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

Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

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.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23


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: Soft and Forgiving

two whippets running across a wide beach towards the sea

seals swim
in the distance
deep sand
soft and forgiving
the way the ancients speak

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets leaping and running towards the sea

We wish you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Forgive

Water Water Everywhere #71

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: The Day’s Blue

two whippets in black jackets walking across a narrow beach

the beach narrows
as the tide rolls in
slowly
the sky opens her curtains
restoring the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

a sweeping narrow strip of beach beside the dunes under a blue sky with fluffy clouds

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.

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

Tanka Thursday: Restore

Water Water Everywhere #69

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: Quantum Leap

a smiling black whippet leaping across the beach

quantum leap
nature has her way
of painting
small delights into
the day’s air

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet striding out across tidal sands

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 – 1/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Air

Your Daily Word Prompt: Genial

Haibun: Natural Light

a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey jacket sniffing the stones on the beach

The temperature has dipped and yesterday’s snow lingers on the higher ground. The light bounces through scattered clouds as we walk along the soft sand. The tide is rolling in. Even with restrictions in place there’s freedom in each movement.


quick water
a flock of geese
is heading north

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a whippet in a jacket walking across tidal sands

Wishing you all a happy Monday and happy International Women’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

My maternal grandmother was a very kind and spirited woman who pursued her dream to become a GP and cared for others during her entire life.

If you missed the poem we shared on Twitter earlier today, you can read it here:

Grandma Alice poem by Xenia Tran with old black and white photograph of her grandmother
(From Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, Voices from Poets – dVerse Anthology, 2017)

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

Weekend Sky #19

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pursuit

Word of the Day Challenge: Free

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)