Tanka: A Wonderful Life

 

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we find a friend
through this wonderful life
in nature’s magic
the warm light of the dawn
in vibrant winter skies

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet with a pink ball and a black whippet with a green ball running on the beach in wintercoats

 

beach at low tide with a small pier and lighthouse at low tide on a sunny Winter morning

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry inspired by the song ‘Wonderful Life’ by Colin Vearncombe (aka Black).

Colin passed away surrounded by his family just under a year ago and this post is also a tribute to him and his music. Below is a video clip of him performing the song he became most famous for:

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160.

 

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black whippet in winter coat walking through thin ice to retrieve a green ball resting on the ice

 

a black whippet in a wintercoat in an iced lagoon with a green ball resting on the ice

 

black whippet in winter coat retrieving a green ball from the iced lagoon

 

black whippet in winter coat retrieving a green ball from the iced lagoon and a blue whippet in a wintercoat with a pink ball on the tidal sand

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 160.

 

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Tanka: New Year’s Treat

 

black whippet in winter coat in the morning sun on the beach at low tide

 

we may never know
who paints the colours in the sky
so beautiful
this year already grows
her wings of magic

© Xenia Tran

 

clouds and blue sky in winter by the Old Bar at low tide with a blue whippet chasing a pink ball

 

clouds and blue sky in winter by the Old Bar at low tide

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 160, f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

Daily Prompt: Treat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter ‘T’

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Haibun: Second Chance

 

Forest trail near mountains covered in snow under a grey sky

 

Behind grey prison walls an inmate learns to readjust, to love, to take responsibility at crunch time. He repairs their fractured trust, provides new skills for life and helps retired greyhounds stride into a better future.

imagination
flying above the snows
a robin sings

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet and a blue whippet in winter coats running on a snow covered forest trail

Many racing greyhounds have only been taught how to race and require rehabilitation and training to help them adapt to a new life as pets. Some ex-racers are rehomed straight from the track with experienced sighhound owners who are happy to do the rehabilitation themselves. Others go into foster care before they are ready for rehoming and some go into prison programmes where carefully selected inmates are trained as dog handlers. The inmates devote all their time to the rehabilitation of the hounds and are making a positive contribution to the dogs’ lives as well as to the wider community where the dogs are ultimately rehomed.

The Greyhound Inmate Experience is one of these programmes and you can visit their website if you are interested in adopting or wish to browse through their photo gallery and read some of the inmates’ letters. The stories of transformation and redemption are very inspiring and a great example of what can be achieved with a positive vision.

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

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Tanka: Acceptance

 

black and blue whippets in winter coats on snow covered forest trail

 

in dappled light
winter comes of age
snow deepens
her laughter lines in branches
her spirit in your eyes

© Xenia Tran

 

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With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/4, 1/125 s, ISO – 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO – 160.

 

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Tanka: Counting Blessings

 

two whippets in winter jumpers running through deep sand

 

seagulls look bemused
when we fly through deep sand
inspired by stars
we rise in the mornings
count our blessings while we sleep

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jumpers asleep in their dog bed

With love and Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends who are celebrating today from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: Action, 1/800 s, ISO – 100 and Portrait, 1/15 s, ISO – 400.

 

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Haiku: Cosmic Flow

 

blue whippet in winter coat on pebbled shore at high tide

 

north wind
a wolf still trusts the moon
to move the sea

© Xenia Tran

 

pebbled shore at high tide with rolling waves and blue sky

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: Action, 1/600 s and Landscape, 1/400 s, ISO – 100.

 

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