Haiku: Spring Equinox

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket sniffing the ground in the dunes

exploring
the lightness of spring
in my heart

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running down from the dunes
a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running down from the dunes

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, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Bathing in Light

 

Portrait of a mature black whippet lit by the sun on the beach

 

We’re on our way again. On our way to new discoveries, new dreams. The sun warms the sea after a cold night. Mist rises, a haze of blue. A haze of peace over a calm sea. That’s how we’d love the world to be.

floating gulls
together we find ourselves
bathing in light

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a purple harness sniffing a white feather on tidal sands

 

seagulls bobbing on a calm sea with blue hazy mountains in the background

We wish you all a very peaceful 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/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Meme-worthy Photos

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #243: Swim & Float

 

Haiku: Golden Hour

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket walking towards the camera across tidal sands and shingle

 

shingle
left here by the surf
one cosmos

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket walking across tidal sands and shingle

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.

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Vanishing Point

RDP: Pet

 

Tanka: Jewels from the Sea

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket sniffing seaweed on tidal sands

 

morning stroll
seaweed, salt and water
glistening
a scent from the deep
alive inside us here

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in a winter jackets sniffing seaweed on tidal sands

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, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Jewel

 

Haiku: Bird Song

 

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full of blossom
the song of a blackbird
echoes the wind

© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet walking in walled garden full of blossom

 

With love to you all from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200 s.

 

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Daily Prompt: Blossom

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

black whippet on the shore with tide flowing in at Loch Torridon

reflecting
how seaweed breathes in the sun
and under water
the ebb and flow of life
the constant flow of love

© Xenia Tran

tide flowing in at Loch Torridon

two whippets on the shore with tide flowing in at Loch Torridon

With love to you all from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

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In this week’s Discover Challenge we are invited to post about a place that means something special to us and we can interpret this any way we wish. This challenge coincides with my completion of ‘Carpe Diem Haiku First Winter Retreat 2016 – Find the Silence’ where we were invited to find the silence and create haiku, haiga or tanka every day for thirty days.

This is a beautiful time of year to write about silence and connect with that calm place within ourselves.

winter silence
so many boats asleep
on dry land

© Xenia Tran

 

More than half of my daily writings on ‘Finding the Silence’ were posted on twitter and I am sharing some of them here to show the many moments that inspired me to find the silence both outside and inside of myself.

the silent robin
awaits our return
eyes sparkle

© Xenia Tran

 

The haiku below were previously posted on twitter and made me reflect more deeply. I added prose and created a double haibun for the blog in Frozen Footsteps.

frost rests
in silent caress
of the dawn

© Xenia Tran

 

stillness
before the ski slopes
open to laughter

© Xenia Tran

 

One fellow blogger commented that I am carrying the silence with me. It feels that way and I believe the accumulative effect of focusing on silence every day AND writing about it helps you to carry the silence from one day to the next.

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Fellow blogger Mark Aldrich has written many posts about Egyptian photo-journalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan. He has been held in prison without charge for more than three years and he misses the sky. On ciluna27’s Blog you can read more background information about the #SkyforShawkan initiative that was created on twitter where fellow photographers can post photographs of the sky for Shawkan.

After posting several photographs of the sky at #SkyforShawkan I found silence here too. Silence in the beauty of the many photographs posted here, silence in the invisible space where people who care about human rights come together.

I began to create haiga in aid of the campaign for Shawkan’s release and some of them took me to a completely different dimension of silence.

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One year later Shawkan is still in prison. I have created more haiga for the campaign and shared them on twitter. ciluna’s27 blog created a new and beautiful post on 12th December 2017 featuring many new photographs for the #SkyforShawkan campaign which include five of these haiga. You can read this post and see the images here.

 

Silence was to be found in so many places, including indoors.

candle light
warms the imagination
of shorter days

© Xenia Tran

 

More than anything I became aware of the silent communication from something that is so much bigger than ourselves, the silent communication from nature and the silent communication and understanding between Eivor and Pearl. I could have written the haiku below every day for thirty days:

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silence
a quiet breath
of love

© Xenia Tran

 

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With love to you all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: Landscape and iA.

 

In response to Daily Post Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

To see thirty days of contributions about silence from all participants please visit: Carpe Diem Haiku First Winter Retreat 2016 – Find the Silence

Daily Post: Silent