Tanka: Jewels from the Sea

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket sniffing seaweed on tidal sands

 

morning stroll
seaweed, salt and water
glistening
a scent from the deep
alive inside us here

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in a winter jackets sniffing seaweed on tidal sands

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Jewel

 

Haiku: Morning Glory

 

a black whippet leaping from the dunes onto the beach beside a running blue whippet

 

airborne
in the hounds’ play
morning glory

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet chasing a leaping black whippet on the beach

 

flying paws
how far can they run
autumn waves

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet zooming on the beach with three legs in the air

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.

 

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in November Y3 (Spurting)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Orchestrate

 

Tanka: A Lullaby from the Sea

 

two whippets in winter jackets and three people silhouetted against the setting sun on the shoreline

 

silhouettes
shaped by autumn’s lamplight
walkers and dogs
enjoying evening’s splendour
a lullaby from the sea

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets running on the beach with balls in their mouths at twilight

 

twilight blues, purples and golds over the Moray Firth on an outgoing tide

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/160 s, ISO 200 and f/5, 1/125 s, ISO 100.

 

This is our 30th and final contribution for Carpe Diems’s 2018 Autumn Retreat, a retreat where we write haiku, haibun or tanka on the theme ‘Love Eternally’ every day for thirty days. We have contributed fifteen poems on this blog and fifteen poems on our sister blog, Tranature. To see all our contributions and those from other participating poets please follow the link below or type ‘#carpe diems autumn retreat 2018 love’ in your Reader.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1544: Autumn Lamplight (aki no hi)

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio

 

Haiku: Twilight

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket running with a pink ball on the beach at twilight

 

mountains cloaked
in twilight’s pink and gold
a new wisdom

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket striding across the tidal sands with a pink ball at twilight

 

gold and pink twilight sky seen from the beach with an outgoing tide

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/60 s, ISO 125, f/4, 1/100 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/60 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light

 

Haiku: One Last Wave

Lochan Mor

 

a blue whippet in a purple harness walking on a forest trail in autumn colours

 

remembering
the last wave of lily pads
towards home

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Mor in autumn colours with fading reeds and lily pads

You can see the water lilies in bloom in our earlier post ‘Swimming‘ on our sister blog.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/3.2, 1/200 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

 

Tanka: Autumn’s Voice

 

black whippet in a black harness and celtic collar striding along the loch shore

 

below the bridge
a waterfall, reflecting
autumn’s voice
a mild day in November
cradled in the breeze

© Xenia Tran

 

Loch an Eilein in autumn colours, water flowing in a small waterfall towards the burn

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1539: Autumn’s Voice

Terri’s Sunday Stills: It’s Time

 

Haibun: Comfort

 

black whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera on a forest trail covered in autumn leaves

 

It is almost two years ago that Mark Woods had to make a difficult decision. Walnut the whippet was eighteen years old and had been increasingly unwell. He wanted to take his faithful friend for one last walk on his favourite beach. In a simple Facebook post he invited other dogwalkers to come along if they wanted to say goodbye to Walnut. The post was shared and shared. When we saw it on Twitter we shared it too.

Hundreds of people turned up. Children walked up to Walnut to stroke him and say goodbye. He was hugged, time and time again, while Mark carried him around wrapped in a blanket. Walnut’s eyes were full of love. Occasionally, he would look up at Mark and lick his face.

autumn gathers
her blanket of comfort
around our heart

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets walking towards each other on a forest trail with autumn leaves

 

The video below shows a recent interview with Mark.

 

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 s, ISO 250 and f/3.2, 1/100 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Comfort