Puente Poetry: Soul to Soul

close up of a mature black whippet in a rain coat looking up

as rain gently falls I slip
on wet roots without falling
when the dogs’ faces turn
to look straight into my soul

~ our eyes meet in the same place ~

as a pact we once made
long before this life
to be there for each other
on this mountain trail, in the rain

© Xenia Tran

Loch Affric in the autumn rain

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Soul

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #172: A Day of my Week

Tanka: Trees for Life

Glen Affric

a black whippet walking on a mountain trail by Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain

golden leaves
between future and past
a tranquil sea
where new forests grow
the tide is slowly turning

© Xenia Tran

Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain in autumn seen through gaps between pine and birch

It has been joy to return to this area that means so much to us and see the changing colours.

I have posted about conservation projects on this blog before and in August of this year we decided to get more actively involved and plant a grove with Trees for Life.

The Tranature Grove‘s trees are carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

You are more than welcome to add trees to the Tranature Grove to celebrate a milestone or special occasion or in someone’s memory. You may want to start your own grove here in the Highlands or support a conservation project near where you live.

Together we can all do our bit.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: October Alphabet with Q or U in the Word

Dawn’s Festival of Leaves

Wordless Wednesday: Mild Autumn Days

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a black and white whippet walking down steps on a mountain trail
view from the hillside across Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain

We’re still enjoying mild and pleasant weather this month with the blue sky appearing between scattered showers.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Pleasing

CFFC: Candid

Haiku: Autumn Sun

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet walking down stone steps on a mountain trail

mountain steps
in all our wanderings
autumn sun

© Xenia Tran

Glen Affric in autumn, looking west

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: Pick a Topic from my Photo (Autumn Leaves, Green, Purple)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Euphoria

Haiku: Pilgrim’s Way

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a blue and white whippet climbing stone steps to a mountain view point

pilgrim’s way
a glimpse of light to see
what we pray for

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain in autumn

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Current

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word October 2021 (Sky High, Sanctuary)

Wordless Wednesday: Alt na Bodachan

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing the bluebells in front of a cascading burn
a black whippet in a black jacket looking over his right shoulder in front of a cascading burn, a blue and white whippet sniffing bluebells in the background
cascading waters of Alt na Bodachan in Glen Affric in Spring

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Splash

Haibun: A View from Above

Glen Affric

a black whippet in a black jacket walking on a forest trail with spring grass and heather

The trail climbs between birch and Douglas fir. Protected from the breeze it carries us higher and higher. We hear water gushing below, the sound of insects humming.

wrapped around
these hills and glens
the hearts of many

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets sniffing the spring grass along a woodland trail

We stop to sniff the grass. Our companion finds the courage to walk onto a wooden platform and gaze over the cascading falls of Abhainn Deabhag.

in the bends
a burn and river meet
their own universe

© Xenia Tran

water falls and cascades, pine trees and rock where the Abhainn Deabhag joins Alt na Bodachan

You can see images of the viewing platform in our post Plodda Falls on our sister blog Tranature. It is a real treat to walk here.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Luxury

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Courage

Wordless Wednesday: Grateful

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets walking on a forest trail with spring greens
a black whippet turning on a forest trail and a blue and white whippet walking towards the camera, both wearing black jackets
a cascading stream beside a forest trail with young green leaves on the birch trees

We are eternally grateful for all the beauty and bliss that nature brings us.

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 and f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grateful

Haibun: Trees Newly Green

Glen Affric

close up profile shot of a blue and white whippet with a pink and white collar and black jacket in the forest

We’re seeking shelter in our forest from Baltic wind and forecast snow. The temperature has tumbled far since Easter. The sun is bright, dappling through Douglas Fir on browns of fern and last year’s flowers.

living light
green flows into leaves
of new tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

a forest trail with Douglas fir and silver birch trees, heather and ferns in spring

Despite the drop in temperature the leaves are turning green before our eyes. We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #84: Trees Newly Green (shinju)

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #44: Harmony