season

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing buried grass on the beach

deep sand
so many scattered stones
to focus on
along the tidal river
late cherry blossoms bloom

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket striding across the beach

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossoms

Discover Prompt #28: Focus

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching

Tanka: Moon Notes

two whippets playing on a sandbar at low tide

parting clouds
the new moon guides a dance
of new beginnings
where pine line sweeping sands
their song swings in the distance

© Xenia Tran

a hazy morning with light through the clouds above the beach and water

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #135: New Moon

Discover Prompt #23: Note

Your Daily Word Prompt: Distance

Wordless Wednesday: Keeping the Faith

a smiling blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets running on the beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and healthy,

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.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic #5 (Black & White)

Discover Prompt #12: Light

Haiku: Celebration

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

never knowing
when you came into this world
we choose your birthday

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

Eivor is one of eleven animals we adopted over the years whose exact birthday we may never know. With the help of shelter staff an approximate birthday was suggested and we chose 8 April, already a birthday in our family and easy to remember.

It was the first time we celebrated two birthdays under lockdown conditions. We took the day off from phones and internet, managed to cook a special meal and had a magical time.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday and may you all stay safe and healthy,

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #22

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo #4 (white and blue)

Discover-Prompt #9: Pair

Wordless Wednesday: Following my Reflection

a blue and white whippet with a pink ball splashing in a lagoon
a blue and white whippet with a pink ball walking through a lagoon

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #21

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo (Water)

Wordless Wednesday: Together

two whippets in winter jackets on tidal sands beside the surf
two smiling whippets walking side by side on wet tidal sands

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #20

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic

Word of the Day Challenge: Together

Tanka: Amplified in Glitter

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail with snow in the heather

beneath the sky
the last clean fields of snow
we’ll take our chance
to climb and see you again
amplified in glitter

© Xenia Tran

mount cairngorm covered in snow, seen through and above the pine trees

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Tuesday and for those of you who celebrate, a beautiful St Patrick’s Day too 🍀

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo (green, trees, landscape)

Twiglet #168: You Again

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Clean

Tanka: Love at First Sight

Loch Laggan

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from the loch

one more glance
one more sip
drinking it all in
for love, for poetry
the landscape at first sight

© Xenia Tran

snow covered peaks above Loch Laggan, clouds reflected in the water

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1813: Love at First Sight

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter ‘K’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Muse

dVerse Poets: Celebrating Open Link Night in San Diego