Haiku: Silvered Beech

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket running across a forest trail

silvered beech –
a mountain stream sings
to the snow moon

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream full of snow-melt rushing through the forest

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #164

Tanka: Imbolc

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket on a forest trail

Imbolc –
the waters of
our heart
awaken in the glen we walk
a deep sense of belonging

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream flowing through the forest and glen

Imbolc is a Celtic holiday that honours the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, celebrated in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland.

To celebrate we are delighted to share the video below featuring Am Monadh Ruadh by the Calum Stewart Quartet:

Wishing you all a blessed Imbolc and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Belonging

Haiku: Messages

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking beside a stream in a winter forest towards wind-blown lichen

sniffs and smells
a smile from the stag
in the lichen

© Xenia Tran

close up of lichen resting on fallen pine needles on the forest floor in the shape of a heart

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #234: Messages

Haibun: River of Love

a smiling whippet in a yellow jacket standing in the shallows of a mountain stream

The rain has stopped and small drops twinkle on the pine and bare branches. We follow the trail as it winds down the hill, passing the place where a young hind once stood between the trees like a statue, without any of our dogs noticing.

Misty looks at me as I remember, sees the pictures I am making. She smiles her loving smile, and I treasure the new memories we make together.

feet in the shallows –
we feel the surge
of a deeper flow

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream with shallows and currents flowing between the trees

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #162

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in January 2023 (Perspective)

Haiku: Sheltered Wood

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket on a forest trail in winter

sheltered wood
from the bend a view
of snow falling

© Xenia Tran

view across brown heather and golden grass towards mount cairngorm

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Bend

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #233: One Lens Walk

Tanka: Winter’s Music

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking on dried grass in the forest

the stream
glides by in gurgles
where grass sleeps
a blackbird silver sings
through winter’s forest

© Xenia Tran

a woodland stream seen from a forest trail on the higher ground

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: January – Pick a Topic from my Photo (green, grass, silver, weather)

Haiku: Snow Melt

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking across a wooden bridge

snow-melt …
how clear a stream can flow
beneath our new-found bridges

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream full of snow-melt flowing through the forest

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #232: Looking Back

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #161

Haiku: Sharing Our Journey

a smiling brindle whippet in a maroon jacket walking across dried marram grass in the dunes

sharing our journey
through the grass
a lone goose

© Xenia Tran

a solitary Greylag goose in the dunes

I was at first concerned when I saw the Greylag goose on her own and was later assured by other walkers that a large flock had landed half an hour earlier in the grass behind her.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: January Amber Colors

Tanka: Small Waves

a smiling brindle whippet running through the dunes

ah the sound
of small waves breaking
each day
still bright enough
to follow a dream

© Xenia Tran

small waves rolling toward the beach in the Moray Firth

In the spirit of dreams, we will leave you with this beautiful song by Colin MacLeod:

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #160

Haiku: Mountain Hare

mountain hare
behind the stones
his own dusk

© Xenia Tran

Honorable Mention in the 24th HIA Haiku Contest (2022). A warm-hearted thank you to Toshio Kimura for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the other winners.

a calm, retreating sea under a pastel blue sky with lilac strings of cloud

On New Year’s Eve we received a lovely surprise:

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be included in the European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2022. A warm-hearted thank you to Krzysztof Kokot for selecting me and many congratulations to all my fellow European poets.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and blessed 2023,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Eyes

CMMC: January Close-up or Macro