Tanka: Douglas Fir and Larch

close up of a smiling brindle whippet running through the grass in the forest

ah the bliss
when we come to this place
late summer
the chiming of cones falling
stays with us every year

© Xenia Tran

close up of leaves, needles and cones on birch and douglas fir

We are taking a short blogging break to enjoy the fine weather and will be back on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful weekend ahead,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: When

CFFC: Nature

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Trees

Tanka: All as One

Loch an Eilein Castle

a brindle whippet in a black rain jacket on a forest trail

light rain
on the crumbling ruins
grass and moss grow
in the shade of willows
all as one with nature

© Xenia Tran

castle ruins surrounded by trees and covered in moss and grass

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Ruins

CFFC: Man-made Items

Tanka: One Step Ahead

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet in a black jacket running towards the camera

your smile
always one step ahead
of the weather
where love winds its own trail
in unexpected ways

© Xenia Tran

mountains with heather in bloom under a cloudy sky

With warm thanks to Steph, a dedicated volunteer for Give a Greyhound a Home, who sent Misty this lovely rain-proof jacket from her Canine Lane store.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Trail

Jez Braithwaithe’s Water Water Everywhere #140

Tanka: Grandmother Tree

a smiling brindle whippet running up a hill in the forest

loch shore –
lights glitter on the water
while we listen
to the grandmother tree
sharing glimpses of the past

© Xenia Tran

exposed roots of an ancient pine by the loch shore

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Glimpse

CFFC: Connects You to the Present Moment

Tanka: Easy to Remember

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling whippet running along the sandy shores of a loch

so easy
to remember why we came
before we return
to the loch and forest
where nature’s beauty rises

© Xenia Tran

a smiling whippet looking back across the forest trail

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Easy

CFFC: Reminds You of Nature’s Beauty

Tanka: Always the Sun

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling brindle whippet running on a forest trail

at one
with the wind
a dog smiles
in the glen’s deep spaces
her light can always be seen

© Xenia Tran

eastern shores of Loch Morlich in Summer

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Always

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Outdoor Fun

Tanka: Into the Present

a brindle whippet on a tidal beach with fishermen's cottages in the blurred background

left behind
by our loved ones
the voice
of the wind and sea
our future, our history

© Xenia Tran

a small fishing village in a sheltered bay

The weather has been getting better and it is lovely to walk without coats on.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Better

Tanka Thursday: History

Tanka: Finding Happiness

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking along the beach beside a tidal burn

this summer
finding happiness
where we belong
a river smooths the stones
that tumble from the mountain

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 10, August 2022

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking beside a tidal burn

With warm thanks to Billie Dee and Kala Ramesh for their suggestions to improve the above tanka.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Find

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #132

Tanka: Brushed by Moonlight

a blue and white whippet looking between the trees down at the water of the woodland pond

daybreak –
a shimmer on the pond
brushed
by last night’s moon
swans feed in the shallows

© Xenia Tran

a pair of swans feeding in a woodland pond

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.

Tanka Thursday: Moon

Tanka: Light Beams

two whippets in black jackets near a grassy bank

drawn in
once the rain passes
through the glen
the first cowslips of spring
reveal a tender yellow

© Xenia Tran

early cowslip blooming in wet grass

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Spring

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Beam