Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Celtic Heartbeat

a black whippet running on the beach beside a turquoise sea

Echoes of drums and fiddles float through an open window, a virtual ceilidh in full swing. Dogs run big circles on the beach beside the turquoise water. My mind drifts and settles. Becoming sand, becoming sea.

new ways
to share our voice
spring sunshine

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Final Journey

hazy morning on the Moray Firth, only the nearest mountains visible across the water

The mountains are almost as blue as sea and sky. A sun-lit cloud floats gently by before it slips away. The way some people do. Even when they touch the hearts of many.

final journey
the sound of clapping hands
trickles down the brae

© Xenia Tran

a white feather in the soil with some brown leaves and pine needles

This post is dedicated to Susan Hey (1979-2020) who lost her battle with cancer last week. She had devoted the last few years of her life to creating a lasting memorial and gift to our town, in memory of her son Hamish. Hamish died of cancer three years ago, at the age of eight.

Because of the covid-19 restrictions Susan’s funeral had to take place behind closed doors. Details of her final journey were released so that those of us who wanted to say goodbye were given the opportunity to do so whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Never Forgotten

a black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach with a yellow ball

Restrictions begin to ease. We can go out twice a day for sport or exercise, provided we stay local. The gorse is in bloom, glittering in warm yellows. The water is clear, the air still free of pollution. It is quite something, to see anyone here.

distant mountains
running like the wind
he smells the snow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting across the beach with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and a wonderful rest of the 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.

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Haibun: Looking Back

a blue and white whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Looking at the photographs from a beach walk in early March brings a smile to our faces. A young Labrador was photo-bombing along and deaf to his owner’s whistle.

Eivor and Pearl squeal with delight every time we pull into this car park . They teach us how exciting it is to see a familiar place with fresh eyes. Treasuring these moments, I often wish they last a little longer.

easter lilies
the white tail of a dog waving
at the flying sky

© Xenia Tran

head shot of a smiling blue and white whippet looking back and up

Whilst we’re in lockdown I’ll be posting a few images from walks taken earlier in the year whenever they fit in with a prompt or photo challenge.

The images above were taken on 1st March 2020. Little did we know then how much our lives would change.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and hope you stay safe and well.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Strengthening Connections

two whippets in winter jackets on tidal sands beside a rock

A music of wind and waves we would never have known weaves her magic through delicate times. An invisible urge helps us connect at a deeper level, with ourselves, our fellow humans, all living creatures.

slowing down
the earth can breathe again
listen, listen

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing a rock on the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Along the Firth

close up shot of a black whippet in a winter jacket on tidal sands

It has been a worrying weekend for many of us in the Highlands and other tourist destinations. Beauty spots in England, Wales and Scotland were swamped by visitors at a time when everyone has been asked to refrain from non-urgent travel.

This morning the caravan parks have closed and most people are returning home. They have better medical support there than they would have in remote parts of the country.

We can understand that people want to visit their favourite places. If we all work together to flatten the curve, this will soon be possible again.

along the firth
a flow of give and take
in motion

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing a large driftwood tree

Update: At 8.30 pm on 23rd March 2020 the UK Government ordered a lockdown in the interest of keeping everyone safe.

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a peaceful Monday and a beautiful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Into the Pure Land

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running down a mountain trail

We’re climbing the trail where Winter still lives on the hillside. Snow laces between heather and grass, delightful in simple patterns. Every step brings a deeper awareness. An awareness of what matters most. Companionship, looking after one another, only ever taking what little is needed and giving plenty back. Walking here in the sun, it is love that anchors the way.

into the pure land
an immeasurable light
turning west

© Xenia Tran

mountain trail with snow patches to the left winding down towards a loch

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Shimmy on the Shore

a black whippet in a winter jacket leaping across the beach

The early morning breeze is invigorating, the surf behind us roars. Eivor and Pearl shimmy between scattered seaweed, branches peeled from drifting trees. Seagulls are feasting on crabs, before the curlew get here.

the camera clicks
a sea too wild for fishing
winter memories

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet in a winter jacket in full sprint on the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 -1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Into the Future

two whippets in winter jackets at the edge of a forest opening onto marshes

There’s frost in the reeds this morning, a thin layer of ice on the puddles and ponds. The purity of the air brightens our eyes and fills our hearts with hope for the future.

winter marshes
a hawk sweeps and soft-shoes
onto a branch

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets looking to their left across the frozen marshes

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

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