Haibun: Nature’s Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the bark of a pine tree on a forest trail

We’re walking through the forest at Easter, the sun is bright and warm. It’s the warmest Easter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands. Eivor walks beside us, touching my hand with his nose to let us know. To let us know, how good it feels to be here.

Pearl walks slightly ahead of us, sniffing the bark of a pine, touching a twig or leaf. Prints from paw and foot weave on behind us. Our eyes follow the movements between the trees across the water, where pairs of geese go quietly.

nature’s spirit
stars flicker through the temple
of this world

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness beside a pine tree on a forest trail
two pairs of geese swimming across a lochan surrounded by trees and reeds

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday and a wonderful week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Skylark

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket pausing on a forest trail beside heather and pine

the air sleeps
through the trees a starry song
rises and rises

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket pausing beside an ancient pine tree
view through the pine-clad glen towards the snow-capped mountain peaks at Rothiemurchus

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

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Haiku: Puddle Gazing

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

pine trees float
in puddles of snow melt
the first green grass

© Xenia Tran

pine trees and sky reflected in a large puddle of snow-melt

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.4 – 1/800 s – ISO 400.

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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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Villanelle: Where Seasons Meet

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket sniffing snow along a forest trail

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket turning back along a forest trail beside the pine trees and heather

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a river flowing beside a forest trail with overhanging pine trees

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket walking through a puddle of melted snow on a forest trail

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a blue whippet in a black jacket on her hind legs between the heather, watched by a black whippet in a black jacket from the forest trail

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

a black whippet in a black jacket walking towards a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

view across the heather and pine-clad hills towards the snow-capped mountains

This is our second contribution to this month’s Villanelle challenge at dVerse Poets. You can read our first contribution at A Voice that Knows and our third contribution Worth Waiting For has now been published on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

Below is the complete version of the Villanelle:

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

© Xenia Tran

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 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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Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Sunshine

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (alluring, timeworn)

Villanelle: A Voice that Knows

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking along the beach

the wind is strong where soft sand blows
along the shore the water’s speech
releases the waves, a voice that knows

perhaps that’s why we feel so close
on every walk along this beach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

we seek adventure, step in the flows
a faraway wind from the East
releases the waves, a voice that knows

the scent of freedom, a thought that grows
can show us the treasures that lie within reach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

beneath the moon, a star that glows
we stretch out our dreams where each
releases the waves, a voice that knows

when colours brighten our rainbows
mirroring all that they teach
the wind stays strong where soft sand blows
releasing the waves, a voice that knows

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket landing on his front paws in the sand by some driftwood along the waterline
driftwood sticking out from the sands with soft sand blowing past

Sarah at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Villanelle this month and this is our first contribution. Our second contribution has now been published at Where Seasons Meet and our third contribution Worth Waiting For can be found on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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