Haiku: Golden Glen

close up of two whippets in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

breath of the glen
crowns of pine and leafless trees
stretch towards the light

© Xenia Tran

view across the glen towards the hills beyond

We are deeply honoured and delighted to have a new haiku (in Dutch) included in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2021. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (9 Euro per calendar plus postage). A very big thank you to Ferre Denis and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Haiku kantelkalender 2021

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #333: Life & View (Breath & Stretch)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Crown

Haiku: Homecoming

a smiling black whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

autumn woods
joy emerges every step
of the trail

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

Wishing you all 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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #122: Found in the Neighborhood

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Emerge

Tanka: Eagle’s Rest

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking past reeds on the loch shore

the loch reflects
autumn’s afterglow
the peace
in reeds and mended pathways
this blessed day belongs to

© Xenia Tran

Lochan Mor in autumn with leafless trees and reeds

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: Canon Powershot SX60 Hs, Settings: f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 320.

Tanka Thursday: Mend

Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of … #84

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Aquiline

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Fern and Flora

two whippets in winter jackets walking side by side on a forest trail
two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail with fallen leaves

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/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 250, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flora

Haiku: Chosen Route

profile of a black whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

clockwise circle
the trail is covered
in dazzling gold

© Xenia Tran

view between autumnal trees towards Loch an Eilein

Wishing you all a 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/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 640 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #121: Focus

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lucid

Your Daily Word Prompt: Choice

Tanka: The Same Notes

a black whippet in a maroon jacket on a forest trail in autumn

haunting melody
from an empty boathouse
the same notes
spill over the loch
where the saxophonist played

© Xenia Tran

a birch tree with golden leaves hanging over Loch Dunmoreover

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.

Tanka Thursday: Haunt/Haunted

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Empty Room

Word of the Day Challenge: Improvizing

Tanka: Tilting Cloud

two whippets on a forest trail in autumn

today’s postcard
of an autumn palette
where clouds tilt
grey turns to vivid blue
hanging on an echo

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet on a forest trail

Wishing 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.

Tanka Thursday: Postcard

Twiglet #199: Hanging on an Echo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grey turns to Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Vivid

Haiku: Daydream

a black whippet standing beside a large squirrel sculpture

daydream
stepping through a portal
of dappled light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet walking past a sculpture of a giant squirrel

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/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1836: Daydreaming

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hardihood

Haibun: October Wind

two whippets in black rain jackets on a forest trail

Once the hills stop howling we venture out into the woods. There’s still plenty of tree cover to protect us from intermittent drizzle and showers. The heather is turning brown here while further north they’re hanging on to purple. A gentle buzz of hoverflies follows us between fading fireweeds whilst at the waterfall, wild salmon are leaping.

october wind
rain slips through the net
of noughts and crosses

© Xenia Tran

a play area in the forest with large noughts and crosses on the ground

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 500 and f/4 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Preparation

Twiglet #197: Rain through a Net

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Howl

Tanka: After the Storm

a black whippet in a raincoat climbing a forest trail

rain softens earth
where trees are falling
side by side
we walk through changing forests
learning how to grow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a raincoat on a forest trail

We hope everyone in the path of Storm Alex is safe and well.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 400.

Carpe Diem #1830: Storm

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #4: Rainy Days

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Handle

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk