Tanka: Seaside Joy

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a yellow ball

a dog
deep in thought
pauses
at the sight of boats and kites
joy sails towards us too

© Xenia Tran

a kite surfer riding the wind and waves

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #312: Intent & Thought (Deep & Thought)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Salty

Tanka: Fire in the Sky

a blue and white whippet running on the beach at dusk

if only
we could fly with the kite
the glittering sea
sweeps us into summer
with fire in the sky

© Xenia Tran

a beach at dusk with a distant kite surfer on the silver sea

Wishing you all a very 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 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #33

Twiglet #182: If Only

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fire in the Sky

Tanka: Misted Mirror

two whippets walking on tidal sands in the mist

through a gap
between half-buried rocks
seaweed nods
towards the misted mirror
where memories sweep past

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands and outcrops in the mist

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #309: Break & Glass (Gap & Mirror)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinction

Word of the Day Challenge: Honor

Tanka Prose: Circles and Spirals

a blue and white whippet in a pink harness on the beach

Walking through the dunes the scent of gorse reminds me of sun cream, our bike rides to the sea. It’s your birthday today. You would have been sixty-eight. I can imagine you silver-haired, your smile and wit still bouncing.

meditating
the circles and spirals of
a driftwood root ball
the place in our lives you held
still dearly in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

a path through the dunes with blooming gorse and marram grass

In memory of our much-loved uncle Leo (1952-1997).

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #140: Summer Meadow – Memorial Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Like a Circle in a Spiral

Tanka: Wings of a Cormorant

a black whippet in a black jacket carrying a yellow ball on the beach

birds on a rock
dogs returning yellow balls
over and over
it’s easy to disappear
in the magic of it all

© Xenia Tran

two cormorants on a rock in the sea with a flock of seagulls

Wishing you a peaceful Tuesday and may you all stay safe.

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.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

Twiglet #177: A Vacant Nest

Word of the Day Challenge: Understated

Tanka: Arctic Breeze

one whippet on top of a rock and another whippet below on the beach

enlightenment
at all angles the arctic
scent passes
of glaciers and polar bears
who share our history too

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets by a rock inside a tidal pool

Wishing you all a very 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/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Jez Braithwaite’s I’m a Fan of … #68: Freshness

Frank J Tassone’s Weeky Haikai Challenge #139: Fragrant Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Refresh

Tanka: Young Deer

a black whippet in a black jacket walking across seaweed-covered outcrops

a foaming sea
shapes the shore’s rocks and shells
round and round
even the fawns remember
how to dance between trees

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking behind seaweed-covered stones

Wishing you all a very 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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #138: Fawn

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pronounced

Taiga Video Feature

After an invigorating walk on the beach this morning, we received some lovely news from our friends across the pond.

an image of Loch Morlich with a tanka poem by Xenia Tran

Last month we were honoured and delighted to have the above taiga (a haiga with a tanka) featured as part of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. Twenty-one taiga were featured in total, created by tanka poets from around the world.

Christine L Villa has now brought these contributions together in a beautiful video for all of you to enjoy:

A very big thank you to Susan Burch and Christine L Villa for this wonderful project!

The original tanka and image from which our taiga was created can be seen in last year’s post Zen Meditation.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a beautiful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #27

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Thingamajig

Word of the Day Challenge: Novice

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Tanka: Scintillating Sea

a blue and white whippet sniffing seaweed along the shoreline

soothing waves –
rocks feel steady in wet sand
full of energy
we thank the glittering sea
for brighter new beginnings

© Xenia Tran

iew across Moray Firth with outcrops and narrow beach in the foreground.

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

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #95: All Wet

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #304: Might & Tight (Energy & Steady)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Twinkle

Tanka: Touching the Season

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing buried grass on the beach

deep sand
so many scattered stones
to focus on
along the tidal river
late cherry blossoms bloom

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket striding across the beach

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossoms

Discover Prompt #28: Focus

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching