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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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Collection

 

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.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #68: First Raven

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #235

 

We are delighted that you can now download ‘Sharing Our Horizon’ from Apple Books too.

 

2018: Reflections through the Seasons

 

 

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

 

 

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

 

 

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

 

 

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #25: Reflections

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Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cold and Warm

 

Haibun: Carried by Waves

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing leaves and driftwood on the beach

 

The opposite shore is wrapped in morning mist, the snow-capped peaks invisible. Driftwood lies scattered on the sands. Here and there, a trunk rests upright. We greet red noses, wind-swept faces. Our eyes begin to water from the icy breeze.

leaves and trees
carried by the waves
winter mountains

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking across the beach towards the sea

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket in the foreground and a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing the sands beside a driftwood tree on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #64: Winter Mountains

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in December Y3 – Maroon

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #234

 

Haibun: Feeling is Believing

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When I fly across the lagoon my front paws curl towards my heart. My thoughts settle in a place deep inside. The only thing that exists, is this moment.

a leap of faith
across the tidal waters
solid ground

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

Time slows down, suspended in mid-air. It feels easy to adjust, find your balance. All you have to do, is believe.

a still mind
where guidance can find you
to give you wings

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When you reach the other side, stretch out and prepare for landing. The sand will be soft, time becomes real again.

mid-gallop
alive to everything
winter’s breath

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket landing on the sand across a tidal lagoon

With love from Eivor  xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Challenge

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Connect

 

Haibun: A Safe Landing

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking across seaweed covered stones beside a tidal pool

 

The journey from breeder to buyer, from buyer to shelter and from shelter to a forever home can be measured in time, in geographical distance. The inner journey is often different, when the world you once knew is turned upside down.

Nature is a great healer. The soothing sound of the sea, the call of a gull, the deep silence in rock pools. Green seaweed glistening in the sun gives comforting smells, a new sense of home and belonging. Our roots grow deeper. Our love grows deeper still.

beaver moon
another leap forward
this journey

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket leaping across a rock pool at low tide

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket landing on the sand after leaping across a rock pool at low tide

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, 1/2000 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1600 s, ISO 160.

 

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Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran (@WhippetHaiku) ~ A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets #Photography #Poetry

A very big thank you from Eivor, Pearl and myself to Cathy Ryan at ‘Between the Lines – Books ‘N’ Stuff‘ for her beautiful review of our book:

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

I enjoy the poetry, prose and photographs to be found on Xenia’s blog, Whippet Wisdom, very much. Xenia has put together a wonderful selection of her work in her debut release, Sharing Our Horizon.

If you’re a dog and/or nature lover this could be a book for you or a lovely gift for someone you know, and at the same time you’d be helping rescue centres care for and rehome abandoned and abused animals, with 60% of the proceeds going to animal charities. Inside Sharing Our Horizons there are  a collection of beautiful photographs and poems, stunning scenery and two gorgeous rescue whippets having fun and enjoying life in the Scottish Highlands. Beaches, glens, forests, sea views and mountains—this book has them all, the photographs complimented by wonderful tanka, haiku and haibun (and vice versa). Here’s one of my favourite verses…

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