Haibun: Raspberry Blues

a blue and white whippet standing on her hind legs and peering over the heather

It’s quiet in the car park and the temperature is perfect for climbing up the crag. Winding our way through the trees, we’re welcomed by subtle scents of Summer greens and flowering heather. Squirrels are feeding on pine, hawks are gliding overhead. Soon we’ll bring a basket, pick our fruit again.

raspberry blues
all grandma’s singing
to help them grow

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet on a hill trail

We’re delighted that the above haiku is featured in the Haiku Foundation’s ‘Haiku Dialogues’ this week. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this lovely collection together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

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.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hill

Nurturing Thursday: Positivity

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elaborate

Your Daily Word Prompt: Scribble

Haibun: Nature’s Layers

Cove Bay

two whippets exploring the tidal sands and rocks beside a large wall of a cliff

Cross bedding and layers of rock show us how much the climate here has changed. Permian sandstone tells us this area was once a hot and arid desert.

With gorse and heather growing along the top, sea pinks flowering in the cracks and a haven for nesting sea birds, part of these rocks are now underwater at high tide. With one sniff and a good climb along the walls, Eivor and Pearl quickly make sense of it all.

coves and caves
all that sings on the page
lotus flowers

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands in front of seaweed covered stones

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our recent posts Origins, Cove Bay and Rock Around a Cove.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

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 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #93: Lotus

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

Twiglet #134: An Empty Page

Haibun: Cove Bay

a black whippet sniffing green seaweed on the stones beside a cove

The cove feels other-worldly without the waves rolling in and soothing her rough arches. Barnacles around the base begin to pale in the fresh air. Between seaweed-covered stones, another day passes.

heather and sea pinks
sunlight draws her colours
around the rocks

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping off seaweed covered stones beside a cove

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Origins, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors

Twiglet #133: Rolling In It

Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Layers

Your Daily Word Prompt: Origin

Haibun: Summer Solstice

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet playing in a forest

The forest is quiet as we leap and skip past dips with sleeping water. Trees and sky reflect in puddles across the path. Writing here beside the window, I too reflect how far we’ve come. The long grass glitters in the light. Butterflies and hover flies are dancing. After a week of wind and rain, it’s good to be back in the warm again.

summer solstice
one half of the journey
still to come

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet playing in a forest

Wishing you all a very happy Midsummer and Summer Solstice if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, and a very happy Midwinter and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #90: Midsummer/Midwinter

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Pushing Forward

Haibun: Forest Rain

a black whippet running on a forest trail covered in autumn leaves with the trees in full green leaf

The beech tree’s green canopy spreads across the grey and blue of morning sky, exchanging glances with the younger ones. The carpet is still red and gold with memories of autumn. So many smells of old and new. We breathe in the past and exhale the present, before inhaling the present and exhaling the past again.

rain falls
a journey of its own
in the forest

© Xenia Tran

a blue whippet in a purple collar and harness sniffs the air in the forest

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/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #89: Extreme Haibun – Rain

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #50: Trees

Haibun: Natural Balance

Raven’s Rock Gorge

a black whippet climbing up a bank in the gorge beside an ancient pine

The trees speak of landslips, the earth falling down on boardwalks that wandered through the gorge beside the glistening water. It’s been a few years that the man-made trail was covered by nature’s own connections. The new found silence tells us, this is a more peaceful way.

green grace
an ancient pine towers
for the ravens

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the ground on a forest trail
two whippets on a forest trail beside the large curving trunk of an ancient pine tree

Wishing you all wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tower

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spark

Your Daily Prompt Word: Silence