Worthy Wednesday: Spreading the Light

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a mountain trail with snow and pine
snow covered mountains under a bright sun and sky

It is heart-warming to see many people spreading the light at a time when it is much needed.

Football games are currently on hold in Scotland and Nairn County Football Club published the following statement on their website:

With regards to our fans and the community as a whole. Well we are not playing football for the foreseeable future, so if we can help on a Saturday with anyone in self isolation, be it picking up your shopping, getting your prescription to you or even just walking the dog, drop us a message or give us a call and we will sort something out for you.

Nobody knows how long this virus will be with us, it could be a long haul, but we want you to know that your Club is with you. You have supported us, now its our turn to do the same for you.

Ian Finlayson, Secretary, Nairn County FC

A very big thank you to all the people who are working tirelessly to keep everything moving forward.

If you have a positive story to share, please let us know in the comments and help spread a little more light.

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, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/200 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spread

Tanka: Amplified in Glitter

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail with snow in the heather

beneath the sky
the last clean fields of snow
we’ll take our chance
to climb and see you again
amplified in glitter

© Xenia Tran

mount cairngorm covered in snow, seen through and above the pine trees

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Tuesday and for those of you who celebrate, a beautiful St Patrick’s Day too 🍀

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

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Haibun: Into the Pure Land

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running down a mountain trail

We’re climbing the trail where Winter still lives on the hillside. Snow laces between heather and grass, delightful in simple patterns. Every step brings a deeper awareness. An awareness of what matters most. Companionship, looking after one another, only ever taking what little is needed and giving plenty back. Walking here in the sun, it is love that anchors the way.

into the pure land
an immeasurable light
turning west

© Xenia Tran

mountain trail with snow patches to the left winding down towards a loch

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 200.

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Wordless Wednesday: Big World

Loch Laggan

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing driftwood on the beach at Loch Laggan
a black whippet in a winter jacket in full sprint on the beach below the trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

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Haiku: Still Mind

Loch Laggan

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach at Loch Laggan

empty beach, still mind
the stream flows into the loch
once more

© Xenia Tran

Loch Laggan in Winter with snow on the peaks of the hills

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

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 160, f/2.8 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #293: Drain & Rain (Flow & Stream)

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #15

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Go

Haiku: Wings of Snow

Loch Laggan

two whippets in winter jackets running up a sandy path above Loch Laggan

dusting of snow
winter stretches sideways
above the water

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running up a sandy path

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Ruba’i: One More Glance

 

close up shot of black whippet in a blue winter jacket looking over the snow-covered bent grass

 

Glancing at all this beauty, before it melts away
the snow has been amazing, we so wish it could stay
we love it now with all our heart, while we run and play
to touch the stars that sparkle here, brightening our day.

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket looking out over the snow-covered bent grass

 

close up shot of snow flakes on bent grass

Although the snow didn’t stay here long, we are very grateful for the few days we could enjoy it.

Frank at dVerse Poets invites us to create a Ruba’i (a classical Persian quatrain or double couplet with 13-syllable lines and a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba) or a Rubaiyat (a collection of more than one quatrain).

Last Friday I posted Fishertown Rubaiyat, an 8-syllable interlocking Rubaiyat, and today I wanted to experiment with the traditional Persian form. If you are interested in playing along, the prompt stays open until the end of the month.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Explorers

 

two whippets in winter jackets looking into each other's eyes in snow-covered dunes

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket following a black whippet in a winter jacket up the snow covered dunes

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket and a black whippet in a winter jacket standing on top of snow covered dunes

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Mettlesome

 

Haiku: Snow Dunes

 

a blue whippet in a purple and black winterjacket in snow-covered dunes

 

the earth’s hum
a promise of new growth
beneath the snow

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket in snow-covered dunes

 

a blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket and a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket walking through snow-covered dunes

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Growth

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Hum

 

Haiku: Fresh Snow

 

a blue whippet peeping over the snow-covered dunes

 

fresh snow
bent grass bows towards
the white blue sea

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket among snow covered bent grass

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #71: Still Cold