Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23


Haiku: Shapes and Shadows

two whippets in winter jackets walking along the beach

snowy mountains
a bird appears
in the cloud

© Xenia Tran

a seagull flies over the water with the shadow of a bird appearing in the snow cloud above the mountains

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Fog at My Feet, Head in the Clouds

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Penumbra

Wordless Wednesday: All You Need is Love

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a frozen beach near the dunes
two whippets in winter jackets on a wintry beach in the sunshine

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: All You Need is Love

Wordless Wednesday: Along the Tidal Line

two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands
two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

Haibun: Never Forgotten

a black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach with a yellow ball

Restrictions begin to ease. We can go out twice a day for sport or exercise, provided we stay local. The gorse is in bloom, glittering in warm yellows. The water is clear, the air still free of pollution. It is quite something, to see anyone here.

distant mountains
running like the wind
he smells the snow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting across the beach with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and a wonderful 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

Word of the Day Challenge: Forgotten

Haiku: Flower Moon

a blue and white whippet sniffing some sand on the beach

flower moon
painting her own rainbow
in the tidal line

© Xenia Tran

snow covered peaks across the water with seaweed along the nearside tidal line

Wishing you all clear skies to see the Flower Moon tonight and a peaceful 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #137: Flower Moon

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge #18: Make Your Own Rainbow

Word of the Day Challenge: New

Worthy Wednesday: Spreading the Light

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail with snow and pine
snow covered mountains under a bright sun and sky

It is heart-warming to see many people spreading the light at a time when it is much needed.

Football games are currently on hold in Scotland and Nairn County Football Club published the following statement on their website:

With regards to our fans and the community as a whole. Well we are not playing football for the foreseeable future, so if we can help on a Saturday with anyone in self isolation, be it picking up your shopping, getting your prescription to you or even just walking the dog, drop us a message or give us a call and we will sort something out for you.

Nobody knows how long this virus will be with us, it could be a long haul, but we want you to know that your Club is with you. You have supported us, now its our turn to do the same for you.

Ian Finlayson, Secretary, Nairn County FC

A very big thank you to all the people who are working tirelessly to keep everything moving forward.

If you have a positive story to share, please let us know in the comments and help spread a little more light.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spread

Tanka: Amplified in Glitter

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail with snow in the heather

beneath the sky
the last clean fields of snow
we’ll take our chance
to climb and see you again
amplified in glitter

© Xenia Tran

mount cairngorm covered in snow, seen through and above the pine trees

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Tuesday and for those of you who celebrate, a beautiful St Patrick’s Day too 🍀

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo (green, trees, landscape)

Twiglet #168: You Again

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Clean

Wordless Wednesday: Big World

Loch Laggan

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing driftwood on the beach at Loch Laggan
a black whippet in a winter jacket in full sprint on the beach below the trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

Word of the Day Challenge: Cycle

Haiku: Still Mind

Loch Laggan

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach at Loch Laggan

empty beach, still mind
the stream flows into the loch
once more

© Xenia Tran

Loch Laggan in Winter with snow on the peaks of the hills

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/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #293: Drain & Rain (Flow & Stream)

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #15

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Go