Tanka: Spring Unfurling

a blue and white whippet sniffing the grass on a woodland trail

dappled light
glitters in a spider’s thread
between trees
shaded places team with life
where spring greens are unfurling

© Xenia Tran

a fallen tree covered in moss resting on the forest floor

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 640, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/1.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 640.

Tanka Thursday: Unfurl

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details

Wordless Wednesday: Smiling River

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling black and white whippet on a riverbank
the river Feshie in Spring

The river is bubbling and flowing with snowmelt.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Laughter

Word of the Day Challenge: Fresh

Puente Poetry: Talking Trees

Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

the Inner Man sculpture by Frank Bruce

most of his words are marked
by a red pen, he learns more from
rockpools and sunsets, from a wind that
whistles through leaves in the wood

~ your gift is right here ~

in the fallen trees, sharing
deep meaning without written words
from nature, for nature
your soul can grow while it’s healing

© Xenia Tran

a sculpture on the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

If you are new to the Puente form you can see an earlier example with a brief explanation in last week’s post Presence, featuring Frank Bruce’s epitaph.

Those of you who have been following the blog for many years may recognise the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail from our earlier post Evanescent.

Frank Bruce (1931 – 2009) was dyslexic, left school at the age of thirteen and later became a self-taught artist. He insisted that his art should always be available to everybody free of charge and that his sculptures should be allowed to decay and return to nature.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and peaceful start to the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 560, f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500.

PI Poetry Prompt: Whistle

Earthweal: Wounded Healer – Songs of the Earth Shaman

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Glimpse

Wordless Wednesday: Seeking Stillness

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a fleece jacket on the shores of Loch an Eilein
Loch an Eilein and castle in Spring

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 1/4000 s – ISO 500, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 250.

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry, picturesque)

Sijo: Where Eagles Rise and Soar

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in fleece jacket on a mountain trail

catching the scent of deer, their presence feels so near
the trail we’re walking, from glen to hill to snow-filled pass
our eyes rest on the eyrie, where eagles rise and soar

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered corrie in the Cairngorms

If you’re new to the Sijo form, you can find an earlier poem and short description here.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Soar

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry)

Weekend Sky #25

Tanka: Earth Day

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing over the roots of pine

earth day
we dust last season
from our boots
roots link where pine stand vigil
above an ancient loch

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of the exposed roots of an ancient pine

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 1400 and f/1.8 – 1/2500 s – ISO 500.

Tanka Thursday: Season

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Dusty Boots

Wordless Wednesday: When the Day Shines

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from a still loch
Lochan Deo in Spring, pine and sky reflected in the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 200.

Thank you Cee for honouring us with this post as a CFFC Featured Blogger!

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Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Shiny

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Awakening

Haibun: Restoring Nature

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail

We are so grateful to hike in the National Park and breathe the mountain air. The higher ground is covered in snow, adding to the freshness. Ground-nesting birds rest on cushions of grass and moss, beneath the heather. We stick to the trails and pace ourselves.

Further ahead, young trees and seedlings are slowly re-greening the hills. For the first time since we moved here, neighbouring land managers and conservation groups are working together to create one seamless, natural landscape. A landscape for the wildlife, and for the people who live and walk here too.

a cuckoo’s call
flowing in and out
of the forest

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail

We are very excited to see the beginnings of Cairngorms Connect, the biggest and boldest conservation project in this area so far.

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.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/5.6 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Cushion

Earthweal: Restore Our Earth

Tanka: Freedom

a whippet in a winter jacket on a narrow forest trail

free at last
the comforting scent of pine
marks the trail
how quickly seasons pass
when we can walk for hours

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream and small waterfall between rocks

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 450, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 800 and f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 500.

Tanka Thursday: Hour(s)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Country Comfort

Wordless Wednesday: Scents of April

two whippets in winter jackets beside an ancient pine tree with heather
two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the heather

The stay-at-home restrictions have been eased and we can now roam within our own council area. It’s been nearly five months since we last walked in this forest and there’s lots to sniff!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #143: Colorful April