Tanka: Celebration

outcrops with seaweed at low tide

sky holds blue
each route at the crossroads
guided by a star
to celebrate our journeys
with poems old and new

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking on tidal sands

A very big thank you and many congratulations to Kristjaan Panneman, who founded Carpe Diem Haiku Kai eight years ago today.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed 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 – 1/1200 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Celebrates its 8th Anniversary

Twiglet #196: Sky Hold Blue

Eve Castle’s Tanka Thursday: Crossroads

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-2 (Volte Face)

Haiku: Changing Patterns

a black whippet running along the beach with a ball

healing the past
nature smooths the lines
of old defences

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on the beach beside the dunes

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Rift & Span)

Word of the Day Challenge: Pattern

Haiku: Morningtide

two whippets walking across tidal sands towards the sea

daybreak
a band of mist rises
into blue

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands with exposed rocks and seaweed

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #321: Morrow & Surge (daybreak & rise)

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Estival)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bask

Haiku: Still this Green

a black whippet in a black harness walking through grass

autumn woods
still this green holding
on to blue

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet looking up in the forest

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 – 1/60 s – ISO 125, f/2.8 – 1/80s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

We are deeply honoured and delighted that the above haiku has subsequently been featured as part of the World Haiku Series 2019 organised by the Akita International Haiku Network, together with a Japanese translation by Hidenori Hiruta.

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October (Yr 4) – Symbiotic

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: How Green is Blue

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Haiku: Breath of Love

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

moving layers
dunes built by bent grass
a breath of love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking through the dunes

The forecast ‘Indian Summer’ has arrived in the Highlands and we’re enjoying some beautiful warm weather.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Breathe

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Yr 4) – Hot Dog

Word of the Day Challenge: Love

Haiku: Earthward

a smiling black whippet running across the beach

a mile wide
the dog’s smile lands
between the pebbles

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet leaping across a tidal pool

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 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in August Yr 4 (Earthward, Coeval)

Twiglet #140: A Mile Wide

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pebble

Word of the Day Challenge: Zone

Quadrille: All That Glitters

a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

this summer blessed with sun
we walked ten miles and talked
of shorelines and geology
beyond amazed what has become
our tidal land, plucked from
desert, sea and glacier
we’re grateful time has brought us near
our gentle surf and all that glitters here

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our Summer break, it’s lovely to be back!

The poem above links to the Cove Bay series we posted during the week before our holiday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday 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.

dVerse Poets: Quadrille #83 & 8th Anniversary

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gratitude

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in July (Yr 4) – bichrome, refulgent

Tanka: Loch Morlich

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet, both in black jackets, looking at the camera on a forest trail

at peace
celestial voices
crossing water
their talk of pine-clad mountains
streams into my heart

© Xenia Tran

view across Loch Morlich from the west shore towards the snow-capped mountains

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 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Twiglet #121: Voices Crossing Water

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (resplendent, alluring)

Haiku: Mountain Song

close up of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar sniffing among spring heather

letting the light rest
between glen and mountainside
birds are singing

© Xenia Tran

close up profile shot of a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink and write collar among spring heather

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #79: Twittering

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Sunshine

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in April Y4 (alluring, timeworn)

Wordless Wednesday: Scents of Winter

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff the ground between bent grass

 

two whippets in winter jackets walking towards the beach across shingle between bent grass

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/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Paula’s Thursday’s Specials: Pick a Word in December Y3: Golden, Maroon, Aquamarine