Haiku: Moon Wind

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket sniffing lichen on a pine tree

moon wind –
beard and monk’s hood lichen
bloom on the pine

© Xenia Tran

macro capture of pine needles caught in monk's hood and beard lichen on a pine tree

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: December Close Up or Macro

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Field Day

Haiku: Autumn Gold

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail above a loch in autumn

mist is rising
into its colour
a gleam of gold

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch an Eilein and the mountains beyond in autumn

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October 2022 (dramatic, serene)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gleam

Haiku: Intricate Reflections

a brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

gentle rain
leaves and lichen glitter
in the day’s peace

© Xenia Tran

close up of pine needles and lichen on the forest floor

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #149 – Puddle Reflections

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intricate

Tanka: New-Found Sparkle

close up of a brindle whippet looking up to her right in the forest

admiring
rocks and waterfalls
autumn leaves
the streams that thread
a new-found sparkle

© Xenia Tran

a waterfall with multiple streams cascading down over the rocks

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #147

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Admire

Haibun: Pulse of the Ancients

a brindle whippet sniffing the moss on the trunk of an ancient oak tree

September’s sun dapples through green and ochre leaves as the path meanders past a three-hundred-year-old sycamore, still standing strong. A few dog-less people make a fuss of Misty as she skips past them to the sunny side of the wood. A robin sings his heart out on a garden fence, where the path passes a few houses. We cross a small wooden bridge over the burn, one side of the water green with algae. Once we turn left, we see her.

Birnam Oak
six hundred years old and more
this autumn

close up of the bark and lichen of an ancient oak tree

One of the last living relics from a medieval forest that once grew here, her girth is around seven metres. The oak’s lower branches are so heavy they are supported by stilts and part of the trunk is hollow.

Shakespeare is said to have visited this area in 1589 when he was an actor and later immortalised the wood in his play Macbeth. This tree would have been mature when Shakespeare walked here. Touching the bark with my left hand, I feel a pulse that gets stronger and stronger the longer I leave it there, filling my palm with heat that travels down my arms and my spine, as if they are branches.

then and now
a mild south-easterly
tingles the leaves

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA, Issue 13, November 2022

Birnam Oak, lower section in the warm September sun

I am guest-hosting Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets tonight and the bar opens at 8pm GMT.

Wishing you all a happy Monday,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Frame

dVerse Poets: Haibun Monday – September Song

Tanka: Sacred Waters

leaves on a birch tree in the foreground by a waterfall

calling us anew
towards the sacred water
this dream world
sun-kissed by autumn
where love so freely flows

© Xenia Tran

a small waterfall in a narrow part of a river

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #144

CMMC: September Pick a Topic from my Photo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Dream World

Haiku: An Invitation

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet on a sandy loch shore

sun and wind
sweeping away the clouds
an invitation

© Xenia Tran

Loch Morlich with stones in the foreground

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #138

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Meander

Haiku: White Sands

close up of a smiling brindle whippet on the beach

white sands
as far as eyes can see
a smile follows

© Xenia Tran

a driftwood tree on white sandy beach

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #136

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sheer

Word of the Day Challenge: Display

Haibun: Where Love Sails

a smiling brindle whippet walking across the shingle towards the dunes

It is almost a month ago when we first met Misty. The morning after she moved in we went on a short break to a small village further along the coast. She had been on day-trips with her family before, but never on holiday. It was a blessing to have this quiet time to get to know each other. And Misty loved it.

When we returned home there were vet visits and blood tests and since then, our bond has only strengthened. We admire Misty for her spirit, the way she seems to understand and read us, the way she fits into our lives so easily. The ripples can be felt when love walks where we walk, sails with all who sail beyond our sheltered bay.

flowing river
in tune with the moon
she finds the sea

© Xenia Tran

the moray firth seen from the dunes where the river meets the sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #67

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #133

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sail

Haibun: Earth’s Garden

a black whippet in a blue harness walking among wildflowers

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste – Theodore Roethke

The sun warms our backs as we walk along a narrow trail between dandelion clocks and flowers. Rhododendron and lilac are in bloom and their scent seems extra sweet this morning. We feel at one with the wood, the bog lands and the meadow as if we have always been part of earth’s garden.

stirring the soul
goldfinches sing
in the alder

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a blue harness sniffing the grass in a woodland garden

In the spirit of Roethke’s quote, we are sharing some more treasured moments from our last walks with Eivor this week.

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

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lilac