Haibun: Along the Firth

close up shot of a black whippet in a winter jacket on tidal sands

It has been a worrying weekend for many of us in the Highlands and other tourist destinations. Beauty spots in England, Wales and Scotland were swamped by visitors at a time when everyone has been asked to refrain from non-urgent travel.

This morning the caravan parks have closed and most people are returning home. They have better medical support there than they would have in remote parts of the country.

We can understand that people want to visit their favourite places. If we all work together to flatten the curve, this will soon be possible again.

along the firth
a flow of give and take
in motion

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing a large driftwood tree

Update: At 8.30 pm on 23rd March 2020 the UK Government ordered a lockdown in the interest of keeping everyone safe.

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a peaceful Monday and a beautiful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite Places

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #298: Bay & Play (Firth & Motion)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Swamped

Haiku: Sentient Sea

a blue and white whippet on the beach sniffing driftwood

sentient sea
happy to let driftwood dry
as the moon wishes

© Xenia Tran

a large smooth and curved piece of driftwood on the beach

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves and Arches

Twiglet #147: Dry as the Moon

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sentience

Haiku: Hazy Blue

close up head shot of a black whippet on the beach

enlightenment
the hazy blue mountains
our loving guide

© Xenia Tran

seaweed stones on tidal sands, blue mountains across the water

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

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Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fuzzy

Your Daily Word Prompt: Fundamental

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.

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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

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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.

 

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