Haiku: Ripples in the Sand

two whippets on tidal sands with lunate ripples and tidal pools

ebb tide beauty
invisible dancers
ripple the sand

© Xenia Tran

a tidal lagoon sweeping towards the sea between sandbars

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #104: Summer

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #313: Dwindle & Ripple (Ebb & Ripple)

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.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #106: Drum

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #310: Share & Voice

Tanka: Misted Mirror

two whippets walking on tidal sands in the mist

through a gap
between half-buried rocks
seaweed nods
towards the misted mirror
where memories sweep past

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands and outcrops in the mist

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #309: Break & Glass (Gap & Mirror)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinction

Word of the Day Challenge: Honor

Tanka: Scintillating Sea

a blue and white whippet sniffing seaweed along the shoreline

soothing waves –
rocks feel steady in wet sand
full of energy
we thank the glittering sea
for brighter new beginnings

© Xenia Tran

iew across Moray Firth with outcrops and narrow beach in the foreground.

Wishing you all a beautiful Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

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 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #95: All Wet

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #304: Might & Tight (Energy & Steady)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Twinkle

Haiku: Team Work

two whippets in winter jackets digging and sniffing on the beach

sticking together
the dogs’ bond a gift
to listen for

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets walking away from the beach towards the dunes

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

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.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Working Together

Discover Prompt #27: Team

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #303: Stick & Trick (Stick & Gift)

Haiku: Spirit Mountain

two whippets running on a sandbar in the spring sun

far yet near
snow still dazzles on
our spirit mountain

© Xenia Tran

Moray Firth and snow capped peaks across the water

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and hope you are safe and well,

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 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #90: Distance

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #299: Bright & Fight (Dazzle & Spirit)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Slick

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.

Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite Places

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #298: Bay & Play (Firth & Motion)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Swamped

Haiku: Parting the Mist

a black whippet in a winter jacket running through mist on the beach

earthly goodness
with a softly beaming heart
parting the mist

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket leaping forward on the beach

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful 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 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #284: Wicked & Mundane (good & earthly)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Mix

Haiku: All Quiet

two whippets sniffing a driftwood tree on the beach

so free
the gentle ways of nature
restoring herself

© Xenia Tran

seagulls bobbing in the tidal lagoon, others sunning on the sandbar

Wishing you all a peaceful Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1-1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Peace

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #283: Placid & Wild

Your Daily Word Prompt: Quiet

Tanka: Calm Returning

Loch Migdale

two whippets in black jackets along the shore of Loch Migdale in autumn

autumn stirs
leaves rustle in the crowns
above the glen
the sun sees off the clouds
her warmth a calm returning

© Xenia Tran

Loch Migdale in autumn, soft ripples on the water

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: Calm

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #280: Valley & Peak

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stir