Haiku: Messages

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking beside a stream in a winter forest towards wind-blown lichen

sniffs and smells
a smile from the stag
in the lichen

© Xenia Tran

close up of lichen resting on fallen pine needles on the forest floor in the shape of a heart

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #234: Messages

Haiku: Sheltered Wood

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket on a forest trail in winter

sheltered wood
from the bend a view
of snow falling

© Xenia Tran

view across brown heather and golden grass towards mount cairngorm

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Bend

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #233: One Lens Walk

Haiku: Snow Melt

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking across a wooden bridge

snow-melt …
how clear a stream can flow
beneath our new-found bridges

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream full of snow-melt flowing through the forest

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #232: Looking Back

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #161

A Blessed Christmas

The holidays are coming up and whether you want to walk in the snow before it melts away, looking for rabbits …

a brindle whippet snoozing under a warm fleece blanket

… or take it easy, snoozing under a warm fleece blanket, dreaming of rabbits …

a window filled with Christmas decorations and an ornamental Christmas tree

… we wish all of you who celebrate a blessed Christmas and magical holidays.

a brindle whippet lounging in front of a woodburning stove

We will return here on Thursday 29 December with a special post, where we look back at 2022 with gratitude and love.

a candle arch and Christmas decorations in the window with snow outside

A happy Monday to you all and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Wish

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #230: Last Chance

Tanka: One Ray of Light

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket on the loch shore

drizzle spills
from low clouds
it only takes
one ray of light to warm
this morning’s forest

© Xenia Tran

ripples and waves on the loch's surface and low cloud and mist surrounding the hills

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #229: Perfect Patterns

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #156

Tanka: Sweet Music

a brindle whippet in a yellow and black jacket on a forest trail

sweet music
where rain drops meet the flow
of a woodland stream
the way two waters meet
within sight of a mountain

© Xenia Tran

rain falling on a mountain stream weaving through an autumnal forest

It is six months ago today when we first met Misty and set out on our journey together. And what a blessing she has been and continues to be.

We are very grateful that we found each other and wish you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week.

With love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #228: Diagonals

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #155

Tanka: Autumn Glories

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking between pine and birch trees in the forest

leafless birch
a sense of home folded
in dappled light
we look up at the trees
across the rippled water

© Xenia Tran

a puddle reflecting the sky and nearby shrubs on the beach

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Haibun: Northern Breeze

a brindle whippet in a red jacket turning away from marram grass

Most of the forecast rain blows over and we take a chance to head for the coast. Misty sniffs the marram grass, already turning gold in places. We navigate our way through the dunes, following a trail of boot and paw prints. Side by side we pause where the light bursts through the clouds, showing us a glimpse of blue.

fresh northerlies –
a pied wagtail chirrups
near the stones

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 14, December 2022

light breaking through low hanging clouds over the sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #224: Exposure

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #151

Haiku: Feeding the Dream

close up of a woodburning stove with glowing embers

feeding the dream
a warm fire
that is home

© Xenia Tran

a brindle whippet stretching before a woodburning stove

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #223: Flights of Fancy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Random

Tanka: Smiles in the Grass

a smiling brindle whippet running through the dunes

oh may the fog lift
high enough so we can see
how you fly briefly
one smile after another
through the marram grass

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet running through the dunes

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Lift

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #220: One Subject Three Ways