Haibun: Nature’s Layers

Cove Bay

two whippets exploring the tidal sands and rocks beside a large wall of a cliff

Cross bedding and layers of rock show us how much the climate here has changed. Permian sandstone tells us this area was once a hot and arid desert.

With gorse and heather growing along the top, sea pinks flowering in the cracks and a haven for nesting sea birds, part of these rocks are now underwater at high tide. With one sniff and a good climb along the walls, Eivor and Pearl quickly make sense of it all.

coves and caves
all that sings on the page
lotus flowers

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands in front of seaweed covered stones

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our recent posts Origins, Cove Bay and Rock Around a Cove.

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

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a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness running on the beach

the sun’s rays
leaping across the sands
still smiling

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the beach

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 100.

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Haibun: Cove Bay

a black whippet sniffing green seaweed on the stones beside a cove

The cove feels other-worldly without the waves rolling in and soothing her rough arches. Barnacles around the base begin to pale in the fresh air. Between seaweed-covered stones, another day passes.

heather and sea pinks
sunlight draws her colours
around the rocks

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet leaping off seaweed covered stones beside a cove

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Origins, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Catching Footprints

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands, seaweed and rocks

sheer joy
catching your footprints
in the air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the tidal sands

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Radiance

two whippets running side by side on a forest trail in dappled light

this stillness
in radiant light she gallops
summer’s day

© Xenia Tran

two whippets with silky coats disappearing down a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Summer Solstice

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet playing in a forest

The forest is quiet as we leap and skip past dips with sleeping water. Trees and sky reflect in puddles across the path. Writing here beside the window, I too reflect how far we’ve come. The long grass glitters in the light. Butterflies and hover flies are dancing. After a week of wind and rain, it’s good to be back in the warm again.

summer solstice
one half of the journey
still to come

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet playing in a forest

Wishing you all a very happy Midsummer and Summer Solstice if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, and a very happy Midwinter and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

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