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

Wordless Wednesday: Someone Watching Over Us

two whippets in winter jackets on a tidal beach with rocks
a mature herring gull standing on a seaweed-covered rock

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Setings: f/4.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 500 s – ISO 100 and f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Theme

Tanka: Carvings

two whippets in winter jackets by outcrops and rock pools

snow melts
in half the time
it takes to fall
we skip across the outcrops
carved by tide and wind

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the rocks

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Carve

Water Water Everywhere #65

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: Arctic Breeze

one whippet on top of a rock and another whippet below on the beach

enlightenment
at all angles the arctic
scent passes
of glaciers and polar bears
who share our history too

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets by a rock inside a tidal pool

Wishing you all a very 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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Jez Braithwaite’s I’m a Fan of … #68: Freshness

Frank J Tassone’s Weeky Haikai Challenge #139: Fragrant Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Refresh

Tanka: Young Deer

a black whippet in a black jacket walking across seaweed-covered outcrops

a foaming sea
shapes the shore’s rocks and shells
round and round
even the fawns remember
how to dance between trees

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking behind seaweed-covered stones

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #138: Fawn

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pronounced

Tanka: Discoveries

a black whippet on tidal sands beside the rocks

these rocks
carved by ice and wind
what a blessing
seeing this with our own eyes
breathing the sea air

© Xenia Tran

an inquisitive blue and white whippet peering over a wall of coastal stones and rock left dry at low tide.

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, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Challenge: Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Discovery

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Want You

Wordless Wednesday: Rock Around a Cove

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness running out of a cave onto seaweed covered boulders
two smiling whippets on large boulders covered in bright green seaweed

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our earlier posts Origins, Cove Bay and Nature’s Layers.

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: The Great Outdoors

Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

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/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Layers

Your Daily Word Prompt: Origin

A newer version of this poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Wordless Wednesday: Smiles in the Breeze

two whippets in black jackets running on the beach in deep sand
a smiling black whippet and a blue and white whippet with a pink ball in her mouth running towards the camera on the beach
a smiling black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach and a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink ball in her mouth running through the deep sand in front of the turquoise waves

It’s been a breezy and sunny start to the day at 4C and took a little while to warm up.

We are taking a short blogging break to focus on editing our next book and will be back next week. We will post a Silent Sunday post on our sister blog Tranature as per normal and will check in to read and catch up on comments when we can.

We wish you all a very happy Wednesday and a wonderful weekend!

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.

Wordless Wednesday

Sue’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Give us a Smile