Tanka: Every Step

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

so sacred
the salt in the air and sea
every step
towards the infinite
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Microcosm

Tanka: Morning Glow

two whippets running across the beach in the morning sun with balls

from the sea
a film of moonlight
we long to know
the spirit of this new day
we have never seen before

© Xenia Tran

a tidal beach with heaps of seaweed in the glow from the rising sun

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

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 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/7.1 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Glow

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #282: Haze & Sand

Word of the Day Challenge: Uplifting

Haibun: First Advent

a blue and white whippet cantering on the beach with a pink ball

The retreating sea leaves seaweed glittering in the morning sun. Exposed rocks draped in green shelter us from the wind. Pearl spins around with a playful bark. I open my pocket and throw her the ball. She catches it mid-air, content in a steady canter.

first advent
how easy the sky
changes colour

© Xenia Tran

beach at low tide in the morning sun, heaps of seaweed in the foreground

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #115: Advent

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ponder

Haibun: Weaving the Way

two whippets walking down a forest trail towards the camera

Thank you to the leaves, from lanterns in Spring, Summer greens and Autumn gold, scattered petals that feed the soil. You’ve brought us joy, you’ve brought us shade from the blazing sun, shelter from wind and rain. You clear the air we breathe, always giving and giving.

returning home
morning dew sparkles
weaving the way

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a hill trail

We wish you all a wonderful Thursday and to all our friends in the US who celebrate, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Thanksgiving

Your Daily Word Prompt: Kindred

Word of the Day Challenge: Sparkle

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #255

Haibun: Into Peace

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach beside some driftwood

After a cold start the mist rolls back across the water. It’s been quite a night, according to the driftwood. The air seems innocent. In the midst of clouds we see glimpses of those who once walked here with us, their faces turning towards the light.

gentle surf
echoes of a moon passing
into peace

© Xenia Tran

white clouds above a bank of mist over a calm blue sea

Wishing you all a very peaceful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Peace

Twiglet #154: Innocent as Air

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Passage

Haiku: Giving Thanks

Ledmore Woods

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

giving thanks
when rain clouds drift away
gold and blue

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch Migdale from the hills of Ledmore Woods in Autumn

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 320 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #114: Thanksgiving

Sunday Stills: Your Favorite Photo

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ameliorate

Tanka Prose: Walking with Saigyõ

a black whippet in a black jacket striding down a mountain trail

Matsuo Bashõ (1644-1694) is one of the world’s best known haiku poets and his work has been guiding me along a poetic journey that offers me a space to pause and breathe. He carried the poems of Saigyõ (1118-1190) under his arm and I was curious to read what Bashõ was reading. Saigyõ gazed at the moon and flowers in many different places. According to Gary Snyder, Saigyõ takes the moon into his mind and out again, opening a new way of seeing the universe.

It is something I can relate to, climbing this hill. I see the colours unfolding in echoes of moonlight and sun. There are still remnants of purple on the higher ground, where the heather was late to flower.

ancestral moon
autumn’s deep places
in our heart between
the green, gold and violet
mirrors everywhere

© Xenia Tran

view from a hill over heather, pine and golden birch

This piece was inspired by Saigyõ’s Mirror of the Moon (translated by Gary Snyder, 1978). I love the way Saigyõ’s tanka can be read both as the lines fall on the page and in reverse order, something I love to aim for when writing my own tanka.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

dVerse Poets Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Imitation Practice

Your Daily Word Prompt: Incorporate

Word of the Day Prompt: Glorious