Haibun: Into the Pure Land

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running down a mountain trail

We’re climbing the trail where Winter still lives on the hillside. Snow laces between heather and grass, delightful in simple patterns. Every step brings a deeper awareness. An awareness of what matters most. Companionship, looking after one another, only ever taking what little is needed and giving plenty back. Walking here in the sun, it is love that anchors the way.

into the pure land
an immeasurable light
turning west

© Xenia Tran

mountain trail with snow patches to the left winding down towards a loch

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

Carpe Diem #1824: Yasaka-ji Temple

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Delightful

Your Daily Word Prompt: Anchor

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night 262

Wordless Wednesday: Windows of the Soul

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet on a mountain looking back at the camera
close up portrait of a black whippet with grey flecks of fur

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

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 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #79: A Window with a View

Tanka Prose: Walking with Saigyõ

a black whippet in a black jacket striding down a mountain trail

Matsuo Bashõ (1644-1694) is one of the world’s best known haiku poets and his work has been guiding me along a poetic journey that offers me a space to pause and breathe. He carried the poems of Saigyõ (1118-1190) under his arm and I was curious to read what Bashõ was reading. Saigyõ gazed at the moon and flowers in many different places. According to Gary Snyder, Saigyõ takes the moon into his mind and out again, opening a new way of seeing the universe.

It is something I can relate to, climbing this hill. I see the colours unfolding in echoes of moonlight and sun. There are still remnants of purple on the higher ground, where the heather was late to flower.

ancestral moon
autumn’s deep places
in our heart between
the green, gold and violet
mirrors everywhere

© Xenia Tran

view from a hill over heather, pine and golden birch

This piece was inspired by Saigyõ’s Mirror of the Moon (translated by Gary Snyder, 1978). I love the way Saigyõ’s tanka can be read both as the lines fall on the page and in reverse order, something I love to aim for when writing my own tanka.

Wishing you all a magical 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, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

dVerse Poets Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Imitation Practice

Your Daily Word Prompt: Incorporate

Word of the Day Prompt: Glorious

Wordless Wednesday: Blessed Mountains

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet climbing a mountain trail followed by a black whippet
a blue and white whippet on a mountain trail in the Cairngorms

Thank you for all your good wishes before our short break! The weather has been very kind and it’s wonderful to see the colours slowly changing.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

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 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #65:Pick a Place

Wordless Wednesday: Golden Glow

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets on a mountain trail in the Cairngorms
a gurgling stream running down the mountain plateaus in the Cairngorms

Warm greetings from the Cairngorms National Park! We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of this fine weather and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Signs of Autumn

Haiku: Guiding the Way

a blue and white whippet walking down stone steps among green ferns, grass and wildflowers

green shoots
between the stones
a new journey

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking down stone steps among green ferns, grass and wildflowers

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, pathway, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 11 September 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this edition together.

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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Something New

Your Daily Word Prompt: Exceptional

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Go Big!

Cairngorms National Park

 

view over Loch Morlich and the hills beyond seen from high up the mountain trail with two whippets in winter jackets

 

mountain path
a dog bends down to drink
clear water

© Xenia Tran

 

view over Loch Morlich and the hills beyond seen from high up the mountain trail with two whippets in winter jackets

 

gold and blue
the changing colours
of mountains

© Xenia Tran

 

view over Loch Morlich and the hills beyond seen from high up the mountain trail with two whippets in winter jackets

 

mountain top
the view over glen and loch
a parcel of heaven

© Xenia Tran

 

view over Loch Morlich and the hills beyond seen from high up the mountain trail with two whippets in winter jackets

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2, 1/1600 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Go Big!

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Contrast