Haibun: Into the Breeze

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket enjoying the breeze along the shingle shore

 

The weather changes daily. We celebrate the mild when it rains, the sun’s rays and clear blue skies on colder days. It’s the kindest Winter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands.

skipping the season
a pile of books waits
for snow to fall

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of a blue whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket running towards the camera

 

seals sleeping on a sandbar with oystercatchers and seagulls feeding along the shore

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/1600 s, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Winter Dawn

 

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail, one sniffing the ground

 

among the gold
fresh grass grows
winter dawn

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket bending down on a forest trail to sniff some fresh grass

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets bending down side by side to sniff the grass on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/25 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/20 s, ISO 200.

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

 

Tanka: Treasures

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket beside a large pine and a fallen tree

 

exploring
the wolf within
remembers
treasures of the forest
a winter in the wild

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets in the forest

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket sniffing the ground beneath ancient pine

We wish you all a very blessed and happy New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/80 s, ISO 125 and f/2.8, 1/60 s, ISO 125.

 

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Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Floor

 

2018: Reflections through the Seasons

 

 

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

 

 

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

 

 

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

 

 

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

 

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Haiku: A New Bridge

 

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket standing behind a signpost beside a wooden bridge across the burn, looking to her left

 

a new bridge
immersed in nature
water’s music

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket pausing behind a signpost beside a flowing stream

 

two whippets in maroon and grey winter jackets waiting behind a signpost beside a flowing stream

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/250 s, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/160 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Anticipation

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bridge

 

Haibun: Feeling is Believing

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When I fly across the lagoon my front paws curl towards my heart. My thoughts settle in a place deep inside. The only thing that exists, is this moment.

a leap of faith
across the tidal waters
solid ground

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

Time slows down, suspended in mid-air. It feels easy to adjust, find your balance. All you have to do, is believe.

a still mind
where guidance can find you
to give you wings

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When you reach the other side, stretch out and prepare for landing. The sand will be soft, time becomes real again.

mid-gallop
alive to everything
winter’s breath

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket landing on the sand across a tidal lagoon

With love from Eivor  xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Challenge

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Connect

 

Haiku: In the Moment

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket smiling on the shore at sunrise

 

being present
to watch the sunrise
a smiling dog

© Xenia Tran

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth

 

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 160 and f/4, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

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