Haibun: Mountain Layers

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket climbing a mountain with snow fields in the background

 

We tiptoe through layers of grass, brown heather and stone. The mountain’s steady pulse becomes our anchor with the wind whirling around her boulders. We can rest here. We can sip from the rising spring.

sunlight swims
between the melting snow fields
this wildness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets climbing a mountain trail

 

landscape shot of a mountain trail leading towards a corrie with snow fields near the peaks

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

 

dVerse Poets Quadrille #74: Sip

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Layer

 

Haibun: Waiting for Rain

Cairngorms National Park

 

blue whippet in purple harness by Lochan Deo

 

In early June clouds float across Lochan Deo, the water slightly receding after an un-seasonable warm week. Today, clouds only float in sky. The loch is dry, earth lies parched between stones, curved driftwood.

still waiting
the pine and heather
for rain to fall

© Xenia Tran

 

Lochan Deo in August without water

The top photograph was taken at the beginning of June (at the start of the heatwave) and the second photograph was taken last week. We have had a little rain since and are hoping for more.

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/4, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #63: Feel the Earth Move

 

Haibun: Hills of Gold

Cairngorms National Park

 

two whippets walking towards the camera on a forest trail

 

Deep in the day’s turnings the light changes to gold. A pair of wild-campers set up an indigo tent, gathering stones for a fire. When we return to the loch all the new seems familiar.

fresh dreams
in the moon’s cycle
a cuckoo calls

© Xenia Tran

 

Loch an Eilein at sunset

 

Slighty zoomed in image of Loch an Eilein at sunset

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/320 s, ISO 400 and f/5, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

 

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dVersepoets Quadrille #59: Cycle

 

Haibun: Glistening Sea

 

 

two whippets walking across shingle by the beach at low tide

 

We tiptoe across shingle to sands down below, the pools and a haze of blue mountains. The wondering and what-ifs are over now. The river flows out to a glistening sea, gathering stones full of meaning.

rest easy
home again among angels
in peace

© Xenia Tran

 

shingle, beach, tidal sands and a blue sky with a few clouds above the water

This post is dedicated to the memory of Liam Colgan.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/8, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

An earlier post about Liam can be found here.

 

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dVerse Poets: Shall we Gather?

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Quadrille: When Nature Gives Us Poems

 

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one day of warm
can melt all the snows

seals bask in the sun
calling their pups

watched by a cormorant
on a pole in the river

cast your net to
capture the sounds

follow your gaze

feel nature give poetry
in her making

© Xenia Tran

 

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We wish 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/6.3, 1/60 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

dVerse Quadrille – Poem One for Me

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Quadrille: When Old Becomes New

 

two whippets in winter coats running on a sunlit beach

 

seagulls rest
on sandbars
warming feathers
in Winter sun

while we fly
to catch each ball
and shimmy down
the shoreline

it is so peaceful
to play old games
with new eyes

with every leap
the mountains
speak of wonder

after the
wolf moon

© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet in a winter coat with a pink ball on sunlit beach

We wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year and are delighted to have two poems from our blog – Grandma Alice and Frozen Footsteps – published in Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the beautiful anthology created by Mary Grace Guevara, Björn Rudberg and the team at dVerse Poets.

The anthology features more than 100 poets from around the world and is available from Amazon in Europe and North America.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Dutch Goes The Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

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dVerse Poets Quadrille #47 – Leap

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Quadrille: A Glimpse Of New Tomorrows

Cairngorms National Park

 

cloud and mist rising at mountain top in Autumn

 

the sun is ready
to break through
kick-start the dazzle
of mountain dew

while we touch
the clouds we
feel the breath
of Winter

she will be here
to rest her snows
cover these russets
while folding golds

dreaming the world
with new tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet in winter coat on mountain top with cloud and mist rising in Autumn

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all the people who lost their lives and were injured at Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: Landscape and Portrait, 160/s, ISO – Auto.

 

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