Discover Challenge: Open-Minded

Open-mindedness and mindfulness are themes which have been running through many of the stories, poems and haiku on this blog and today was another example of the blessings they can bring.

Those of you who saw my post ‘Haiku: Witness To The Magic‘ in response to the Daily Prompt ‘Witness’ will have read the following haiku:

mountain forest
mindfulness carries witness
to all the magic

© Xenia Tran

The haiku is accompanied by a photograph of Eivor and Pearl watching a bird of prey glide by. I did not mention in the original post what they were watching because I am not sure what kind of bird it was. Sighthounds have much better eyesight than humans and I was also partly blinded by the direction of the light. All I could see was a dark outline and to me it looked the size of a peregrine falcon. It was clear to me though, that it was a large bird of prey and that it had spotted potential prey.

Earlier today Denis from Haiku Hound commented on the post and after I told him what kind of bird I thought the whippets were watching he replied: ‘Hunters watching a hunter, there may be a haiku there Xenia?’

I looked at the photograph again and remembered I had taken two others at the same time. I had not used them for the original post but thankfully not deleted them either.

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This is the first photograph in the sequence. We are energetically connected as a pack and when the whippets notice something I notice them noticing, even though I may not be able to see what they can see.

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This is the second photograph in the sequence. Eivor is still watching the bird of prey and Pearl has now hardened her stance and her stare and is looking further down to see what potential prey the bird has spotted. This is when the haiku, encouraged by Denis and prompted by revisiting the moment, came:

awoken falcon
gliding on a promise
hunters understand

© Xenia Tran

The third photograph in the sequence is the photograph I posted four days ago with the first haiku.

two whippets in mountain forest.

They are now both watching the bird again.

I am very grateful for Denis and his encouragement to capture another part of this moment in a new haiku.

I am very grateful for all the comments and feedback I receive from fellow bloggers and followers and for all the wonderful photographs, poems and stories they share. Fresh perspectives are always a doorway to new understandings and deeper knowing and for that I thank you all.

Earlier this month I posted ‘Haiku: A Change In The Wind‘ and perhaps this is a nice haiku to end this post with:

a change in the wind
can carry many blessings
to an open mind

© Xenia Tran

With much love to you all,

Xenia xxx

Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action.

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Discover Challenge: Designed For You

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Sweet Pearl, I love the way you curl your tail and howl like a wolf in your dreams when the moon is full.

I love how you catch a ball and skip over the sand as if you have wings.

I love how we smiled at each other that first time we met at the shelter. You made the noise and the fear disappear.

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Sweet Eivor, I love the way you flick your paw when you stride over the sands and how your tail is made for writing poems in the sky when you fly.

I love the way you roll and carry the smell of the forest to make us feel as if we belong there.

I love how we smiled at each other the first time we met at the shelter. You made the noise and fear disappear.

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our bond weaves the path
our love creates the motion
learning to fly

© Xenia Tran

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perfectly designed
to love each other
dancing in light

© Xenia Tran

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With love from Eivor and Pearl xxx

Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action.

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Discover Challenge: The Poetry Of List Making

breathing clean air
sharing the peace within
this heavenly landscape

© Xenia Tran

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I had never been taken for a walk before I ended up at the shelter. I had no idea what the world looked like outside of my home at the time.

I did not know that three years later, I would have so many wonderful walks to choose from. The list continues to grow. All these special places in nature to explore in different seasons.

I love running on the beach, catching balls. I enjoy splashing in the sea when the weather gets warm. The magic of the forest, with quiet deer’s eyes watching us from behind the trees, the smells of earth and leaves, the sound of eagles calling.

The snows left the mountains in July and now the heather is in bloom.

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The air is fresh in the mountains when the glens grow warm in Summer. It is rare that we meet anyone up here. When we do, hikers are deep in thought, connecting with the wisdom from the mountains.

We greet each other the Highland way, the deep look into each other’s soul, the instant connection. The conversation without words.

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It is a special place for Pearl and me. Our humans love it too. They smile and go quiet. Our companion sits down on a large stone and writes another poem:

the mountain watches
the loch and glen below
fill with the sound of fiddles,
laughter and the clink of a glass
that never empties

© Xenia Tran

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I am so grateful for the long list of all the good things that come from spending time in nature where we can be who we were born to be.

I wish every shelter animal and every human in need will get to experience the love and peace that nature brings.

We have a video today where Aly Bain, John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and friends are playing a set of traditional reels. The music played by the people here captures the spirit of the mountains so well.

I am sending you all so much love,

Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

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Haiku: Shared Journeys

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side by side we stride
opposite diagonals
as if we are one

© Xenia Tran

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photograph by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA

Daily Post Discover Challenge: Shared Journeys