Tanka: What Travels with Us

two whippets in winter jackets running along a wide path through the dunes

hopes and dreams
the warmth in your voice
travels with us
where the river meets the sea
older seals are barking

© Xenia Tran

a tidal lagoon and river meet where they flow into the sea

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.

Tanka Thursday: Travel

Wordless Wednesday: A Smile in Your Step

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket stepping onto the beach
Findhorn Bay in the Winter sun

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Step by Step

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #181: Double Dipping

Haiku: A New Dawn

silhouette of a whippet climbing the dunes between marram grass

early dawn
he fills the doorframe
with his laughter

© Xenia Tran

Honourable Mention in the 22nd HIA Haiku Contest (2020). A warm-hearted thank you to David Burleigh for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the other winners.

a small part of a rainbow visible across the mountains on the opposite shore

Yesterday we received a lovely surprise:

European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors Certificate for Xenia Tran

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be included in the European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Krzysztof Kokot for selecting me and many congratulations to all my fellow European poets.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022 and a peaceful year ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: A New Dawn

Tanka: Halo Around the Sun

a black and white whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes

happiness
the seamless flow
in letting go
when frost that starts at night
melts when the sun rises

© Xenia Tran

dunes and marram grass with the sea beyond under a blue sky

The halo around the sun in the header image was caused by ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

We will be back tomorrow with a special Review of the Year as we are preparing our countdown to 2022.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #51

PI Poetry Prompt: Start

Word of the Day Challenge: Countdown

Wordless Wednesday: Frozen Sands

two whippets in winter jackets walking on frozen sand in the dunes
entangled frozen kelp and bladderwrack on the beach

Thank you again for your good wishes before we went on our short blogging break.

We hope you had a good week too and wish you a wonderful Wednesday!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Haiku: Graded Layers

two whippets in black jackets walking past WWII defences sunk into the sand

aged defences –
their shadows mingle
with our own

© Xenia Tran

close up of local stone from a WWII defence that has sunk into the sand

Wishing you all a happy Monday and blessed new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Age

Word of the Day Challenge: Grade

Tanka: Where the Heart Is

two whippets in the dunes

passing clouds
our hearts still walk
on the sunny side
collecting light and sharing it
wherever it is needed

© Xenia Tran

dunes with marram grass and pine trees overlooking the Moray Firth

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.

Tanka Thursday: Heart

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Reachable, Linkage)

Tanka: White Campion

tidal river
the sand in the dunes
deep and soft
where pilgrims made pledges
white campion blooms

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Soft

Word of the Day Challene: Wondrous

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in August (Flexuous, Astonishing)

Puente Poetry: All About the Light

a storm is silently approaching
where the crows whirl in the sky
an old man smiles behind his gate,
points across the bay and says

~ it is all about the light ~

and we love to run towards it
even on the darkest, wettest days
there are cracks in passing clouds
where smaller rays can shine

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Gate

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Haiku: Waves of Grass

summer breeze
the grass waves at anyone
who passes

© Xenia Tran

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.

CMMC: August – Pick a Topic from my Photo (Sand)

Word of the Day Challenge: Gracious