Haiku: Seagull

a black whippet walking on tidal sands, watching the seagulls look for food in the shallows

soul of the sea
the sweetest movement
between her wings

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet looking kindly into the distance on the beach
a blue and white whippet leaping across the tidal sands, all four paws off the ground

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 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #254: Sweet & Heart

Your Daily Word Prompt: Empathy

Haibun: Hazy Morning

two whippets walking along the edge of a sand bar with a morning haze over the sea

The weather is turning warm again and the sandbar feels soft underneath. We walk here in quiet contemplation, leaving only foot prints before a line of surf waves them away.

calm sea
the blue haze wraps around
our new horizon

© Xenia Tran

the faint outline of blue mountains barely visible in the morning haze above the sea

We wish you all a calm and 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 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46: Delicate

Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Unlimited

Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt: Fortitude

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #243

Haibun: A View from Above

Glen Affric

a black whippet in a black jacket walking on a forest trail with spring grass and heather

The trail climbs between birch and Douglas fir. Protected from the breeze it carries us higher and higher. We hear water gushing below, the sound of insects humming.

wrapped around
these hills and glens
the hearts of many

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets sniffing the spring grass along a woodland trail

We stop to sniff the grass. Our companion finds the courage to walk onto a wooden platform and gaze over the cascading falls of Abhainn Deabhag.

in the bends
a burn and river meet
their own universe

© Xenia Tran

water falls and cascades, pine trees and rock where the Abhainn Deabhag joins Alt na Bodachan

You can see images of the viewing platform in our post Plodda Falls on our sister blog Tranature. It is a real treat to walk here.

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, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Luxury

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Courage

Haiku: Nature’s Voice

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with green heather and spring leaves

climbing this hill
the voice of the tumbling burn
a true companion

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking down onto a burn between the trees
the lower part of a water fall splashing into a burn with smaller cascades around it

(‘burn’ is a Scottish word for ‘stream’)

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/200 s ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 100.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinguish

Becca’s Nurturing Thursdays: Focus

Haibun: Parallels

Glen Affric

upturned tree roots in forest look like a figure in brown velvet walking, trompe l'oeil

The upturned roots look like a figure walking, cloaked in brown velvet from another time. A snail’s slick silver lines awaken our curiosity. We follow a ribbon of moonlight between lichen and moss.

an eagle calls
whose star greets the sky
in these moments

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black winter jackets sniffing the moss underneath a Douglas fir tree on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 250 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Mythical

dVerse Poets Quadrille #79: Up with Poems, People

Twiglet #125: A Snail’s Slick

Haibun: Trees Newly Green

Glen Affric

close up profile shot of a blue and white whippet with a pink and white collar and black jacket in the forest

We’re seeking shelter in our forest from Baltic wind and forecast snow. The temperature has tumbled far since Easter. The sun is bright, dappling through Douglas Fir on browns of fern and last year’s flowers.

living light
green flows into leaves
of new tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

a forest trail with Douglas fir and silver birch trees, heather and ferns in spring

Despite the drop in temperature the leaves are turning green before our eyes. 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/3.2 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #84: Trees Newly Green (shinju)

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #44: Harmony