Haibun: Earthly Paradise

two whippets climbing a hilly forest trail in autumn

After the rain the river is in spate and we hear her gurgle through the glen from a higher, drier trail. Every now and then we see her glitter through the trees. The birch are scattering golden leaves, the heather is turning brown. The autumn air feels both earthly and spiritual when we hear the elements speak.

mountain trail
the prayer beads
she left me

© Xenia Tran

close up of water flowing in a peaty river in spate

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The above haiku (without the prose) was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation – in the Great Outdoors – among mountains, 18 August 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta McGregor for selecting my poem and the team at Troutswirl for putting this beautiful edition together.

PI Poetry Prompt: Dante

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Haiku: River Spirit

three leaps
a salmon dazzles
with his spirit

© Xenia Tran

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.

Thank you Cee for honouring us with this post as a CFFC Featured Blogger!

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Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Riverside, Flow

CFFC: It’s a Small World

We are honoured and delighted that four images from our sister blog Tranature have been included in the Nairn River Swans & Waterfowl Trust 2022 Calendar.

For more information please visit our Caring for River Wildlife post.

Haiku: Destiny

ancient rocks
above us and below us
a river flows

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Continuity, Inward, Reflecting, Stronghold)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Destiny

Wordless Wednesday: Smiling River

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling black and white whippet on a riverbank
the river Feshie in Spring

The river is bubbling and flowing with snowmelt.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Laughter

Word of the Day Challenge: Fresh

Tanka: Wide New World

a smiling black whippet walking across a shingle beach

our dogs’ world
once small, now widening
beneath their paws
deep sand and smooth stones
blessed by last night’s moon

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking out of shot in the dunes above the river

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #314: Finger & Planet (Paw & World)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Adorn

Tanka: Time Waves

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the sand along the shoreline

line of surf
a sideways glance
reflecting
a passage of time and waves
the pulse of new beginnings

© Xenia Tran

the mouth of the river Findhorn as it flows into the firth

For all of you who celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Hogmanay and a great start to the New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Reflect

Word of the Day Challenge: Begin

Haiku: Periwinkle

two whippets in winter jackets striding across the shingle under a blue sky

relics from the sea
wrapped around the shingle
half shell, half air

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the shingle side by side

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/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #286: Ashes & Cocoon (Relic & Wrap)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Discover

Haiku: Our World

a black whippet in a black coat looking down on the flowing burn

spirit of wolves
in the rain our world
is changing colours

© Xenia Tran

a close up shot of water bubbles and spurts in a flowing burn

black whippet in a black coat looking to his right in front of a flowing burn

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2, 1/250 s, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/160 s, ISO 160 and f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 800.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Our World