Tanka: Messages

two whippets in jackets sniffing the sand side by side

driftwood
dogs read and sniff
each message
left by sun and cloud
in morning’s frost-laced blanket

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing a large piece of driftwood covered in frost

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed 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/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday

Tanka Thursday: Blanket

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Rustic Simplicity

Wordless Wednesday: Early Recharge

a whippet in a jacket sprinting across the beach
frosty driftwood and washed up leaves on the beach

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/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves and Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Charge

Tanka: Beloved Light

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing washed up leaves on the beach

shoreline gold
the scent of autumn
follows the river
each fleeting moment
we turn to the light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing autumn leaves washed up on the beach

We are deeply honoured and delighted that our poem Where Moss Flows has been published in Dance Into The World, The Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (2020). A very big thank you to Michael Dylan Welch for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Front Cover of Dance Into the World

For a summary of recent poems featured in anthologies please visit our Anthologies page.

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 250 and f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Like a River

Twiglet #206: Looking for Light

Word of the Day Challenge: Beloved

Wordless Wednesday: Calm Seas

a whippet in a jacket on the beach near a driftwood tree
a calm sea with a bank of mist in front of the mountains

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #54

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

Wordless Wednesday: Soft Sand Zoomies

a blue and white whippet speeding past across the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet with a yellow ball on the beach

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Terrain

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)