Haibun: Serendipity

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking on the beach

Now the snow has melted snowdrops and crocus begin to bloom. Swans are renewing their bond, young gulls are scouting for nest sites. Seasons continue to loop as if there’s no pandemic. There’s a chill from the eastern wind, even though the temperature is rising.

mirror, mirror
the sky’s blue in
every wave

© Xenia Tran

close up of the waves and surf near the tidal line

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/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Renewal

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Repeating Shapes

Word of the Day Challenge: Serendipity

Tanka: Echoes

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking across the shingle on the shore

beach comb
every stone a story
we salute
the roots that grow
towards the flowing water

© Xenia Tran

an oystercatcher coming in to land near the surf

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000 and f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Roots

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Echo

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Triangles

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on tidal sands with outcrops and stones covered in seaweed
a heart-shaped terracotta coloured outcrop on tidal sands with a dusting of snow

Wishing you all a beautiful 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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Triangle

Tanka: Stepping Stones

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking on the tidal shore in Winter

green stains
on the stepping stones
geese are feeding
where the waves roll in
ice melts from the shore

© Xenia Tran

a small flock of brent geese feeding on the shore

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

PI Poetry Prompt: Stepping Stones

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Brink

Tanka: Snow Covers

a black whippet in a winter jacket standing in snow-covered dunes

snow covers
dunes and woodland trails
melodious
in amber lamplight
we tiptoe out of town

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets walking by snow-covered dunes

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/20 s – ISO 1600, f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Lamplight

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Tiptoe

Haiku: Shapes and Shadows

two whippets in winter jackets walking along the beach

snowy mountains
a bird appears
in the cloud

© Xenia Tran

a seagull flies over the water with the shadow of a bird appearing in the snow cloud above the mountains

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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Fog at My Feet, Head in the Clouds

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Penumbra

Tanka: Blanket of Snow

two whippets in winter jackets running on tidal sands

on the hills
a blanket of snow
with a pure heart
we look forward to tomorrow
and better days to come

© Xenia Tran

snow capped hills across the firth and Brent geese on an outcrop by the beach in the foreground

Wishing you all a blessed 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 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Blanket

Wordless Wednesday: Along the Tidal Line

two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands
two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands

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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

Haiku: Clams and Mussels

two whippets in jackets sniffing between the stones on the beach

clams and mussels
a beach abundant with gifts
for the new year

© Xenia Tran

close up of razor clams, autumn leaves and shells

We hope you all had a lovely Hogmanay, even though it would have been a bit different.

The traditional Hogmanay Ceilidh on BBC Alba was also different, with the singers and musicians linking up remotely rather than playing together in one venue.

Below is a video of one of those performances, which has a magic all of its own and unique for these times:

We wish you all a blessed and abundant New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #171: New Year’ Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Galavant

Tanka: Messages

two whippets in jackets sniffing the sand side by side

driftwood
dogs read and sniff
each message
left by sun and cloud
in morning’s frost-laced blanket

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing a large piece of driftwood covered in frost

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed 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/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday

Tanka Thursday: Blanket

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Rustic Simplicity