Tanka: Blankets of Mist

two whippets in winter jackets playing on the beach in thick fog

tails wagging
like banners of love
the cold moon
spreads blankets of mist
all around the island

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets running towards the camera on the beach

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Mist

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #116: Cold Moon

Twiglet #156: Tails Like Banners

Tanka: Every Step

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

so sacred
the salt in the air and sea
every step
towards the infinite
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Microcosm

Tanka: Morning Glow

two whippets running across the beach in the morning sun with balls

from the sea
a film of moonlight
we long to know
the spirit of this new day
we have never seen before

© Xenia Tran

a tidal beach with heaps of seaweed in the glow from the rising sun

Wishing you all a magical 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 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/7.1 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Glow

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #282: Haze & Sand

Word of the Day Challenge: Uplifting

Tanka Prose: Walking with Saigyõ

a black whippet in a black jacket striding down a mountain trail

Matsuo Bashõ (1644-1694) is one of the world’s best known haiku poets and his work has been guiding me along a poetic journey that offers me a space to pause and breathe. He carried the poems of Saigyõ (1118-1190) under his arm and I was curious to read what Bashõ was reading. Saigyõ gazed at the moon and flowers in many different places. According to Gary Snyder, Saigyõ takes the moon into his mind and out again, opening a new way of seeing the universe.

It is something I can relate to, climbing this hill. I see the colours unfolding in echoes of moonlight and sun. There are still remnants of purple on the higher ground, where the heather was late to flower.

ancestral moon
autumn’s deep places
in our heart between
the green, gold and violet
mirrors everywhere

© Xenia Tran

view from a hill over heather, pine and golden birch

This piece was inspired by Saigyõ’s Mirror of the Moon (translated by Gary Snyder, 1978). I love the way Saigyõ’s tanka can be read both as the lines fall on the page and in reverse order, something I love to aim for when writing my own tanka.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

dVerse Poets Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Imitation Practice

Your Daily Word Prompt: Incorporate

Word of the Day Prompt: Glorious

Tanka: Calm Returning

Loch Migdale

two whippets in black jackets along the shore of Loch Migdale in autumn

autumn stirs
leaves rustle in the crowns
above the glen
the sun sees off the clouds
her warmth a calm returning

© Xenia Tran

Loch Migdale in autumn, soft ripples on the water

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: Calm

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #280: Valley & Peak

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stir

Tanka: Beaver Moon

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail in autumn colours

yellow and gold
leaves begin to fall
like the first time
we see the sky together
the beaver moon through the trees

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

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/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #112: Beaver Moon

Sunday Stills: Yellow Leaves of Autumn

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

dVersePoets: Open Link Night – Thankfulness

Tanka: Friendly Circles

two whippets on a forest trail beneath a pine tree

with a friendly bow
a crow swings around his tree
so many circles
deepening our awareness
this marvellous trail

© Xenia Tran

two whippets exploring the grounds on a coastal forest trail

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Carpe Diem #1768: Crows

Your Daily Word Prompt: Copious