Haiku: Hazy Blue

close up head shot of a black whippet on the beach

enlightenment
the hazy blue mountains
our loving guide

© Xenia Tran

seaweed stones on tidal sands, blue mountains across the water

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1746: Shikoku Island … The Path of Enlightenment

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fuzzy

Your Daily Word Prompt: Fundamental

Haibun: A New Focus

a part focused shot of a black whippet's face between bent grass

Behind the scenes our companion has been doing deep work and research into her family trees. She was already familiar with the Swiss and Frisian connections. Now she’s discovered a line that goes back to sixteenth century Flemish and Dutch roots, to people who settled on land that used to be sea. Looking at images of their West Coast we see the same waters, a spiritual connection through landscape and time.

deep within
this longing to be by the sea
the same sky

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet standing between bent grass in the dunes, looking out over the sea

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.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus

Your Daily Word Prompt: Research

Haiku: Seasons Turning

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet running between heather and pine

a few steps
between heather and gold
seasons turning

© Xenia Tran

blooming heather in the foreground beside a pine forest

Wishing you all a beautiful 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, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fall

Twiglet #142: with few steps

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sincere

Wordless Wednesday: All in the Timing

a smiling blue and white whippet chasing a ball on the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet with a pink ball in her mouth

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Timing is Everything

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Overhead

Wordless Wednesday: Oh So Fresh

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

water cascading down the side of Knockan Crag
a black whippet sniffing the grass and a smiling blue whippet walking down the trail beside him

We’re very grateful to enjoy this freshness after the rain and relive some of these lovely moments.

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 160, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rectangles

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nostalgia

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sublimity

Haibun: Deep Time

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet at Knockan Crag on the trail beside the sculpture of a female geologist

The grass-covered roof of the Rock Room blends in with the ferns and heather of the hillside. Inside are display boards in English and Gaelic, explaining how parts of the earth’s crust have travelled long distances. The older mylonites on display at Knockan Crag had been forced up against and over the later Cambrian layer.

There’s a sculpture of two geologists, Ben Peach and John Horne, to celebrate these findings. Today the grass is growing around Horne’s feet, some of the seeds tickle his knees. The sun feels extra warm after the morning’s showers.

deep time
so many treasures
breathing the same air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing the ground by the sculpture of Peach and Horne at Knockan Crag

You can find more photographs with a triple haibun about this beautiful nature reserve in Moving Earth and a few photographs taken from inside the Rock Room in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a happy weekend ahead,

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sculpture

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Unexpected

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Celebrate

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #247

Haibun: Raspberry Blues

a blue and white whippet standing on her hind legs and peering over the heather

It’s quiet in the car park and the temperature is perfect for climbing up the crag. Winding our way through the trees, we’re welcomed by subtle scents of Summer greens and flowering heather. Squirrels are feeding on pine, hawks are gliding overhead. Soon we’ll bring a basket, pick our fruit again.

raspberry blues
all grandma’s singing
to help them grow

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet on a hill trail

We’re delighted that the above haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: First Raspberry, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 17 July 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this lovely collection together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

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.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hill

Nurturing Thursday: Positivity

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elaborate

Your Daily Word Prompt: Scribble