Haibun: Nature’s Layers

Cove Bay

two whippets exploring the tidal sands and rocks beside a large wall of a cliff

Cross bedding and layers of rock show us how much the climate here has changed. Permian sandstone tells us this area was once a hot and arid desert.

With gorse and heather growing along the top, sea pinks flowering in the cracks and a haven for nesting sea birds, part of these rocks are now underwater at high tide. With one sniff and a good climb along the walls, Eivor and Pearl quickly make sense of it all.

coves and caves
all that sings on the page
lotus flowers

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands in front of seaweed covered stones

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our recent posts Origins, Cove Bay and Rock Around a Cove.

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

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a black whippet on tidal sands beside the rocks

these rocks
carved by ice and wind
what a blessing
seeing this with our own eyes
breathing the sea air

© Xenia Tran

an inquisitive blue and white whippet peering over a wall of coastal stones and rock left dry 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Cove Bay

a black whippet sniffing green seaweed on the stones beside a cove

The cove feels other-worldly without the waves rolling in and soothing her rough arches. Barnacles around the base begin to pale in the fresh air. Between seaweed-covered stones, another day passes.

heather and sea pinks
sunlight draws her colours
around the rocks

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping off seaweed covered stones beside a cove

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Origins, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Radiance

two whippets running side by side on a forest trail in dappled light

this stillness
in radiant light she gallops
summer’s day

© Xenia Tran

two whippets with silky coats disappearing down a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

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a blue and white whippet walking on a forest trail with moss and grass

this trail
woven by wind and droplets
shimmering leaves

© Xenia Tran

young birch trees growing from rocks and upturned root balls in the forest

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/60 s -ISO 200.

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Raven’s Rock Gorge

a black whippet climbing up a bank in the gorge beside an ancient pine

The trees speak of landslips, the earth falling down on boardwalks that wandered through the gorge beside the glistening water. It’s been a few years that the man-made trail was covered by nature’s own connections. The new found silence tells us, this is a more peaceful way.

green grace
an ancient pine towers
for the ravens

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the ground on a forest trail
two whippets on a forest trail beside the large curving trunk of an ancient pine tree

Wishing you all 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 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Nature’s Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the bark of a pine tree on a forest trail

We’re walking through the forest at Easter, the sun is bright and warm. It’s the warmest Easter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands. Eivor walks beside us, touching my hand with his nose to let us know. To let us know, how good it feels to be here.

Pearl walks slightly ahead of us, sniffing the bark of a pine, touching a twig or leaf. Prints from paw and foot weave on behind us. Our eyes follow the movements between the trees across the water, where pairs of geese go quietly.

nature’s spirit
stars flicker through the temple
of this world

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness beside a pine tree on a forest trail
two pairs of geese swimming across a lochan surrounded by trees and reeds

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday and a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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