Haiku: Breath of Love

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

moving layers
dunes built by bent grass
a breath of love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

The forecast ‘Indian Summer’ has arrived in the Highlands and we’re enjoying some beautiful warm weather.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Breathe

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Hot Dog

Word of the Day Challenge: Love

Haiku: Songs in the Grass

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet sniffing the grass beside a forest trail

the stillness of trees
the wind picks up where she left
a blackbird singing

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet looking up at the tree with a black whippet sniffing the forest trail

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice 5-7-5, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 14 August 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grass

Tanka: A Wish

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

true kindness
between heather and grass
it glows and grows
the end of treatment bells
for all the children

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

This poem is dedicated to all the children with serious illness and their families.

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Your Daily Word Prompt: Memorialize

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #248

Haibun: Deep Time

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet at Knockan Crag on the trail beside the sculpture of a female geologist

The grass-covered roof of the Rock Room blends in with the ferns and heather of the hillside. Inside are display boards in English and Gaelic, explaining how parts of the earth’s crust have travelled long distances. The older mylonites on display at Knockan Crag had been forced up against and over the later Cambrian layer.

There’s a sculpture of two geologists, Ben Peach and John Horne, to celebrate these findings. Today the grass is growing around Horne’s feet, some of the seeds tickle his knees. The sun feels extra warm after the morning’s showers.

deep time
so many treasures
breathing the same air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing the ground by the sculpture of Peach and Horne at Knockan Crag

You can find more photographs with a triple haibun about this beautiful nature reserve in Moving Earth and a few photographs taken from inside the Rock Room in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a happy weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sculpture

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Unexpected

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Celebrate

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #247

Haibun: Raspberry Blues

a blue and white whippet standing on her hind legs and peering over the heather

It’s quiet in the car park and the temperature is perfect for climbing up the crag. Winding our way through the trees, we’re welcomed by subtle scents of Summer greens and flowering heather. Squirrels are feeding on pine, hawks are gliding overhead. Soon we’ll bring a basket, pick our fruit again.

raspberry blues
all grandma’s singing
to help them grow

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet on a hill trail

We’re delighted that the above haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: First Raspberry, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 17 July 2019. A very big thank you to Kathy Munro for putting this lovely collection together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hill

Nurturing Thursday: Positivity

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elaborate

Your Daily Word Prompt: Scribble

Tanka: Discoveries

a black whippet on tidal sands beside the rocks

these rocks
carved by ice and wind
what a blessing
seeing this with our own eyes
breathing the sea air

© Xenia Tran

an inquisitive blue and white whippet peering over a wall of coastal stones and rock left dry at low tide.

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/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Challenge: Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Discovery

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Want You

Haiku: Catching Footprints

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands, seaweed and rocks

sheer joy
catching your footprints
in the air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the tidal sands

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

Nurturing Thursday: Jump

Your Daily Word Prompt: Charge

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ingenuity