Haiku: When Days Grow Longer

 

close up of a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking through a tidal pool

 

across the sands
our worlds come closer
winter’s light

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets by a tidal lagoon

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets bending down by a tidal lagoon

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, 1/800, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1600 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #28: Curves

Carpe Diem #1581: Setsubun

 

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

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cold and Warm

 

Haiku: Winter Sun

 

black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking on a forest trail

 

leafless trees
the sun finds her way
to the water

© Xenia Tran

 

a burn flows between pine and leafless birch in dappled light

 

two whippets in maroon and grey winter jackets on a forest trail by the flowing burn

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #24: Seasonal

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #63: The Quest for a New Masterpiece – Winter

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Halcyon

 

Haiku: Best Friends

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket splashing through a tidal lagoon

 

with every step
fountains in the water
her best friend

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket splashing through a tidal lagoon towards a blue whippet in a winter jacket

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, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ripple

 

Mandalas of Joy

 

blue whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes with morning frost on bent grass

 

if I could paint joy
there’d be a lightness of brush
a palette of earth’s finest treasures
the colours would sing
inviting you in
to dance in a rhythm
of bliss beyond measure

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of melting frost on bent grass, with blurred mandalas in the background

We are overcome with joy and gratitude that after three years of campaigning, our local wildlife and award winning beaches will be safe from proposed ship-to-ship oil transfers. One leading academic described our home and breeding ground of bottlenose dolphins and other precious wildlife as ‘the least appropriate location on the whole coast of Europe to undertake this activity‘.

The entire campaign is a testament to what communities can do when they come together for the greater good, helped by environmental and wildlife conservation groups as well as local politicians.

I forgot to readjust the settings on my camera when taking the photograph of the melting frost on bent grass. It looks as if in that moment, the camera captured my feelings. To me, the mandalas dancing in the light represent happiness and all that is good in the world.

The source of the quote and more information about the campaign can be found on the Cromarty Rising website.

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, 1/1250 s, ISO 100.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is …

dVerse Poetics: Secret Ingredient

 

Haiku: Happiness

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth, blue mountains across the water

 

rising
with the sun
happiness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets playing on a sandbar on the Moray Firth, a golden glow from the rising sun across the water

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/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is …