Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

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Wordless Wednesday: Alt na Bodachan

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing the bluebells in front of a cascading burn
a black whippet in a black jacket looking over his right shoulder in front of a cascading burn, a blue and white whippet sniffing bluebells in the background
cascading waters of Alt na Bodachan in Glen Affric in Spring

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Splash

Haibun: A View from Above

Glen Affric

a black whippet in a black jacket walking on a forest trail with spring grass and heather

The trail climbs between birch and Douglas fir. Protected from the breeze it carries us higher and higher. We hear water gushing below, the sound of insects humming.

wrapped around
these hills and glens
the hearts of many

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets sniffing the spring grass along a woodland trail

We stop to sniff the grass. Our companion finds the courage to walk onto a wooden platform and gaze over the cascading falls of Abhainn Deabhag.

in the bends
a burn and river meet
their own universe

© Xenia Tran

water falls and cascades, pine trees and rock where the Abhainn Deabhag joins Alt na Bodachan

You can see images of the viewing platform in our post Plodda Falls on our sister blog Tranature. It is a real treat to walk here.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Spring Lanterns

Glen Affric

a forest trail in spring with green heather and young leaves on birch trees

green waves
in the sun’s warmth
spring lanterns

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket in a forest beside a pine tree and green heather

Wishing 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.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Nature’s Voice

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with green heather and spring leaves

climbing this hill
the voice of the tumbling burn
a true companion

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking down onto a burn between the trees
the lower part of a water fall splashing into a burn with smaller cascades around it

(‘burn’ is a Scottish word for ‘stream’)

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/200 s ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 100.

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Wordless Wednesday: Grateful

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets walking on a forest trail with spring greens
a black whippet turning on a forest trail and a blue and white whippet walking towards the camera, both wearing black jackets
a cascading stream beside a forest trail with young green leaves on the birch trees

We are eternally grateful for all the beauty and bliss that nature brings us.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Parallels

Glen Affric

upturned tree roots in forest look like a figure in brown velvet walking, trompe l'oeil

The upturned roots look like a figure walking, cloaked in brown velvet from another time. A snail’s slick silver lines awaken our curiosity. We follow a ribbon of moonlight between lichen and moss.

an eagle calls
whose star greets the sky
in these moments

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black winter jackets sniffing the moss underneath a Douglas fir tree on a forest trail

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 250 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

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