Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

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.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23


Tanka: Choices

a young crow on top of a fence in the snow

at peace
the crow and I
side by side
we have more directions
in which to wander

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered promenade beside the seashore

Wishing you all a wonderful 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/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Bird(s) or Name of a Bird

Twiglet #214: We Have More

Thurday’s Special: Pick a Word – Cohabitation

Wordless Wednesday: A Glimpse into Our World

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking through deep snow
a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking through deep snow between leafless trees

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 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #135: A Glimpse into Your World

Tanka: Snow Play

a black whippet in a winter jacket zooming through the snow

leafless trees –
sledge trails and paw prints
line the field
where deep at night
the snow moon does her climbing

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket zooming through fresh snow

Wishing you all a 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 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Climbing

Word of the Day Challenge: Sprightly

Tanka: Snow Covers

a black whippet in a winter jacket standing in snow-covered dunes

snow covers
dunes and woodland trails
melodious
in amber lamplight
we tiptoe out of town

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets walking by snow-covered dunes

Wishing you all a wonderful 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 – 1/20 s – ISO 1600, f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Lamplight

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Tiptoe

Wordless Wednesday: The Light Always Returns II

two whippets in winter jackets playing in the snow
two whippets in winter jackets running in the snow

You can see Part I of The Light Always Returns on our sister blog, Tranature.

The skies and changing light reminded me of a song by the wonderful Scottish artist and musician Dougie MacLean:

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Haiku: St Brigid’s Day

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach in the snow

st brigid’s day
hand in hand we brace
the snow storm

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach in the snow

Wishing you all a blessed Imbolc and St Brigid’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: All You Need is Love

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Shoreline

Haiku: Shapes and Shadows

two whippets in winter jackets walking along the beach

snowy mountains
a bird appears
in the cloud

© Xenia Tran

a seagull flies over the water with the shadow of a bird appearing in the snow cloud above the mountains

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

The above haiku has subsequently been published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2021 – Entering the Earth as part of a four-haiku sequence. You can download a free pdf file of the full publication here. A warm thank you to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for putting this edition together.

Sunday Stills: Fog at My Feet, Head in the Clouds

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Penumbra

Wordless Wednesday: All You Need is Love

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a frozen beach near the dunes
two whippets in winter jackets on a wintry beach in the sunshine

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/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: All You Need is Love

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