Haibun: Lochs that Glitter

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

a blue and white whippet leaping onto the trail below the top of the crag

Loch Eadar dha Bheinn winks at us from his mountain. Clar Loch Mor, Loch Dhonnachaidh and Clar Loch Beag make us wonder, whether we’ve met each other once before. I wish we could stay, get to know them better. Their personalities, their taste in fish.

crystal waters
the kindness in their names
a gaelic song

© Xenia Tran

two whippets running on a trail near the top of Knockan Crag

Wishing you all a very happy start to August,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Applicable

Word of the Day Challenge: Kindness

Sharing our horizon by Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for the lovely review of our book dear Anna xxx

So where's the snow?

Eivor and Pearl

I don’t usually do book reviews, but this book just blew me away!  Like me, many of you followers are dog lovers, Haiku writers and a great many are photographers. This book has it all!

Xenia shares her Highland journey through the seasons with two adopted whippets, a poet and a camera! Beautifully presented in ebook and real book, 60% of the net profits each year will be shared with re-homing charities, what more could you want. Christmas is coming!!!

Of course, she’s a wordpress blogger too!


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Haiku: A New Horizon

Cairngorms National Park


close up of a blue whippet looking up to the right beside ancient pine trees and birch


golden birch
shimmering across the loch
a new horizon

© Xenia Tran


close up of a black whippet looking up at an ancient pine tree


looking East across Lochan Mor towards the mountains with yellow and golden birch along the shore


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 100, f/2.8, 1/80 s, ISO 320 and f/3.2, 1/640 s, ISO 160.


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Haiku: Flowing Water


black whippet bending down to sniff the stones beside the loch


taking it all in
the sound of flowing water
fills the glen

© Xenia Tran


a stream running through the forest with young and mature pine

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/200 s, ISO 160 and f/3.5, 1/250 s, ISO 100.


Carpe Diem’s Sparkle of Joy


Sijo: On The Shore

Two whippets playing between seaweed covered rocks at low tide

the tide sweeps out once more, leaves seaweeds resting in airs of Spring
among the joys of shell and stones, playful dogs and soaring gulls
it takes a while before the poem plucks me from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

Low tide on the Moray Firth

Happy Monday and much love to you all,
from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write a Sijo:

More ancient than haiku, the Korean Sijo shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns. Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totalling between 44-46 syllables. A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle. The sijo may be narrative or thematic, introducing a situation or problem in line 1, development or “turn” in line 2, and resolution in line 3. The first half of the final line employs a “twist”: a surprise of meaning, sound, tone or other device. The sijo is often more lyrical, subjective and personal than haiku, and the final line can take a profound, witty, humorous or proverbial turn. Like haiku, sijo has a strong basis in nature.

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #13: Sijo

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: It Is Easy Being Green

dVerse Open Link Night #193

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

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites – Part 2

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The cottages of Torridon village in the Western Highlands are bathing in sunlight whilst the top of the mountain is wrapped in cloud and fog.

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The rains are heavy further down Loch Torridon while we walk in the sun. We keep our dogs on the lead near livestock.

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This part of the Scottish Highlands sees a lot of rainfall, which creates interesting opposites of light and dark.

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Wealthy people fly in by helicopter to spend time at their Highland retreat.

We travel here by road. To us every part of the journey is as breathtaking and beautiful as the destination.

Sending love to you all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix  Panasonic FZ38, setting: Landscape.

You can see Part 1 of our contribution to the Challenge here.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites