Haiku: Team Work

two whippets in winter jackets digging and sniffing on the beach

sticking together
the dogs’ bond a gift
to listen for

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets walking away from the beach towards the dunes

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Working Together

Discover Prompt #27: Team

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #303: Stick & Trick (Stick & Gift)

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The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project.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:

Haiku: Simple Joys

two whippets in winter jackets running through a forest

simple joys
seeping into grass
the dog’s laughter

© Xenia Tran

a panned action shot of two whippets in winter jackets running side by side

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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 200, f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 -1/30 s – ISO 200.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys

Word of the Day Challenge: Nature

Villanelle: Where Seasons Meet

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket sniffing snow along a forest trail

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket turning back along a forest trail beside the pine trees and heather

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a river flowing beside a forest trail with overhanging pine trees

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket walking through a puddle of melted snow on a forest trail

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a blue whippet in a black jacket on her hind legs between the heather, watched by a black whippet in a black jacket from the forest trail

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

a black whippet in a black jacket walking towards a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

view across the heather and pine-clad hills towards the snow-capped mountains

This is our second contribution to this month’s Villanelle challenge at dVerse Poets. You can read our first contribution at A Voice that Knows and our third contribution Worth Waiting For has now been published on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the Villanelle:

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

dVerse Poets Forms for All: The Villanelle

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Perspicatious

Friendly Friday: Photo Walk

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks, Trails, Sidewalks

Silent Sunday: Inner Shimmer

a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and looking at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and smiling at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet in a black winter jacket walking on the beach and winking at a black whippet who walks towards her from the right of the image

Wishing you all a shimmering Sunday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Silent Sunday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Shimmer

Friendly Fridays: Story

Haiku: Sacred Path

a blue and white whippet, seen from behind, looking across a tidal lagoon and sand bar

turning point
the visible worlds
we share

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet spinning round towards the camera on the tidal sands

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Turning Point

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

Carpe Diem #1619: Kumano Kodo … Nakahechi Route

Wordless Wednesday: Dreamy Mountain

Cairngorms National Park

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet in black winter jackets on a mountain trail with views of Loch Morlich

 

a black whippet looking over his shoulder on a mountain trail and a blue whippet sniffing the heather

 

View over Loch Morlich with all the snow gone

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

The Snow Melts Somewhere Friendly Friday: Dreamy

 

Wordless Wednesday: Into the Wild

Achany Forest

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket on a forest trail

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets on a frosty forest trail with hills in the background

 

a frozen pond in Achany Forest with pine and fir trees in the foreground

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, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Friendly Friday: Stay in Your Comfort Zone

Sunday Stills: Unexpectedly Frozen