Haiku: Wind of Ice

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the shore of Loch Morlich

wind of ice
the hoot of an owl echoes
down the well

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets beside pine trees on the loch shore

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 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trees

Twiglet #160: Down a Well

Wordless Wednesday: Windows of the Soul

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet on a mountain looking back at the camera
close up portrait of a black whippet with grey flecks of fur

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #79: A Window with a View

Tanka: Dreamy Winter

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail

lichen and trees
supporting each other
beside the stream
a dreamy winter greeting
the voices of the forest

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

We wish you all a very happy 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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #287: Brook & Moss

Word of the Day Challenge: Wisdom

2019: Favourite Moments Through the Seasons

As the year is winding down we look back at 2019 with a lot of gratitude. Nature, her rhythms and her beauty have been the star in our photographs and poems and we treasure every moment we can spend exploring the great outdoors.

We are grateful to all of you who come here to visit and walk along with us, for your lovely comments and all your support.

Here is one more celebration of the joy and peace that nature has brought this year, throughout the seasons.

WINTER

This has been the mildest Winter since we moved to the Highlands, with a few days in February reaching temperatures of 17C. Although we saw plenty of snow on the higher ground, we only had a light covering here on the coast.

Some of our most popular Winter posts were Two Ravens, Winter Mist, Bathing in Light, Colours of Joy and A Walk in Rosehall Forest.

Two Ravens, Winter Mist and Bathing in Light also feature in Between Heather and Grass, our second collection of photographs and poems published in aid of good causes.

SPRING

Spring was glorious this year. The snows from the higher ground had melted early and we had plenty of rain to nurture the soil. After the heatwave and forest fires of 2018 we were especially grateful to see so many buds and green leaves. We enjoyed forest walks, strolls and zoomies on the beaches and explored a few glens further North.

Our most popular Spring posts were My Friend, My Rock, Nature’s Spirit, Song of Sika, Passing Spring and This World we Sail in.

The haiku from My Friend, My Rock (The First Swallow) and edited versions of the other four poems mentioned above all feature in Between Heather and Grass.

SUMMER

Summer was as pleasant as Spring with plenty of rain to keep it lush and green. The temperatures never exceeded 24C, which made it perfect for walking and exploring and gave us some wonderful days in the West.

Our most popular Summer posts were Quiet Beauty, In Praise of Trees, Songs in the Grass, A Special Encounter and Radiance.

Edited versions of Quiet Beauty, A Special Encounter and Radiance feature in Between Heather and Grass.

AUTUMN

Our Autumn was relatively dry and mild, perfect for more walks and exploring a few new places. Between Heather and Grass was published, which has been a true labour of love. After the whirlwind that followed our walks in nature offered an important breathing space.

Our most popular Autumn posts were Morning Glow, Beaver Moon, Heron in the Wood, Cover Reveal and Across a Carpet of Leaves.

We want to say a very big thank you to all of you who take the time to visit and comment on our blog and to those of you who share your experiences through your own posts, photographs and poems. You are all an enormous inspiration and help make this world a better place.

Thank you to those of you who have bought our books and shared your reviews. It is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing our support for good causes.

A very big thank you too to all the lovely bloggers who host regular prompts and challenges. With so many photographs and impressions to chose from it’s a great help in finding a focus or different angle from which to approach a subject.

We look forward to what 2020 holds in store and wish you all a great start to the New Year. May this new decade bring new understanding and greater care for animals and our natural world, with increased compassion and peace among human beings.

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

You can see the 2019 highlights from our sister blog Tranature in Looking Back at 2019 – Thank you for the Magic.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #77: Your Favorite Photos of 2019

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Retrospective

Wordless Wednesday: Smooth River Stones

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the shingle and driftwood below the dunes
a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the shingle and driftwood below the dunes

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #76: On Display

Haibun: First Advent

a blue and white whippet cantering on the beach with a pink ball

The retreating sea leaves seaweed glittering in the morning sun. Exposed rocks draped in green shelter us from the wind. Pearl spins around with a playful bark. I open my pocket and throw her the ball. She catches it mid-air, content in a steady canter.

first advent
how easy the sky
changes colour

© Xenia Tran

beach at low tide in the morning sun, heaps of seaweed in the foreground

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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #115: Advent

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ponder

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting for You

a smiling black whippet in a black jacket running down a forest trail
a black whippet waiting for a blue and white whippet running down the forest trail

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #72: Waiting