Haiku: Eternal Spirit

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking towards the camera

eternal spirit –
a driftwood tree waves
from the water

© Xenia Tran

rippled water of a loch with a driftwood tree in the shape of a hand emerging from the water

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday, a happy start to December and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: Tree or Truck

Tanka: Autumn Dance

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking on the loch shore

autumn’s dance
clouds rise and rise
to reveal
ancient pine and golden birch
at the foot of each mountain

© Xenia Tran

low cloud hanging above the trees, obscuring the mountain

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.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #150

Haiku: Tree Song

Cairngorms National Park

a view of the loch and sandy beach through the pine trees

moved by trees
who are moved by him
a piper plays

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet walking on a lochside 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.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #137

Tanka: Always the Sun

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet running on a forest trail

at one
with the wind
a dog smiles
in the glen’s deep spaces
her light can always be seen

© Xenia Tran

eastern shores of Loch Morlich in Summer

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: Always

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Outdoor Fun

Tanka: Sacred Moments

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a beach beside a loch

sacred moments
from spring grass to winter snow
the falcon calls
a new beginning
without beginnings

© Xenia Tran

snow covered mountains towering above the pine forest by Loch Morlich

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday,

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/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1802: New Beginnings … Without Beginning

Word of the Day Challenge: Holy

Nurturing Thursday

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

Haiku: Autumn Buzz

Cairngorms National Park

close up head shot of two whippets with ears on full alert

growing stronger
the sweet hum of hoverfly
in the woods

© Xenia Tran

a view of Loch Morlich and the Cairngorm mountains beyond from the woods

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday,

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 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #273: Forest & Whisper

Carpe Diem #1756: Fly

Tanka: Zen Meditation

Loch Morlich

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

stones in water
from emptiness to wholeness
these mountains
around them and within them
the wisdom of this life

© Xenia Tran

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

We are delighted that the above tanka and the third image were combined into a taiga in honour of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary Celebration for a special feature during April 2020. Christine L Villa created a beautiful video in May 2020 that brings all the featured taiga together in one place. A very big thank you to Susan Burch and Christine L Villa for featuring my work and putting these two wonderful projects together.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #103 – Quest for a New Masterpiece – start of Autumn

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #272: Empty & Whole

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Tanka: Loch Morlich

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet, both in black jackets, looking at the camera on a forest trail

at peace
celestial voices
crossing water
their talk of pine-clad mountains
streams into my heart

© Xenia Tran

view across Loch Morlich from the west shore towards the snow-capped mountains

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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Twiglet #121: Voices Crossing Water

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

Tanka: The Hawk’s Eye

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket and grey thermals beside a bush on the loch shore

frozen puddles
winds flock in the sky
the hawk’s eye
oh to see so many worlds
weaving through the trees

© Xenia Tran

view from the east over Loch Morlich with frozen pools on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Carpe Diem #1595: Hawk (taka)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Camouflage