Haibun: First Snow

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets climbing up a hill

The Cairngorms used to be called Am Monadh Ruadh or Russet Coloured Mountain Range. We love walking in the National Park out of season. The ancient pine are self-seeding and some of the trees are a thousand years old. The streams running from the hills are crystal clear. The water seems as pure today, as it has always been.

first snow
wandering across the hills
this morning

© Xenia Tran



snow on the mountain peaks, half-covered by cloud

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Beginnings

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets side by side on a forest hill

We walk on to a raised clearing in the forest where the light comes through. It is easy to see from here, how different trees relate to each other. The path of their voice flows through roots beneath our feet, through leafless branches. For anyone still enough to listen, a portal opens into this kinder world, this circle of giving and receiving.

light snow
on the higher ground
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets on a forest trail

We wish 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 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Moon Echoes

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

The beach is still covered in driftwood while the sea oozes calm. We come here again and again, for poems and photographs, playing ball and silver shimmies. Yet every day is different. The crispness of the air, the salt on our lips. There’s always a variation, a moment within us, born anew.

the circles in life
as round as December’s moon
echoes, echoes

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

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 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

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Between Heather and Grass: #Poems and #Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran @WhippetHaiku

Cathy Ryan shares a beautiful review of Between Heather and Grass on her blog today. Thank you so much Cathy, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! xxx

Author: Xenia Tran

Published: November 2019 by Holistic Linguistics

Category: Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Verse, Book Review

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Welcome to Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets, our beautiful, soulful sequel to Sharing Our Horizon and our second book for whippet lovers, dog lovers and lovers of nature. The book features poetry, breathtaking photographs of the Scottish Highlands, and our two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl. The majority of the poems are haiku, haibun and tanka, written in rhythm with the seasons. The poems and photographs illuminate each other and are both calming and inspiring, inviting you to dip into this collection many times over.

Between Heather and Grass is Xenia Tran’s second book of verse, complete with photographs of the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and not forgetting her two gorgeous rescue whippets. The complementary poetry and photos capture the majesty of…

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Haibun: First Advent

a blue and white whippet cantering on the beach with a pink ball

The retreating sea leaves seaweed glittering in the morning sun. Exposed rocks draped in green shelter us from the wind. Pearl spins around with a playful bark. I open my pocket and throw her the ball. She catches it mid-air, content in a steady canter.

first advent
how easy the sky
changes colour

© Xenia Tran

beach at low tide in the morning sun, heaps of seaweed in the foreground

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/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Weaving the Way

two whippets walking down a forest trail towards the camera

Thank you to the leaves, from lanterns in Spring, Summer greens and Autumn gold, scattered petals that feed the soil. You’ve brought us joy, you’ve brought us shade from the blazing sun, shelter from wind and rain. You clear the air we breathe, always giving and giving.

returning home
morning dew sparkles
weaving the way

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a hill trail

We wish you all a wonderful Thursday and to all our friends in the US who celebrate, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Into Peace

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach beside some driftwood

After a cold start the mist rolls back across the water. It’s been quite a night, according to the driftwood. The air seems innocent. In the midst of clouds we see glimpses of those who once walked here with us, their faces turning towards the light.

gentle surf
echoes of a moon passing
into peace

© Xenia Tran

white clouds above a bank of mist over a calm blue sea

Wishing you all a very peaceful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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