Haibun: Hazy Morning

two whippets walking along the edge of a sand bar with a morning haze over the sea

The weather is turning warm again and the sandbar feels soft underneath. We walk here in quiet contemplation, leaving only foot prints before a line of surf waves them away.

calm sea
the blue haze wraps around
our new horizon

© Xenia Tran

the faint outline of blue mountains barely visible in the morning haze above the sea

We wish you all a calm and 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

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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.

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Haibun: Parallels

Glen Affric

upturned tree roots in forest look like a figure in brown velvet walking, trompe l'oeil

The upturned roots look like a figure walking, cloaked in brown velvet from another time. A snail’s slick silver lines awaken our curiosity. We follow a ribbon of moonlight between lichen and moss.

an eagle calls
whose star greets the sky
in these moments

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black winter jackets sniffing the moss underneath a Douglas fir tree 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/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 250 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

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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.

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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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Haibun: My Friend, My Rock

a black whippet in a multi-coloured jumper sitting beside his bed on a red carpet floor

My friend, my rock. Many people feel this way about their dog, including many homeless people.

Last Friday was the funeral of a homeless man called Nick. A homeless man who loved to read books and could often be found in London’s Strand near the Adelphi Theatre, his trusted dog Scarper by his side. Scarper is one of many dogs receiving free veterinary care and support from a charity called Dogs On The Streets (DOTS). In addition to veterinary care DOTS provide collars and tags, toys, dog coats, blankets and food. They provide support for their human companions too and will take the dogs into temporary foster care at their sanctuary when their human needs hospital care or rehab treatment. Ultimately, they aim to help both the homeless person and their dog into permanent accommodation.

seeing
through rising and falling mist
the first swallow

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a multi-coloured jumper resting her chin on her pal, also wearing a multi-coloured jumper

As some of you may be aware, when Nick passed away on the street, his dog Scarper would not leave his side. It was through the DOTS tag on her collar that Nick’s identity could be established. She was taken into foster care and has now been re-homed with Nick’s family.

DOTS is one of the charities we support through Sharing Our Horizon. We believe in the work they do and the crucial role dogs play in the lives of homeless people. For most, these dogs are all they have. They spend 24 hours a day together and provide their dogs with the kind of companionship some dogs in big houses may never know.

People can end up living on the streets for all kinds of reasons, especially in light of the current welfare system. Many have turned down offers of accommodation when they’re not allowed to bring their dog with them. These people have no desire to abandon their best friend, their rock.

If you want to find out more about the work DOTS do, are interested in volunteering or want to support in other ways, please check out their website.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Pananonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/6 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/40 s – ISO 200.

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