Haibun: Lifting the Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

Deep in the glen we meet a cheerful group of hikers in short sleeves and sun hats. We’re so happy to feel the warm on our skin after one of our longest Winters. The swallows are here, sweeping across the meadow. Buttercups and cowslip sparkle in the light.

wild orchids
a green-veined white
darts away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet running down a forest trail

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine weather and will be back on Monday 14th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Hat

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elevate

Carpe Diem #1844: Returning Back to Normal

Haiku: Wild Voices

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet sniffs the wide trunk of an ancient pine

ancient pine
the deep voice
within

© Xenia Tran

close up of the trunk of an ancient Caledonian pine

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Go Wild

Wordless Wednesday: Mindfulness

a black whippet in a raincoat gently sniffing the grass in the forest
a blue and white whippet in a raincoat sniffing the grass in the forest

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 220.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Mindful

Tanka: Zen Marbles

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a raincoat on a forest trail in spring

fluttering wings
our forest walk disappears
in itself
scattered stones marble the path
below the snow-capped mountains

© Xenia Tran

close up of snow-capped corries in the cairngorms

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 110.

PI Poetry Prompt: Marble

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bliss

Haiku: Wood Anemone

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat sniffing the grass


wood anemone
a blue and white dog tiptoes
through the green grass

© Xenia Tran

anemone blanda flowering in the forest

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday from the Cairngorms and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 800, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 560 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

CMMC: May Alphabet Letter ‘G’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Blossoming

Haibun: Flower Moon

For Martina

a black whippet in a raincoat on a wooden platform by a loch

Walking through the glens and hills, we meet other walkers who love being here. The purity, the solitude, the wind moving through the pine. It’s as if their branches are opening wide to greet us with a warm welcome.

It is the day after the funeral of our much loved vet. The family asked anyone who wants to say goodbye to wear something blue.

flower moon
her spirit rises
from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

the southern shore of Lochan Uaine in Spring

We were very sad to learn one of our local vets has died in an accident while hiking in Glencoe, a place she dearly loved.

We thank her for her care and kindness and our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her colleagues at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you all stay safe.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/1.8 – 1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #149: Blue and Green

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #192: Flower Moon

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Flower Moon

Tanka Prose: Finding Sanctuary

a black whippet in a raincoat walking on a forest trail

A gentle rain is scenting the dry places along the trail as we climb through the forest. The vibrant green of Spring grass opens the heart. Music from a tinkling brook echoes the gratitude we are feeling. Here, we follow our instinct. We leave all that is learned behind and surrender to the knowing.

a butterfly
with tenderness
she dances
from flower to flower
pure white and breathing

© Xenia Tran

a stream flowing near the bottom of a woodland hill

Wishing you all a happy Monday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

PI Poetry Prompt: Butterfly

Earthweal: Sanctuary

Haibun: Faery Spotting

a black whippet in a blue harness on a narrow woodland trail

The rains have stopped and the glen is full of bird song. It’s good to smell pine and freshly watered earth after the dry spell. A faint path is covered in paw prints from furry folk who walk here in the night. The more we journey here, the more we feel two worlds connecting.

linked lives
ribbons of white bells
glitter in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up of spring heather growing on the forest floor

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.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Earthweal: Voyage to the Otherworld

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #148: Spots and Dots

Word of the Day Challenge: Gorgeous

Wordless Wednesday: Full Flow

a black whippet running across the beach followed by his shadow
two whippets running on a wide tidal beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 360 and f/16 – 1/800 s – ISO 500.

Wordless Wednesday

Puente Poetry: Dream Song

a smiling blue and white whippet wading through a tidal lagoon

a rippled lagoon reflects pine and
passing cloud with snow-capped
mountains leaning into past
and present blessings from

~ a crystal clear sea ~

that follows the moon to
the other world, so far
yet near when we close our eyes
and do our wildest dreaming

© Xenia Tran

close up of crystal clear water in a tidal lagoon

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 400 and f/7.1 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Leaning

Earthweal: Voyage to the Other World

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fluid