Haibun: Strengthening Connections

two whippets in winter jackets on tidal sands beside a rock

A music of wind and waves we would never have known weaves her magic through delicate times. An invisible urge helps us connect at a deeper level, with ourselves, our fellow humans, all living creatures.

slowing down
the earth can breathe again
listen, listen

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing a rock on the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

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 200 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Into the Pure Land

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running down a mountain trail

We’re climbing the trail where Winter still lives on the hillside. Snow laces between heather and grass, delightful in simple patterns. Every step brings a deeper awareness. An awareness of what matters most. Companionship, looking after one another, only ever taking what little is needed and giving plenty back. Walking here in the sun, it is love that anchors the way.

into the pure land
an immeasurable light
turning west

© Xenia Tran

mountain trail with snow patches to the left winding down towards a loch

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you 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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Shimmy on the Shore

a black whippet in a winter jacket leaping across the beach

The early morning breeze is invigorating, the surf behind us roars. Eivor and Pearl shimmy between scattered seaweed, branches peeled from drifting trees. Seagulls are feasting on crabs, before the curlew get here.

the camera clicks
a sea too wild for fishing
winter memories

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet in a winter jacket in full sprint on the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 -1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Tanka: Love at First Sight

Loch Laggan

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from the loch

one more glance
one more sip
drinking it all in
for love, for poetry
the landscape at first sight

© Xenia Tran

snow covered peaks above Loch Laggan, clouds reflected in the water

Wishing you all a very 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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Into the Future

two whippets in winter jackets at the edge of a forest opening onto marshes

There’s frost in the reeds this morning, a thin layer of ice on the puddles and ponds. The purity of the air brightens our eyes and fills our hearts with hope for the future.

winter marshes
a hawk sweeps and soft-shoes
onto a branch

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets looking to their left across the frozen marshes

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

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Tanka: Where Moss Flows

a black whippet in a winter jacket waiting at the corner of a rising forest trail

all is silent
where the dog pauses
eyes full of love
in the shadows of a rock
moss flows and flows

© Xenia Tran

a large rock above a forest trail with moss growing on top

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a great weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Beginnings

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets side by side on a forest hill

We walk on to a raised clearing in the forest where the light comes through. It is easy to see from here, how different trees relate to each other. The path of their voice flows through roots beneath our feet, through leafless branches. For anyone still enough to listen, a portal opens into this kinder world, this circle of giving and receiving.

light snow
on the higher ground
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets on a forest trail

We wish you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

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