Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran (@WhippetHaiku) ~ A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets #Photography #Poetry

A very big thank you from Eivor, Pearl and myself to Cathy Ryan at ‘Between the Lines – Books ‘N’ Stuff‘ for her beautiful review of our book:

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

I enjoy the poetry, prose and photographs to be found on Xenia’s blog, Whippet Wisdom, very much. Xenia has put together a wonderful selection of her work in her debut release, Sharing Our Horizon.

If you’re a dog and/or nature lover this could be a book for you or a lovely gift for someone you know, and at the same time you’d be helping rescue centres care for and rehome abandoned and abused animals, with 60% of the proceeds going to animal charities. Inside Sharing Our Horizons there are  a collection of beautiful photographs and poems, stunning scenery and two gorgeous rescue whippets having fun and enjoying life in the Scottish Highlands. Beaches, glens, forests, sea views and mountains—this book has them all, the photographs complimented by wonderful tanka, haiku and haibun (and vice versa). Here’s one of my favourite verses…

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Tanka: A Lullaby from the Sea

 

two whippets in winter jackets and three people silhouetted against the setting sun on the shoreline

 

silhouettes
shaped by autumn’s lamplight
walkers and dogs
enjoying evening’s splendour
a lullaby from the sea

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets running on the beach with balls in their mouths at twilight

 

twilight blues, purples and golds over the Moray Firth on an outgoing tide

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/160 s, ISO 200 and f/5, 1/125 s, ISO 100.

 

This is our 30th and final contribution for Carpe Diems’s 2018 Autumn Retreat, a retreat where we write haiku, haibun or tanka on the theme ‘Love Eternally’ every day for thirty days. We have contributed fifteen poems on this blog and fifteen poems on our sister blog, Tranature. To see all our contributions and those from other participating poets please follow the link below or type ‘#carpe diems autumn retreat 2018 love’ in your Reader.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1544: Autumn Lamplight (aki no hi)

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio

 

Tanka: Autumn’s Voice

 

black whippet in a black harness and celtic collar striding along the loch shore

 

below the bridge
a waterfall, reflecting
autumn’s voice
a mild day in November
cradled in the breeze

© Xenia Tran

 

Loch an Eilein in autumn colours, water flowing in a small waterfall towards the burn

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Carpe Diem #1539: Autumn’s Voice

Terri’s Sunday Stills: It’s Time

 

Tanka: Flying Hound

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket running on the tidal sands with a green ball

 

one paw
touches the sand
then none
the hound flies on the wind
a trail of sea foam

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket flies across the tidal sands with a green ball

We wish 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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #17: Just for Fun

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sublime

 

Tanka: Ink and Stone

 

two whippets in black jackets and decorative collars looking down from a climbing forest trail

 

on the other side
water gushing down the hills
filling the burn
polishing the rugged stones
writing our new pages

© Xenia Tran

 

clear water running down the hill, between the pine trees, into the stream

 

close up shot of water running down the hill into the stream through a small waterfall

We are so grateful to see the rain filling the burns (streams) and lochs again after a long dry Summer!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2, 1/100 s, ISO 320, f/3.2, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/3.2, 1/200 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem #1518: Inkstone and Pencil

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Rugged

 

Tanka: Two as One

Cairngorms National Park

 

water cascading down a mountain stream over large stones

 

living water
touching the stones
two as one
our hearts meet in a dream
the present will follow

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets and snoods bending down together to sniff something on top of the mountain

 

two whippets in winter jackets and snoods bending down together to sniff something on top of the mountain

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4, 1/160 s, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 160 and f/5.6, 1/125 s, ISO 400.

 

Carpe Diem #1513: Dreamer

Paula’s Thursday’s Special Pick a Word in October Y3: Gushing

 

Tanka: September’s Music

 

two whippets on the beach at low tide

 

close to the shore
waves are making music
we listen, we dance
between seaweed covered stones
the sound of geese returns

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets on the beach at low tide

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.

 

 

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Slippery