Haibun: Cool Breeze

a black whippet playing with a ball on the beach

The crowds have left the beaches and a new calm returns. We are grateful the sand remains as pure and clean as we found it in our lockdown days. The rising sun takes the edge of the sharp wind that blows in from the North. As Eivor chases a yellow ball, we reflect how all that’s gone before has brought us to this moment.

new coolness
even in circles the path
remains a path

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #156: New Coolness

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Haibun: Celtic Heartbeat

a black whippet running on the beach beside a turquoise sea

Echoes of drums and fiddles float through an open window, a virtual ceilidh in full swing. Dogs run big circles on the beach beside the turquoise water. My mind drifts and settles. Becoming sand, becoming sea.

new ways
to share our voice
spring sunshine

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #106: Drum

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #310: Share & Voice

Haiku: Misty Rain

silhouette of a whippet by a rock on a misty beach

misty rain
we walk with you in spirit
even when unseen

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a man carrying a canoe in the mist

For more than fifty years I have taken part in peaceful demonstrations and art projects in support of equality and fair treatment of all. We have come a long way and still have further to travel to create a world where everyone feels welcome.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125 and f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #141: Justice

dVerse Poets Poetics: Rain

Haiku: A Sense of Peace

a blue and white whippet sniffing the side of an outcrop on the beach

a sense of peace
hangs bare in the unmasking
of the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

view across the Moray Firth with snow on the peaks across the water

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Awakening

Twiglet #175: It Hangs Bare

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Unmask

Haiku: Signposts

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on the beach

a driftwood tree
springs from the sands
grateful of water

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on the beach near the shoreline

This is the final day of a month-long series of writing prompts created by Discover. A very big thank you to Ben Huberman and the team for their inspiration and stepping in during these extraordinary times. It’s been a real pleasure to participate with so many creative bloggers.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday and may you all 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Discover Prompt #30: Grateful

Haiku: Unconditional Love

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

resting here
leaves and moss themselves
are love

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing brown leaves and stones

Wishing you all a peaceful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200.

Carpe Diem #1806: Unconditional Love

Your Daily Word Prompt: Revelation

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

Tanka: Every Step

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

so sacred
the salt in the air and sea
every step
towards the infinite
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Microcosm

Haibun: Hazy Morning

two whippets walking along the edge of a sand bar with a morning haze over the sea

The air is warming again and the sandbar feels soft underneath. We walk here in quiet contemplation, leaving our foot prints, until a line of surf cleans them away.

calm sea
the blue haze enfolds
our new horizon

© Xenia Tran

the faint outline of blue mountains barely visible in the morning haze above the sea

We wish you all a calm and 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46: Delicate

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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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.

Frank J Tassone’s Weeky Haikai Challenge #77: March Equinox

Carpe Diem #1630: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage … The Kohechi Trail

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

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …