Haibun: Looking Back

a blue and white whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Looking at the photographs from a beach walk in early March brings a smile to our faces. A young Labrador was photo-bombing along and deaf to his owner’s whistle.

Eivor and Pearl squeal with delight every time we pull into this car park . They teach us how exciting it is to see a familiar place with fresh eyes. Treasuring these moments, I often wish they last a little longer.

easter lilies
the white tail of a dog waving
at the flying sky

© Xenia Tran

head shot of a smiling blue and white whippet looking back and up

Whilst we’re in lockdown I’ll be posting a few images from walks taken earlier in the year whenever they fit in with a prompt or photo challenge.

The images above were taken on 1st March 2020. Little did we know then how much our lives would change.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and hope you stay safe and well.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #92: Going Back

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #134: Easter Lily

Discover Prompt #13: Teach

Tanka: Radiant Spirits

two whippets in winter jackets playing on a sandbar

going for a walk
like a thousand walks before
dogs pouncing, bouncing
on empty tidal sands
played by radiant spirits

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets running in a circle on tidal sands

In celebration of Ronovan’s 300th Weekly Haiku Challenge we’ve used two synonyms for each word given.

Wishing you a very happy Monday and hope you’re all safe and healthy,

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #91: Simplicity

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #300: Grit & Quit (sand, spirit & go, take a walk)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Radiant

Word of the Day Challenge: Bounce

A Tribute to Stuart Quine

(1962 – 2020)

new year’s day only the wind comes to my gate
Stuart Quine, Presence 14

a blue and white whippet walking beside a tidal lagoon with a pink ball

as real as any dream cherry blossom
Stuart Quine, Presence 51 (2014)

We were very sad to learn that Stuart Quine, a very gifted English haiku poet, has died of Covid-19. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and all who were close to him.

Stuart was a practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism and wrote beautiful haiku. I didn’t know him personally, but admired his writings. His one-line-haiku, also known as monoku, especially resonated.

In honour of his life and his work, I am sharing three of his one-line-haiku with you today (previously published in Presence, a British independent haiku journal) that I especially love.

a sandbar and lagoon on the shores of the Moray Firth

alone on the shore finally the peace of nothing left to say
Stuart Quine, Presence 56 (2016)

Please stay safe and well and keep your distance.

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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #90: Distance

Haiku: Spirit Mountain

two whippets running on a sandbar in the spring sun

far yet near
snow still dazzles on
our spirit mountain

© Xenia Tran

Moray Firth and snow capped peaks across the water

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and hope you are safe and well,

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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #90: Distance

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #299: Bright & Fight (Dazzle & Spirit)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Slick

Wordless Wednesday: Sun Puddling

two whippets in fleeces catching the sun in the living room
a blue and whippet in a pink fleece in front of the fire place and a black whippet in a red fleece lying on the floor

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on Wednesday 11th March 2020.

Wishing you all a beautiful day 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 – 1/500 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flexible

Haiku: Treasure Hunting

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff driftwood on the beach

pure heart
two dogs go lovingly
treasure hunting

© Xenia Tran

side on close up shot of two whippets in winter jackets on the beach bending down to sniff the sand

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

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #294: Chaste & Taste (Pure & Heart)

Haiku: Wings of Snow

Loch Laggan

two whippets in winter jackets running up a sandy path above Loch Laggan

dusting of snow
winter stretches sideways
above the water

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running up a sandy path

Wishing 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 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Celebration

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #84: Narrow

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #126: Returning Cold