Tanka: One Ray of Light

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket on the loch shore

drizzle spills
from low clouds
it only takes
one ray of light to warm
this morning’s forest

© Xenia Tran

ripples and waves on the loch's surface and low cloud and mist surrounding the hills

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #156

Tanka: Sweet Music

a brindle whippet in a yellow and black jacket on a forest trail

sweet music
where rain drops meet the flow
of a woodland stream
the way two waters meet
within sight of a mountain

© Xenia Tran

rain falling on a mountain stream weaving through an autumnal forest

It is six months ago today when we first met Misty and set out on our journey together. And what a blessing she has been and continues to be.

We are very grateful that we found each other and wish you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week.

With love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #228: Diagonals

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #155

Tanka: Autumn Glories

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking between pine and birch trees in the forest

leafless birch
a sense of home folded
in dappled light
we look up at the trees
across the rippled water

© Xenia Tran

a puddle reflecting the sky and nearby shrubs on the beach

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Haiku: Sea Breeze

a brindle whippet in a warm jacket striding out across the beach

sea breeze
glittering through the trees
a new horizon

© Xenia Tran

a pale blue autumn sky above a sapphire sea

Wishing you all a happy Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US, and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #153

Puente Poetry: Well of Life

a smiling brindle whippet in a maroon jacket with a grey snood on a forest trail

here, in the forest
it is easy to feel at home dappled
with a sense of wonder

~ how rich life can be ~

when we drink from a well deep
within and believe when we see how
we are all part of nature

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a maroon jacket with a grey snood on a forest trail

Wishing you all a Happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Easy

Word of the Day Challenge: Believe

Tanka: Where we Belong

close up of a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket

waiting for the sun
to shine her radiant light
where we belong
hope breathes and warms
the autumn wind

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Wait

Word of the Day Challenge: Hope

Tanka: Autumn Dance

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking on the loch shore

autumn’s dance
clouds rise and rise
to reveal
ancient pine and golden birch
at the foot of each mountain

© Xenia Tran

low cloud hanging above the trees, obscuring the mountain

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #150

Haiku: Intricate Reflections

a brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

gentle rain
leaves and lichen glitter
in the day’s peace

© Xenia Tran

close up of pine needles and lichen on the forest floor

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #149 – Puddle Reflections

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intricate

Tanka: Catching the Light

a brindle whippet on a forest trail before it reaches a clearing

pebbles and cones
a brindle dog catches
the light
we marvel how one seed
can grow a whole new forest

© Xenia Tran

view from a forest trail across the hills and woods beyond

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Pebble

CMMC: October Pick a Topic from my Photo (dog, trail, grass, trees)

Haiku: Rising Sounds

Black Linn Falls

close up of a brindle whippet in a purple harness in the forest

rising skywards
what we sense and follow
the sound of water

© Xenia Tran

silky waterfalls in the river Braan

We are delighted that our haiku Eyes so Blue, first published in Presence #72, March 2022, has been included in the Dawn Returns, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2022. Warm thanks to John J Han for including my poem in this beautiful collection.

Dawn Returns Haiku Anthology

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #148