Haibun: Earth Tones

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking on a forest trail after logging

The pine with yellow fluorescent dots have gone, a few with pink dots are still standing. The logging truck left deep trails in the mud, filled with melted snow. The wood feels bereaved and empty at first. Until we notice the moss, shoots of spring grass and the finely barbed beginnings of a wild rose.

dappled light
a woodpecker drums
in the distance

© Xenia Tran

close up of a young holly growing beside a pond

The areas felled were part of a mature commercial forestry which will be left to rewild and regenerate with native woodland.

Wishing you all a blessed 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 100 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 450.

PI Poetry Prompt: Barb

Earthweal: Toward an Ecopoetry

Haibun: Sometimes the Wind

a blue and white whippet snoozing on the floor touching the front paws of a black whippet

The wind has changed direction and it’s best to stay at home. It’s blowing straight from the Arctic and, just for a short while, we get a sense of life in another place, far away from here. A place where the sun rarely sets in Summer and barely rises in Winter. A place with polar bears, reindeer and huskies. A place similar to what it was like here, thousands and thousands of years ago.

snow flurries
children roll their eggs
for easter

© Xenia Tran

close up of a blue and white whippet in a pink fleece

Wishing you all a happy Monday and, if you’re in Northern Scotland, may you stay safe and warm!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Egg

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142: You Pick It!

Word of the Day Challenge: Sometimes

Tanka: Soaring Spirit

close up of a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach looking into the distance

above the hills
and the gulls that hover
in limitless blue
there’s a space we call home
that lives inside us too

© Xenia Tran

two herring gulls soaring in a blue sky

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/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Limit

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ace

Word of the Day Challenge: Purity

Tanka: Circles

a smiling whippet in a black jacket walking across dry grass

ah the smell
of gorse blooming
here in the wetlands
the circle of seasons
continues to bring us peace

© Xenia Tran

the first gorse in bloom for the season

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

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

PI Poetry Prompt: Circle

Lens-Artist Weekly Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Word of the Day Challenge: Sniff


Tanka: Deep Water

action shot of a whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

letting go
a swan pair shows
their cygnet
how deep water glitters
in sapphire blue

© Xenia Tran

action shot of a whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed start to the new month,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt #300: Deep Water

Water Water Everywhere #67

Tanka: Carvings

two whippets in winter jackets by outcrops and rock pools

snow melts
in half the time
it takes to fall
we skip across the outcrops
carved by tide and wind

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the rocks

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Carve

Water Water Everywhere #65

Tanka: Snow Play

a black whippet in a winter jacket zooming through the snow

leafless trees –
sledge trails and paw prints
line the field
where deep at night
the snow moon does her climbing

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket zooming through fresh snow

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Climbing

Word of the Day Challenge: Sprightly

Tanka: Stepping Stones

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking on the tidal shore in Winter

green stains
on the stepping stones
geese are feeding
where the waves roll in
ice melts from the shore

© Xenia Tran

a small flock of brent geese feeding on the shore

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

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 125, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

PI Poetry Prompt: Stepping Stones

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Brink

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: Where Peace can Grow

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the frozen ground near wetlands

parallel lines
nature paints choices
between water and ice
reeds shuffle and wonder
how peace on earth can grow

© Xenia Tran

part frozen wetlands in Winter under a clear blue sky

We are deeply honoured and delighted that Frameless Sky Issue 13 on the theme of Our Connection with Nature is now available on DVD and YouTube link. The video features forty nature photographs by yours truly, poems by seventy-six poets from eighteen different countries, a special reading by Hemapriya Chellappan and music by Sascha Ende. A very big thank you to Chrissi Villa and Shloka Shankar for featuring my work and putting this beautiful edition together!

Frameless Sky Issue 13 Contributor Portraits

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a happy Burns Night to our friends in Scotland,

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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

PI Prompt: Parallel

Your Daily Word Prompt: Irenic