Haiku: Dream World

Achany Forest

 

wooden sculpture of a hawk in Achany Forest

 

as if in a dream
connecting us all
nature’s love

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket beside a wooden hawk sculpture on a forest trail

 

a dreamy blurry image of two whippets in winter jackets on a frozen forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/200 s, ISO 100.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intimate

 

Wordless Wednesday: Into the Wild

Achany Forest

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket on a forest trail

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets on a frosty forest trail with hills in the background

 

a frozen pond in Achany Forest with pine and fir trees in the foreground

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Friendly Friday: Stay in Your Comfort Zone

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen

 

Haiku: After the Storm

Rosehall Forest

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets on a forest trail, looking to their left

 

fallen trees
finding their balance
after the storm

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket walking underneath a fallen pine tree straddling the trail

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket running along the forest trail beneath the fallen pine

Returning to Rosehall Forest after the gales we were surprised to see so many fallen trees perfectly balanced across the trail. In time the Forestry Commission will decide what will be done with them. The wood from windfall has been used for signage, seating, bridges and the building of the visitor log cabin, while other logs are left for moss and lichen to grow and form new wildlife habitats.

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday and a wonderful 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/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

 

Carpe Diem #1592: Storm

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Balance

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Challenge: Rose

 

Haibun: Winter Comfort

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket looking over his left shoulder on a winter forest trail

 

The air is crisp and cools down as the sun slides around the mountains. The faint smell of wood smoke mingles with pine and brown leaves. It’s time to head out of the forest, before the light goes.

after the walk
grandma’s bean soup
the first star

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera and a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the grass on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

 

Carpe Diem #1590: Bean Soup

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Contrasting Colours

 

A Walk in Rosehall Forest

 

 

On days with forecast showers we love to walk in the forests. To avoid the crowds in the National Park, we headed for Rosehall Forest in Sutherland. With a mixture of pine, spruce, firs and beech, there is always some tree-cover close by when we need it.

The log cabin that welcomes us by the car park was built by community volunteers. It has a few chairs and tables and information boards which tell you about the history of the forest. Since most of the nearby cafes are closed for Winter, this is a good spot for a picnic when it rains.

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a forest trail beside young trees and brown grass

 

A former deer park, Rosehall Forest is now owned by the forestry commission. Horse-drawn carriages used to travel along these wider tracks. Today the track is used as a logging road and part of a sustainable working forest.

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket running on a narrow forest trail

 

There are several narrow paths off the main track, which are great for whippet zoomies. You can walk in a loop or follow these paths deeper into one section of the forest and link up with other paths later. The suggested trails combine into a 9km/5.5 mile walk and you can extend this further if you want to.

 

view of a flowing stream from the forest trail above in Winter

 

The main path continues to climb and crosses a flowing burn with moss-covered banks. The sound of water tumbling over the stones follows us into the forest.

 

a sign with a poem about the otter on the bank of a flowing stream in Rosehall Forest

 

On the banks of the burn that flows through the forest we find a sign designed by pupils from the local primary school. It has a picture of an otter and a poem that reads:

I catch only a glimmer
as you shine and shimmer
for a second in the sunlit water
I wish I could dive and slide and play
and share your world for just one day

 

two whippets in black winter jackets walking side by side down a narrow forest trail

 

The paths between the trees are soft underfoot and very kind on the pads of dogs too. The banks on either side are covered in pale grass, moss and winter heather.

 

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At the highest point of the trail the light is bright, even in the drizzle. Green grass grows among the gold. Climbing over the brow we catch a glimpse of Strath Oykel.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket climbing onto a bank beside a forest trail

 

The forest is home to sika deer and other wildlife. Although Eivor is curious about deer, he won’t chase them. If you’re walking here with dogs with a strong instinct for hunting, this is a good place to keep them close or put them on the lead before descending back into the deeper forest.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket looking between the trees from a forest trail

 

The path winds further down to join the main path where we started our walk. Some of the mosses and lichens that grow on the lower ground are very similar to those found in the Celtic rainforests of the West.

 

close up shot of raindrops hanging of the branch of a fir tree

We hope you enjoyed our little stroll in the rain. There will be a few more images from the trail in tomorrow’s post Part of Our World.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Angle

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bank

 

Tanka: Moonlight Lingers

 

waterfall flowing over rocks, a face appears in the tumbling flow

 

winter moon
reflected in waterfalls
her spirit
familiar and soothing
beyond her sweep of sky

© Xenia Tran

 

action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running over a brow towards the camera, followed by a black whippet

 

action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running up a hill towards the camera, followed by a black whippet

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/30 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/100 s, ISO 200.

 

Carpe Diem #1580: Moonlight

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Partner

 

Haiku: Winter Dawn

 

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail, one sniffing the ground

 

among the gold
fresh grass grows
winter dawn

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket bending down on a forest trail to sniff some fresh grass

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets bending down side by side to sniff the grass on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/25 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/20 s, ISO 200.

 

Carpe Diem #1576: Dawn

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs