Tanka: Innocence

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a shingled bank looking back over his shoulder at dusk

dusk falls
between driftwood and stones
a dog sees
winter’s light on water
river’s spirit in the bay

© Xenia Tran

Findhorn Bay at dusk with purple clouds and a faint golden glow above the hills and trees

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.

Tanka Thursday: Winter

Word of the Day Challenge: Innocence

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Abundance

a black whippet in a green winter jacket leaping through the dunes
Moray Firth at dusk with pink and lilac colours in the sky

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Abundance

Puente Poetry: Walkway to the Light

a blue and white whippet in a pink winter jacket pausing on top of wooden steps towards the beach

on the weathered wooden walkway
marram grass bursts through the slats
birds rest on the handrails
human hands no longer touch

~ structures built to help us ~

are smoothed by wind and rain
the last two years have taught us
to seek the light again
where natural kindness rises

© Xenia Tran

pink light between purple clouds at dusk over the Moray Firth

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Structure

Weekend Sky #53

Wordless Wednesday: Birds of Patience

a juvenile crow watching a whippet sniff potential food on the beach
a juvenile crow on the beach between stones and footprints
a juvenile crow pecking at a sea urchin on the beach

This beautiful hooded crow waited patiently for Eivor and Pearl to stop sniffing the sea urchins before walking over.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Tanka: Semitones

a calm sea in the warm winter sun

herring gulls
in the cold air
their cries
drop down a semitone
towards the sea

© Xenia Tran

herring gulls chicks and adults catching food in the surf

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Sound

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Folly

Tanka: What Travels with Us

two whippets in winter jackets running along a wide path through the dunes

hopes and dreams
the warmth in your voice
travels with us
where the river meets the sea
older seals are barking

© Xenia Tran

a tidal lagoon and river meet where they flow into the sea

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.

Tanka Thursday: Travel

Wordless Wednesday: A Smile in Your Step

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket stepping onto the beach
Findhorn Bay in the Winter sun

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Step by Step

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #181: Double Dipping

Tanka: New Alignments

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a frozen forest trail

old ways
are vanishing
a new dawn
filters gently towards earth
ready to be still and seen

© Xenia Tran

a frozen field behind the deer fence with ancient pine and mountains in the distance

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.

Tanka Thursday: Dawn

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: A New Dawn

Wordless Wednesday: They’re Playing Our Song

a smiling black and white whippet in a winter jacket running in full flow on a windy beach
a smiling black and white whippet in a winter jacket running in full flow on a windy beach

… and here’s Chloe Steele & Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band performing Òran an Tombaca at BBC Alba’s Hogmanay Ceilidh:

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Song

Word of the Day Challenge: Chances

Haiku: A New Dawn

silhouette of a whippet climbing the dunes between marram grass

early dawn
he fills the doorframe
with his laughter

© Xenia Tran

Honourable Mention in the 22nd HIA Haiku Contest (2020). A warm-hearted thank you to David Burleigh for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the other winners.

a small part of a rainbow visible across the mountains on the opposite shore

Yesterday we received a lovely surprise:

European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors Certificate for Xenia Tran

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be included in the European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2021. 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 and healthy 2022 and a peaceful year ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: A New Dawn