Haiku: Smouldering Summer

a black whippet striding through dunes in the morning sun

hidden in dunes
summer’s first embers
of a dragon’s fire

© Xenia Tran

part of a driftwood tree shaped like a dragon in the dunes

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #147: Smoldering (Hot)

Word of the Day Challenge: Unstoppable

Wordless Wednesday: Old and New

a blue and white whippet on a misty beach with driftwood
a beach at low tide in morning mist

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #99: Old and New

Tanka Prose: Circles and Spirals

a blue and white whippet in a pink harness on the beach

Walking through the dunes the scent of gorse reminds me of sun cream, our bike rides to the sea. It’s your birthday today. You would have been sixty-eight. I can imagine you silver-haired, your smile and wit still bouncing.

meditating
the circles and spirals of
a driftwood root ball
the place in our lives you held
still dearly in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

a path through the dunes with blooming gorse and marram grass

In memory of our much-loved uncle Leo (1952-1997).

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 160 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #140: Summer Meadow – Memorial Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Like a Circle in a Spiral

Tanka: Precious Places

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing washed up driftwood

slowing down
the smell of driftwood
ignites a fire
anchoring the memories
a special place we love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking in front of a line of driftwood

These photographs were taken on the shores of Loch Laggan in February 2020 before the current travel restrictions were in place.

You can see more images from this walk in our February posts Wings of Snow, Still Mind, Big World and Love at First Sight.

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week and may you all stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel

Discover Prompt #16: Slow

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ignite

Word of the Day Challenge: Precious

Haiku: Treasure Hunting

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff driftwood on the beach

pure heart
two dogs go lovingly
treasure hunting

© Xenia Tran

side on close up shot of two whippets in winter jackets on the beach bending down to sniff the sand

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #294: Chaste & Taste (Pure & Heart)

Wordless Wednesday: Smooth River Stones

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the shingle and driftwood below the dunes
a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the shingle and driftwood below the dunes

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #76: On Display

Haiku: All Quiet

two whippets sniffing a driftwood tree on the beach

so free
the gentle ways of nature
restoring herself

© Xenia Tran

seagulls bobbing in the tidal lagoon, others sunning on the sandbar

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1-1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Peace

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #283: Placid & Wild

Your Daily Word Prompt: Quiet

Haibun: Into Peace

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach beside some driftwood

After a cold start the mist rolls back across the water. It’s been quite a night, according to the driftwood. The air seems innocent. In the midst of clouds we see glimpses of those who once walked here with us, their faces turning towards the light.

gentle surf
echoes of a moon passing
into peace

© Xenia Tran

white clouds above a bank of mist over a calm blue sea

Wishing you all a very peaceful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Peace

Twiglet #154: Innocent as Air

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Passage

Wordless Wednesday: Tidal Textures

two whippets striding across shingle covered in seaweed and driftwood
shingle and seaweed on the beach with the tide rolling in

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 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Textures

Word of the Day Challenge: Almost

Villanelle: A Voice that Knows

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking along the beach

the wind is strong where soft sand blows
along the shore the water’s speech
releases the waves, a voice that knows

perhaps that’s why we feel so close
on every walk along this beach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

we seek adventure, step in the flows
a faraway wind from the East
releases the waves, a voice that knows

the scent of freedom, a thought that grows
can show us the treasures that lie within reach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

beneath the moon, a star that glows
we stretch out our dreams where each
releases the waves, a voice that knows

when colours brighten our rainbows
mirroring all that they teach
the wind stays strong where soft sand blows
releasing the waves, a voice that knows

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket landing on his front paws in the sand by some driftwood along the waterline
driftwood sticking out from the sands with soft sand blowing past

Sarah at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Villanelle this month and this is our first contribution. Our second contribution has now been published at Where Seasons Meet and our third contribution Worth Waiting For can be found on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stretch

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Roll