Mandalas of Joy

 

blue whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes with morning frost on bent grass

 

if I could paint joy
there’d be a lightness of brush
a palette of earth’s finest treasures
the colours would sing
inviting you in
to dance in a rhythm
of bliss beyond measure

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of melting frost on bent grass, with blurred mandalas in the background

We are overcome with joy and gratitude that after three years of campaigning, our local wildlife and award winning beaches will be safe from proposed ship-to-ship oil transfers. One leading academic described our home and breeding ground of bottlenose dolphins and other precious wildlife as ‘the least appropriate location on the whole coast of Europe to undertake this activity‘.

The entire campaign is a testament to what communities can do when they come together for the greater good, helped by environmental and wildlife conservation groups as well as local politicians.

I forgot to readjust the settings on my camera when taking the photograph of the melting frost on bent grass. It looks as if in that moment, the camera captured my feelings. To me, the mandalas dancing in the light represent happiness and all that is good in the world.

The source of the quote and more information about the campaign can be found on the Cromarty Rising website.

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, 1/1250 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Reflections

Raven’s Rock Gorge

 

 

autumn leaves sparkling in the sun above the burn below the walls of the gorge

 

Shape shifting waters flow down Alt Mor, offering glimpses of animals who roamed here before the leaves changed their colours. We sense the presence of spirits, the wise glint in the eye of the birds that gave their name to the rock above the path. Between beech and Douglas firs, moss climbs towards heaven.

light shimmers
ever-changing patterns
follow the stream

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet standing in an autumnal forest, eyes and ears alert

 

close up of water tumbling over large stones in the burn, autumn colours reflected in the water make it look like gold

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/250 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/160 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: A Voice from the Unseen

 

Findhorn Bay at low tide with canoes and rowing boats resting on shingle

 

This place speaks of other times, a voice from the unseen. Long before fishermen’s cottages turned into holiday homes. It is still the same river that flows to sea past scattered stones, the sound of shingle. The people change, the houses change. The bay sleeps where it always has, between sheets of silt and honey-coloured grass.

ancient chant
an oystercatcher piping
above the waves

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet in black harness smiling and looking over his right shoulder among golden bent grass

 

two whippets walking through golden bent grass towards the shingle

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Waiting for Rain

Cairngorms National Park

 

blue whippet in purple harness by Lochan Deo

 

In early June clouds float across Lochan Deo, the water slightly receding after an un-seasonable warm week. Today, clouds only float in sky. The loch is dry, earth lies parched between stones, curved driftwood.

still waiting
the pine and heather
for rain to fall

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Deo in August without water

The top photograph was taken at the beginning of June (at the start of the heatwave) and the second photograph was taken last week. We have had a little rain since and are hoping for more.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 200.

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Tanka: A Voice across the Sea

 

a black whippet on sand and shingle looking at the water below

 

northern breeze
a spring in our step
after the heat
songs enter the water
filling our heart, the same sky

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet looking to her left across the water

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 and f/3.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem introduces us to ‘Joik’, the mystical song of the Sami people. I believe there is something at the heart of all traditional music that connects us to our roots and to where our spirits come from.

Below is the video clip that Kristjaan shared with us, a song called ‘Devieh’ performed live by Marja Mortensson:

 

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Tanka: The Sound of Silence

 

black whippet sniffing driftwood on the beach at Findhorn Bay

 

first sunrise
the voice of love recorded
in your heart
the beauty of hidden stars
within the sound of silence

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet looking over his right shoulder across the tidal pools and sand bars

 

Boats, some anchored and some moored at pontoons in Findhorn Bay

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

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When I saw the prompt at dVerse I immediately had to think of the adaptation by American band ‘Disturbed’ of the classic Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’.  Below is a video clip of their version, which inspired the tanka above. Hope you enjoy!

 

Haibun: Dragonfly Wood

Achany Forest

 

wooden sculpture of a dragonfly in Achany Forest

 

On this warm day we reach for cool among aspen, pine and beech – their new leaves unstitched in a season of moving. It is an easy switch from beach to forest, from play to sniffs.

artist trail
sculpted by nature, by hand
a dragonfly

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet on a forest trail in Achany Forest

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/3.4, 1/250 s, ISO 250.

 

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