Tanka: Pilgrims

 

a black whippet leaping through a tidal pool towards the camera

 

new steps
every pilgrimage
a season
grateful that our souls should meet
the radiance of love

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet running across the tidal sands

 

view across the Moray Firth at low tide with remnants of WWII defences in the foreground

We are celebrating Eivor’s Gotcha Day today and are so grateful we found each other in this life. Thank you for all the love and for helping us see the world through your eyes.

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, f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem #1621: Kumano Kodo … Nakahechi Route

 

Haiku: Winter’s Heatwave

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

spirit breathes
in stillness of hazy blue
winter’s heatwave

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

view over the Moray Firth at low tide

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful warm days this February with the local temperature reaching 17C.

Wishing you all a beautiful rest of the 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/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

 

Wordless Wednesday: Scents of Winter

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets walking towards the beach across shingle between bent grass

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Paula’s Thursday’s Specials: Pick a Word in December Y3: Golden, Maroon, Aquamarine

 

Haiku: In the Moment

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket smiling on the shore at sunrise

 

being present
to watch the sunrise
a smiling dog

© Xenia Tran

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1600 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #230: Exist & Today

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

 

Mandalas of Joy

 

blue whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes with morning frost on bent grass

 

if I could paint joy
there’d be a lightness of brush
a palette of earth’s finest treasures
the colours would sing
inviting you in
to dance in a rhythm
of bliss beyond measure

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of melting frost on bent grass, with blurred mandalas in the background

We are overcome with joy and gratitude that after three years of campaigning, our local wildlife and award winning beaches will be safe from proposed ship-to-ship oil transfers. One leading academic described our home and breeding ground of bottlenose dolphins and other precious wildlife as ‘the least appropriate location on the whole coast of Europe to undertake this activity‘.

The entire campaign is a testament to what communities can do when they come together for the greater good, helped by environmental and wildlife conservation groups as well as local politicians.

I forgot to readjust the settings on my camera when taking the photograph of the melting frost on bent grass. It looks as if in that moment, the camera captured my feelings. To me, the mandalas dancing in the light represent happiness and all that is good in the world.

The source of the quote and more information about the campaign can be found on the Cromarty Rising website.

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/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is …

dVerse Poetics: Secret Ingredient

 

Haiku: Happiness

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth, blue mountains across the water

 

rising
with the sun
happiness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets playing on a sandbar on the Moray Firth, a golden glow from the rising sun across the water

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/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is …

 

Tanka: A Lullaby from the Sea

 

two whippets in winter jackets and three people silhouetted against the setting sun on the shoreline

 

silhouettes
shaped by autumn’s lamplight
walkers and dogs
enjoying evening’s splendour
a lullaby from the sea

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets running on the beach with balls in their mouths at twilight

 

twilight blues, purples and golds over the Moray Firth on an outgoing tide

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/160 s, ISO 200 and f/5, 1/125 s, ISO 100.

 

This is our 30th and final contribution for Carpe Diems’s 2018 Autumn Retreat, a retreat where we write haiku, haibun or tanka on the theme ‘Love Eternally’ every day for thirty days. We have contributed fifteen poems on this blog and fifteen poems on our sister blog, Tranature. To see all our contributions and those from other participating poets please follow the link below or type ‘#carpe diems autumn retreat 2018 love’ in your Reader.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1544: Autumn Lamplight (aki no hi)

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