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

Haiku: East Wind

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket sprinting across the beach

ah this light
rising in the east
with the wind

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket leaping across the beach

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 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #128: East Wind (kochi)

Weekly Prompt Weekend Photo Challenge: Leap

Tanka: Taking it Easy

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

on colder days
the curdled white in blue skies
offers a world
to cherish beside the fire
close to dunes and marram grass

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

Wishing you all a relaxing Thursday,

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Your Daily Word Prompt: Perceptive

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

Wordless Wednesday: Coasting Along

a blue and white whippet striding along the top of the dunes
two whippets playing on top of 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 FZ 200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Coast

Haiku: Breath of Love

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

moving layers
dunes built by bent grass
a breath of love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

The forecast ‘Indian Summer’ has arrived in the Highlands and we’re enjoying some beautiful warm weather.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

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 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Breathe

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Hot Dog

Word of the Day Challenge: Love

Haibun: A New Focus

a part focused shot of a black whippet's face between bent grass

Behind the scenes our companion has been doing deep work and research into her family trees. She was already familiar with the Swiss and Frisian connections. Now she’s discovered a line that goes back to sixteenth century Flemish and Dutch roots, to people who settled on land that used to be sea. Looking at images of their West Coast we see the same waters, a spiritual connection through landscape and time.

deep within
this longing to be by the sea
the same sky

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet standing between bent grass in the dunes, looking out over the sea

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus

Your Daily Word Prompt: Research

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Break

a smiling blue and white whippet turning left onto a path through the dunes
view East along the dunes and cliffs of the Moray Coast in Summer

We’re taking a short Summer Break and wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

You’re welcome to revisit older posts from our archives while we’re away. We’ll swing by to read from time to time and will be back posting here on Wednesday 17th July.

Thank you for all your love and support,

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 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Jolly

Your Daily Word Prompt: Activation

Haiku: A Gentle Touch

a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket by driftwood on the beach

a gentle touch
will guide us to a good place
in the breeze

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking towards the dunes from the beach
bent grass blowing in the wind in the dunes with rolling waves in the background

We wish you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful 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 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1627: Kumano Kodo … Shide … Shinto Lightning Symbol

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #245: Easy & Ride

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Explorers

 

two whippets in winter jackets looking into each other's eyes in snow-covered dunes

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket following a black whippet in a winter jacket up the snow covered dunes

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket and a black whippet in a winter jacket standing on top of snow covered dunes

 

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 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Mettlesome