Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

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/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23


Wordless Wednesday: Transcendental Relaxation

two whippets in coloured fleeces sunpuddling head to head
close up of two whippets in coloured fleeces sunpuddling head to head

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/8 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Haibun: Sometimes the Wind

a blue and white whippet snoozing on the floor touching the front paws of a black whippet

The wind has changed direction and it’s best to stay at home. It’s blowing straight from the Arctic and, just for a short while, we get a sense of life in another place, far away from here. A place where the sun rarely sets in Summer and barely rises in Winter. A place with polar bears, reindeer and huskies. A place similar to what it was like here, thousands and thousands of years ago.

snow flurries
children roll their eggs
for easter

© Xenia Tran

close up of a blue and white whippet in a pink fleece

Wishing you all a happy Monday and, if you’re in Northern Scotland, may you stay safe and warm!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Egg

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142: You Pick It!

Word of the Day Challenge: Sometimes

Tanka: Soft and Forgiving

two whippets running across a wide beach towards the sea

seals swim
in the distance
deep sand
soft and forgiving
the way the ancients speak

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets leaping and running towards the sea

We wish you all a 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/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Forgive

Water Water Everywhere #71

Wordless Wednesday: A Trail of Crumbs

profile of two whippets in black jackets on the beach
two whippets in black jackets sniffing driftwood on the beach

The tides have been very high, leaving driftwood close to the dunes where it gets covered by soft sand.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Crumbs

Tanka: Soaring Spirit

close up of a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach looking into the distance

above the hills
and the gulls that hover
in limitless blue
there’s a space we call home
that lives inside us too

© Xenia Tran

two herring gulls soaring in a blue sky

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Limit

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ace

Word of the Day Challenge: Purity

Tanka: The Day’s Blue

two whippets in black jackets walking across a narrow beach

the beach narrows
as the tide rolls in
slowly
the sky opens her curtains
restoring the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

a sweeping narrow strip of beach beside the dunes under a blue sky with fluffy clouds

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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Restore

Water Water Everywhere #69

Wordless Wednesday: Catching the Breeze

a smiling blue and white whippet running through the dunes
view from the beach towards the sea and large sand bar

It’s good to be back and thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekend Sky #21

Wordless Wednesday: Sand Dunes

two whippets in black jackets walking through the dunes
sand dunes with marram grass and pine under a blue sky with light cloud

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on
Wednesday 24th March.

Wishing you all a Happy St Patrick’s Day and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC: Pick a Topic (Blue Sky, Clouds, Shadows)

Tanka: Circles

a smiling whippet in a black jacket walking across dry grass

ah the smell
of gorse blooming
here in the wetlands
the circle of seasons
continues to bring us peace

© Xenia Tran

the first gorse in bloom for the season

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

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, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

PI Poetry Prompt: Circle

Lens-Artist Weekly Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Word of the Day Challenge: Sniff