Tanka: Wings of a Cormorant

a black whippet in a black jacket carrying a yellow ball on the beach

birds on a rock
dogs returning yellow balls
over and over
it’s easy to disappear
in the magic of it all

© Xenia Tran

two cormorants on a rock in the sea with a flock of seagulls

Wishing you a peaceful Tuesday and may you all stay safe.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

Twiglet #177: A Vacant Nest

Word of the Day Challenge: Understated

EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today and will post the other three on our sister blog Tranature on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

simple kindness
how the nurse helps her
to walk again

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a blue and white whippet with a pink collar

adjusting pillows
before the night spreads
his final round

© Xenia Tran

a ginger and white cat sitting upright on a sofa

back from the shelter
she names her new cat
after the nurse

© Xenia Tran

The cat in the photograph is Christy. We adopted him from a feline rescue organisation in 1992 when he was believed to be nine years old. He lived with us for another ten years and we were very grateful for all the time we had together.

If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog from a shelter, please consider adopting a senior. They can have the most amazing personalities and are a true joy to have around.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download here. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the Haiku Foundation for putting this edition together.

We wish you all very happy Monday and may you be safe and well,

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Animals

Discover Prompt #14: Book

Discover Prompt #19: Three

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Tanka: Precious Places

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing washed up driftwood

slowing down
the smell of driftwood
ignites a fire
anchoring the memories
a special place we love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking in front of a line of driftwood

These photographs were taken on the shores of Loch Laggan in February 2020 before the current travel restrictions were in place.

You can see more images from this walk in our February posts Wings of Snow, Still Mind, Big World and Love at First Sight.

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week and may you all stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel

Discover Prompt #16: Slow

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ignite

Word of the Day Challenge: Precious

Tanka: Holding Light

a blue and white whippet walking through a tidal lagoon

holding light
the way it happens
when a heart opens
in this new, quiet landscape
where angels can be heard

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking away from a tidal lagoon

We are staying positive for the dogs and they are a great help in filling us with hope for the future.

We hope you all stay well and healthy and wish you a peaceful Thursday and a beautiful 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hope

Twiglet #170: Holding Light

Discover-Prompt #2: Open

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

Worthy Wednesday: Spreading the Light

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail with snow and pine
snow covered mountains under a bright sun and sky

It is heart-warming to see many people spreading the light at a time when it is much needed.

Football games are currently on hold in Scotland and Nairn County Football Club published the following statement on their website:

With regards to our fans and the community as a whole. Well we are not playing football for the foreseeable future, so if we can help on a Saturday with anyone in self isolation, be it picking up your shopping, getting your prescription to you or even just walking the dog, drop us a message or give us a call and we will sort something out for you.

Nobody knows how long this virus will be with us, it could be a long haul, but we want you to know that your Club is with you. You have supported us, now its our turn to do the same for you.

Ian Finlayson, Secretary, Nairn County FC

A very big thank you to all the people who are working tirelessly to keep everything moving forward.

If you have a positive story to share, please let us know in the comments and help spread a little more light.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spread

Wordless Wednesday: Waves of Gratitude

a smiling blue and white whippet with a ball on the beach, wearing a winter jacket
close up of a smiling blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running with a ball on the beach

We received this lovely message from WordPress last night:

wordpress logo

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

We want to say a very big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends.

Our blog is a special place where we focus on the light in this world and your comments and inspiration are making this part of our creative journey a true pleasure.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sunshine

Your Daily Word Prompt: Crew

Wordless Wednesday: Making a Splash

a blue and white whippet walking through a lagoon with a pink ball
a blue and white whippet walking through a lagoon with a pink ball

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #14

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Action

Haiku: Unconditional Love

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

resting here
leaves and moss themselves
are love

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

Wishing you all a peaceful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

Carpe Diem #1806: Unconditional Love

Your Daily Word Prompt: Revelation

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

Haiku: Wind of Ice

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the shore of Loch Morlich

wind of ice
the hoot of an owl echoes
down the well

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets beside pine trees on the loch shore

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trees

Twiglet #160: Down a Well