Tanka: The Gift

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach, one of them chasing a ball

sunshine breeze
a present
in the gull’s eyes
that looks older than today
even when it’s younger

© Xenia Tran

view from the beach of a tidal lagoon and sand bar

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Present

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Variegated)

Tanka: Choices

a young crow on top of a fence in the snow

at peace
the crow and I
side by side
we have more directions
in which to wander

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered promenade beside the seashore

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Bird(s) or Name of a Bird

Twiglet #214: We Have More

Thurday’s Special: Pick a Word – Cohabitation

Haiku: St Brigid’s Day

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach in the snow

st brigid’s day
hand in hand we brace
the snow storm

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach in the snow

Wishing you all a blessed Imbolc and St Brigid’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: All You Need is Love

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Shoreline

Tanka: Magic Mountain

two whippets in jackets at a fork on the mountain trail

steep trails
my right shoe leans
against the left
there is another world
behind the smiling fairy

© Xenia Tran

a smiling fairy stone resting on lichen and moss

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday 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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-4 (Accessible, Craggy & Hallucinogenic)

Tanka Thursday: Lean

Twiglet #205: My Right Shoe

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ally

Haiku: Aureate

two whippets in an aureate autumnal forest with the sun coming through

new beginnings
the sun tips her healing warmth
on autumn’s gold

© Xenia Tran

a blue sky over the loch below an autumnal forest

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – 2020-3 (Aureate, Canine)

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #122: The Sun will come out Tomorrow

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #331: First & Heal (Beginnings & Healing)

Tanka: Caledonia Pine

a black whippet in a winter jacket in an autumn forest

winding their way
through autumn’s forest
old roots
exposed and yet untorn
from earth’s stamp and pathways

© Xenia Tran

an ancient pine tree with the lower half of roots exposed

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s- ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday: Always on Time

Tanka Thursday: Torn

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-3 – Canine

Word of the Day Challenge: Amazing

Tanka: Celebration

outcrops with seaweed at low tide

sky holds blue
each route at the crossroads
guided by a star
to celebrate our journeys
with poems old and new

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking on tidal sands

A very big thank you and many congratulations to Kristjaan Panneman, who founded Carpe Diem Haiku Kai eight years ago today.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed 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 – 1/1200 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Celebrates its 8th Anniversary

Twiglet #196: Sky Hold Blue

Eve Castle’s Tanka Thursday: Crossroads

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-2 (Volte Face)

Haiku: Changing Patterns

a black whippet running along the beach with a ball

healing the past
nature smooths the lines
of old defences

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on the beach beside the dunes

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Rift & Span)

Word of the Day Challenge: Pattern

Haiku: Morningtide

two whippets walking across tidal sands towards the sea

daybreak
a band of mist rises
into blue

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands with exposed rocks and seaweed

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #321: Morrow & Surge (daybreak & rise)

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Estival)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bask

Haiku: Still this Green

a black whippet in a black harness walking through grass

autumn woods
still this green holding
on to blue

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet looking up in the forest

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125, f/2.8 – 1/80s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

We are deeply honoured and delighted that the above haiku has subsequently been featured as part of the World Haiku Series 2019 organised by the Akita International Haiku Network, together with a Japanese translation by Hidenori Hiruta.

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October (Yr 4) – Symbiotic

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: How Green is Blue

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday