Haibun: Celtic Heartbeat

a black whippet running on the beach beside a turquoise sea

Echoes of drums and fiddles float through an open window, a virtual ceilidh in full swing. Dogs run big circles on the beach beside the turquoise water. My mind drifts and settles. Becoming sand, becoming sea.

new ways
to share our voice
spring sunshine

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #106: Drum

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #310: Share & Voice

Haiku: Misty Rain

silhouette of a whippet by a rock on a misty beach

misty rain
we walk with you in spirit
even when unseen

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a man carrying a canoe in the mist

For more than fifty years I have taken part in peaceful demonstrations and art projects in support of equality and fair treatment of all. We have come a long way and still have further to travel to create a world where everyone feels welcome.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you stay safe and well,

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, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125 and f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #141: Justice

dVerse Poets Poetics: Rain

Haibun: Final Journey

hazy morning on the Moray Firth, only the nearest mountains visible across the water

The mountains are almost as blue as sea and sky. A sun-lit cloud floats gently by before it slips away. The way some people do. Even when they touch the hearts of many.

final journey
the sound of clapping hands
trickles down the brae

© Xenia Tran

a white feather in the soil with some brown leaves and pine needles

This post is dedicated to Susan Hey (1979-2020) who lost her battle with cancer last week. She had devoted the last few years of her life to creating a lasting memorial and gift to our town, in memory of her son Hamish. Hamish died of cancer three years ago, at the age of eight.

Because of the covid-19 restrictions Susan’s funeral had to take place behind closed doors. Details of her final journey were released so that those of us who wanted to say goodbye were given the opportunity to do so whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #105: Slip

Word of the Day Challenge: Respect

Tanka Prose: Pink Moon Rising

a whippet in a winter jacket running across the beach

Dewdrops glitter on freshened leaves, lemon sunlight touches the grass. Our hair grows long while the shops stay closed, nature breathes easy in the open.

one more run
on these wind-swept sands
a kind place
will stay with us
when the pink moon rises

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket standing on a wind-swept beach

Our thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones and our gratitude flows to all the health, care and supply workers who are holding everything together.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #101: What’s Neither Closed Nor Cancelled

Discover Prompt #2: Open

Twiglet #171: Lemon Sunlight

Word of the Day Prompt: Grace

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.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connect

dVerse Poets Quadrille #100: Abracadabra – Where’s My Magic Wand?

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Delicate

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.

Carpe Diem #1824: Yasaka-ji Temple

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Delightful

Your Daily Word Prompt: Anchor

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night 262

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.

Sunday Stills: Early to Rise

dVerse Quadrille #98: Peelings – Nothing More …

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Freestyle

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.

Carpe Diem #1813: Love at First Sight

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter ‘K’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Muse

dVerse Poets: Celebrating Open Link Night in San Diego

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #83: Future

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #125: Hawk

dVerse Poets Quadrille #97: Filling the Page

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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