Quadrille: All That Glitters

a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

this summer blessed with sun
we walked ten miles and talked
of shorelines and geology
beyond amazed what has become
our tidal land, plucked from
desert, sea and glacier
we’re grateful time has brought us near
our gentle surf and all that glitters here

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our Summer break, it’s lovely to be back!

The poem above links to the Cove Bay series we posted during the week before our holiday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday 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.

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upturned tree roots in forest look like a figure in brown velvet walking, trompe l'oeil

The upturned roots look like a figure walking, cloaked in brown velvet from another time. A snail’s slick silver lines awaken our curiosity. We follow a ribbon of moonlight between lichen and moss.

an eagle calls
whose star greets the sky
in these moments

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black winter jackets sniffing the moss underneath a Douglas fir tree on a forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 250 and f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 160.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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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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.

 

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