Tanka: Loch Morlich

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet, both in black jackets, looking at the camera on a forest trail

at peace
celestial voices
crossing water
their talk of pine-clad mountains
streams into my heart

© Xenia Tran

view across Loch Morlich from the west shore towards the snow-capped mountains

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 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Mountain Song

close up of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar sniffing among spring heather

letting the light rest
between glen and mountainside
birds are singing

© Xenia Tran

close up profile shot of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar among spring heather

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Shifting Sands

a black whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach

The rafters are rattling as Storm Gareth sweeps by. The temperature has dropped again, the winter coats are on. The dunes look different. We can see roots of grass, seaweed in unfamiliar places.

a new trail
each curve and contour
sculpted by the waves

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach
a blue and white whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing the sand on the beach

We hope everyone in Storm Gareth’s path stays safe and dry.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Wordless Wednesday: Scents of Winter

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets walking towards the beach across shingle between bent grass

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 and f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

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Haibun: Carried by Waves

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing leaves and driftwood on the beach

 

The opposite shore is wrapped in morning mist, the snow-capped peaks invisible. Driftwood lies scattered on the sands. Here and there, a trunk rests upright. We greet red noses, wind-swept faces. Our eyes begin to water from the icy breeze.

leaves and trees
carried by the waves
winter mountains

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking across the beach towards the sea

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket in the foreground and a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing the sands beside a driftwood tree on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

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Tanka: Gratitude

 

 

two whippets dancing on the tidal sands

 

dancing
in a beam of sunlight
our gratitude
for love, home and family
forever in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets playing on the tidal sands

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket leaping across the tidal sands

 

Today is Thanksgiving’s Day in the US and we want to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all our blogging friends for their love and support, our friends who work as volunteers in the shelters and everyone who helps to make this world a better place.

If any of you want to join Eivor and Pearl in their dance, here are Mumford & Sons performing their song ‘Guiding Light’:

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

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Tanka: In Every Leaf

 

close up portrait of a black whippet in a black winter jacket and brown and white collar

 

remembering
the light from the sun
in every leaf
the changing colours
of life itself

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a tidal beach under a cerulean sky

 

cerulean sky
the light from the sun
in every cloud
a loving presence
of spirit

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a wide stretch of tidal beach

This post is for Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo, who had to say goodbye to his beloved dog Bette last week. Run free sweet girl.

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 160, f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

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