Tanka: The Hawk’s Eye

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket and grey thermals beside a bush on the loch shore

 

frozen puddles
winds flock in the sky
the hawk’s eye
oh to see so many worlds
weaving through the trees

© Xenia Tran

 

view from the east over Loch Morlich with frozen pools on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem #1595: Hawk (taka)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Camouflage

 

Tanka: Moonlight Lingers

 

waterfall flowing over rocks, a face appears in the tumbling flow

 

winter moon
reflected in waterfalls
her spirit
familiar and soothing
beyond her sweep of sky

© Xenia Tran

 

action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running over a brow towards the camera, followed by a black whippet

 

action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running up a hill towards the camera, followed by a black whippet

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/30 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/100 s, ISO 200.

 

Carpe Diem #1580: Moonlight

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Partner

 

2018: Reflections through the Seasons

 

 

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

 

 

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

 

 

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

 

 

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #25: Reflections

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cold and Warm

 

Tanka: Tranquility

 

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail

 

light passes
through the trees anew
this young December
venus and the waning moon
soothe us into peace

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail with leafless birch

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket pauses on a forest trail to look up between the trees

We wish you all a very tranquil Tuesday!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/80 s, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/60 s, ISO 250 and f/3.5, 1/80 s, ISO 250.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

 

Tanka: A Walk at Sunset

 

two whippets in winter jackets on tidal sands at sunset

 

lilac and gold
brush strokes shimmer
in tidal pools
while the sun slips away
we feel the moon rising

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket with a ball in his mouth standing on tidal sands at sunset

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket with a ball in his mouth walking on tidal sands at sunset

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/125 s, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/100 s, ISO 200 and f/5, 1/125 s, ISO 200.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Contact

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Walk

 

Tanka: Gratitude

 

 

two whippets dancing on the tidal sands

 

dancing
in a beam of sunlight
our gratitude
for love, home and family
forever in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets playing on the tidal sands

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket leaping across the tidal sands

 

Today is Thanksgiving’s Day in the US and we want to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all our blogging friends for their love and support, our friends who work as volunteers in the shelters and everyone who helps to make this world a better place.

If any of you want to join Eivor and Pearl in their dance, here are Mumford & Sons performing their song ‘Guiding Light’:

 

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, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #61: Thanksgiving

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grateful

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word In November Y3 – Radiating

 

Tanka: In Every Leaf

 

close up portrait of a black whippet in a black winter jacket and brown and white collar

 

remembering
the light from the sun
in every leaf
the changing colours
of life itself

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a tidal beach under a cerulean sky

 

cerulean sky
the light from the sun
in every cloud
a loving presence
of spirit

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a wide stretch of tidal beach

This post is for Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo, who had to say goodbye to his beloved dog Bette last week. Run free sweet girl.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word In November Y3 – Cerulean