Wordless Wednesday: Sprouting Wings

 

two whippets facing each other on a narrow forest trail, ready to play

 

two whippets running and playing on a narrow forest trail

 

a black whippet and a blue whippet running towards the camera between the pine trees

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 100 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 125.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sprout

 

A Walk in Rosehall Forest

 

 

On days with forecast showers we love to walk in the forests. To avoid the crowds in the National Park, we headed for Rosehall Forest in Sutherland. With a mixture of pine, spruce, firs and beech, there is always some tree-cover close by when we need it.

The log cabin that welcomes us by the car park was built by community volunteers. It has a few chairs and tables and information boards which tell you about the history of the forest. Since most of the nearby cafes are closed for Winter, this is a good spot for a picnic when it rains.

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a forest trail beside young trees and brown grass

 

A former deer park, Rosehall Forest is now owned by the forestry commission. Horse-drawn carriages used to travel along these wider tracks. Today the track is used as a logging road and part of a sustainable working forest.

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket running on a narrow forest trail

 

There are several narrow paths off the main track, which are great for whippet zoomies. You can walk in a loop or follow these paths deeper into one section of the forest and link up with other paths later. The suggested trails combine into a 9km/5.5 mile walk and you can extend this further if you want to.

 

view of a flowing stream from the forest trail above in Winter

 

The main path continues to climb and crosses a flowing burn with moss-covered banks. The sound of water tumbling over the stones follows us into the forest.

 

a sign with a poem about the otter on the bank of a flowing stream in Rosehall Forest

 

On the banks of the burn that flows through the forest we find a sign designed by pupils from the local primary school. It has a picture of an otter and a poem that reads:

I catch only a glimmer
as you shine and shimmer
for a second in the sunlit water
I wish I could dive and slide and play
and share your world for just one day

 

two whippets in black winter jackets walking side by side down a narrow forest trail

 

The paths between the trees are soft underfoot and very kind on the pads of dogs too. The banks on either side are covered in pale grass, moss and winter heather.

 

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At the highest point of the trail the light is bright, even in the drizzle. Green grass grows among the gold. Climbing over the brow we catch a glimpse of Strath Oykel.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket climbing onto a bank beside a forest trail

 

The forest is home to sika deer and other wildlife. Although Eivor is curious about deer, he won’t chase them. If you’re walking here with dogs with a strong instinct for hunting, this is a good place to keep them close or put them on the lead before descending back into the deeper forest.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket looking between the trees from a forest trail

 

The path winds further down to join the main path where we started our walk. Some of the mosses and lichens that grow on the lower ground are very similar to those found in the Celtic rainforests of the West.

 

close up shot of raindrops hanging of the branch of a fir tree

We hope you enjoyed our little stroll in the rain. There will be a few more images from the trail in tomorrow’s post Part of Our World.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Angle

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bank

 

2018: Reflections through the Seasons

 

 

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

 

 

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

 

 

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

 

 

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

 

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Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cold and Warm

 

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Scenes

 

black whippet sprinting through dune forest

 

smiling black whippet leaping through long dry grass

 

smiling black whippet in the corner of the image in full sprint through long dry grass

Happy Wednesday everyone!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/500 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scene

Wordless Wednesday

 

Wordless Wednesday: Forest Breathing

 

blue whippet running down a forest trail

 

black whippet walking through tall grass on forest trail

 

aspen trees on a hill in the sun with a blue sky

The forests are calling. We are taking a short break from blogging and will be back next week.

Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday 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, 1/1000 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #76: Freedom

 

Tanka: Creating Memories

 

blue whippet in a purple harness standing alert in the grass beside a woodland trail

 

exploring
one path after another
the wolf within
mindful of the living trees
the fallen resting in grass

© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

The fallen trees are left here and provide a home for micro-organisms and the rare aspen hoverfly.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Wildflower Journey

 

two whippets on a forest trail with wildflowers

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet on a forest trail with wildflowers

 

two whippets on a forest trail with wildflowers

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt #55: Travel