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.

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

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Penumbra

Haibun: Wild and Blue

a whippet in a winter jacket by a hut made from driftwood on the beach

The strong winds have carried more driftwood to the beach. Some branches are chopped up and taken away to dry out for wood burners and open fires. Other pieces have been used to build shelters and huts along the beach. It brings a bit of joy and surprise whilst we are in lockdown.

snow-capped hills
still the sea flows in and out
a glacier blue

© Xenia Tran

a funnel cloud spreading above a glacier-blue sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed 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 -1/800 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000.

Sunday Stills: Glacier Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Wildly

Wordless Wednesday: Cooling by the Water

a blue and white whippet walking through a tidal lagoon
view across the Moray Firth towards the Sutherland hills

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Bodies of Water

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #41

Tanka: Wild Blooms

a blue and white whippet walking on a hill with wildflowers

wildflowers
blooming white and yellow
in the glen
a burn gurgles and lights
the shadow side of mountains

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream flowing through the glen in Summer

Wishing you all a blessed 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/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge # 151: Autumn Storm & Darkness

Twiglet #189: Blooming White

Word of the Day Challenge: Benevolent

Sunday Stills: Mountains and Valleys

Haibun: A Star Follows

a black whippet walking through a tidal pool with a ball

The sea retreats as the sun rises, leaving ripples in sand and glittering water. It’s great to be back on the beach. Pearl runs after balls and catches them mid-air. Eivor walks more quietly and gazes past the headland. We both rest our eyes on the mountains and hear a gentle voice saying Stay, stay a little longer.

august moon
walking through tidal pools
a star follows

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running through a tidal pool with a ball

The above haiku is an echo poem to the closing haiku in A Message from the Stars, a tribute to our nephew Jamie Baker (1977-1986) that features in Between Heather and Grass.

Below is a trailer video for the book which includes this haiku, as well as a clip of Eivor and Pearl on the beach you see in the photographs above.

A special post will follow later this month about the money we have raised so far with the sale of the book.

We wish you all a 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 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #150: Sturgeon Moon

Sunday Stills: Beautiful Beaches

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #39

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #271

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stars

Haiku: A Sense of Peace

a blue and white whippet sniffing the side of an outcrop on the beach

a sense of peace
hangs bare in the unmasking
of the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

view across the Moray Firth with snow on the peaks across the water

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Awakening

Twiglet #175: It Hangs Bare

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Unmask

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Earth Day

a blue and white whippet leaping across the beach with a pink ball
close up shot of a black whippet zooming across the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Earth Day,

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 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Honoring Mother Earth

Discover Prompt #22: Tempo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Visual

Haiku: Wild Sea

a black whippet in a winter jacket running beside a wild sea

a wild sea
the day meets and passes
keeping its fizz

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running beside a wild sea with a pink ball

These photographs were taken on 1st March 2020 before the lockdown. You can see more images from the same walk in our March 2020 posts Approaching Spring, Waves of Gratitude, Worm Moon Sky and in yesterday’s post Looking Back.

I’m using the restrictions during the lockdown as an opportunity to share images from walks taken earlier this year to help lift our spirits.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #23

Sunday Stills: Lifted Spirits

Twiglet #171: Kept its Fizz

Haibun: Along the Firth

close up shot of a black whippet in a winter jacket on tidal sands

It has been a worrying weekend for many of us in the Highlands and other tourist destinations. Beauty spots in England, Wales and Scotland were swamped by visitors at a time when everyone has been asked to refrain from non-urgent travel.

This morning the caravan parks have closed and most people are returning home. They have better medical support there than they would have in remote parts of the country.

We can understand that people want to visit their favourite places. If we all work together to flatten the curve, this will soon be possible again.

along the firth
a flow of give and take
in motion

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing a large driftwood tree

Update: At 8.30 pm on 23rd March 2020 the UK Government ordered a lockdown in the interest of keeping everyone safe.

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a peaceful Monday and a beautiful new 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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite Places

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #298: Bay & Play (Firth & Motion)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Swamped

Haiku: Approaching Spring

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket trotting on the beach with a ball

near and far
the smooth haze
of spring approaching

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Near and Far

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Smooth

Your Daily Word Prompt: Haze