Haibun: Shifting Sands

a black whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach

The rafters are rattling as Storm Gareth sweeps by. The temperature has dropped again, the winter coats are on. The dunes look different. We can see roots of grass, seaweed in unfamiliar places.

a new trail
each curve and contour
sculpted by the waves

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach
a blue and white whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach

We hope everyone in Storm Gareth’s path stays safe and dry.

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/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Bathing in Light

 

Portrait of a mature black whippet lit by the sun on the beach

 

We’re on our way again. On our way to new discoveries, new dreams. The sun warms the sea after a cold night. Mist rises, a haze of blue. A haze of peace over a calm sea. That’s how we’d love the world to be.

floating gulls
together we find ourselves
bathing in light

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a purple harness sniffing a white feather on tidal sands

 

seagulls bobbing on a calm sea with blue hazy mountains in the background

We wish you all a very peaceful 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 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Mountain Layers

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket climbing a mountain with snow fields in the background

 

We tiptoe through layers of grass, brown heather and stone. The mountain’s steady pulse becomes our anchor with the wind whirling around her boulders. We can rest here. We can sip from the rising spring.

sunlight swims
between the melting snow fields
this wildness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets climbing a mountain trail

 

landscape shot of a mountain trail leading towards a corrie with snow fields near the peaks

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

 

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Haibun: Before Spring

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket striding out along the beach

 

Big waves bring driftwood trees, the wind covers them with sand. Some branches and root balls reach for the sky, casting a filigree of shadows. Hovering on salty air, gulls survey a new landscape.

melting snow
earth re-arranges herself
before spring

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket approaching a partially covered driftwood tree on the beach

 

driftwood and root balls, partially covered by sand on the beach and one driftwood tree planted upright

The weather has been wild here during Storm Erik and we hope everyone in his path is safe and well.

Wishing 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/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Winter Comfort

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket looking over his left shoulder on a winter forest trail

 

The air is crisp and cools down as the sun slides around the mountains. The faint smell of wood smoke mingles with pine and brown leaves. It’s time to head out of the forest, before the light goes.

after the walk
grandma’s bean soup
the first star

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera and a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing 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 – 1/80 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

 

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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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Haibun: Two Ravens

 

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

 

Our Winter is still relatively mild. The roads are open, snow gates are hooked to the side. This means we can travel. We can travel back to the forests we fell in love with this Summer. The forests that brought us coolness and shade now bring us shelter from the wind. We hear a slight movement in the trees, catch the glimmer in a shimmering eye. Wrapped in mist between the trees it feels like coming home again.

into the woods
with light on their wings
two ravens

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket pausing on a forest trail

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket pausing on a forest trail

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/3.5, 1/80 s, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/30 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/25 s, ISO 200.

 

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