Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

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: 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

Haiku: A Sense of Peace

a blue and white whippet sniffing the side of an outcrop on the beach

a sense of peace
hangs bare in the unmasking
of the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

view across the Moray Firth with snow on the peaks across the water

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Unmask

Tanka: Clean Sweep

two smiling whippets in winter jackets running on the beach

morning run
the air that greets us
a little salty
the way our shadows follow
dunes and beach swept clean

© Xenia Tran

a blue sky with dispersed clouds in a windy sky above a beach and choppy sea

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #93: Morning

Twiglet #173: A Little Salty

Your Daily Word Prompt: Nuance

Haiku: Wild Sea

a black whippet in a winter jacket running beside a wild sea

a wild sea
the day meets and passes
keeping its fizz

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running beside a wild sea with a pink ball

These photographs were taken on 1st March 2020 before the lockdown. You can see more images from the same walk in our March 2020 posts Approaching Spring, Waves of Gratitude, Worm Moon Sky and in yesterday’s post Looking Back.

I’m using the restrictions during the lockdown as an opportunity to share images from walks taken earlier this year to help lift our spirits.

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/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #23

Sunday Stills: Lifted Spirits

Twiglet #171: Kept its Fizz

Tanka Prose: Pink Moon Rising

a whippet in a winter jacket running across the beach

Dewdrops glitter on freshened leaves, lemon sunlight touches the grass. Our hair grows long while the shops stay closed, nature breathes easy in the open.

one more run
on these wind-swept sands
a kind place
will stay with us
when the pink moon rises

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket standing on a wind-swept beach

Our thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones and our gratitude flows to all the health, care and supply workers who are holding everything together.

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/4 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Word of the Day Prompt: Grace

Tanka: Holding Light

a blue and white whippet walking through a tidal lagoon

holding light
the way it happens
when a heart opens
in this new, quiet landscape
where angels can be heard

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking away from a tidal lagoon

We are staying positive for the dogs and they are a great help in filling us with hope for the future.

We hope you all stay well and healthy and wish you a peaceful Thursday and a beautiful 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 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hope

Twiglet #170: Holding Light

Discover-Prompt #2: Open

Tanka: Amplified in Glitter

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail with snow in the heather

beneath the sky
the last clean fields of snow
we’ll take our chance
to climb and see you again
amplified in glitter

© Xenia Tran

mount cairngorm covered in snow, seen through and above the pine trees

We hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Tuesday and for those of you who celebrate, a beautiful St Patrick’s Day too 🍀

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 200, f/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo (green, trees, landscape)

Twiglet #168: You Again

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Clean

Haiku: Wind of Ice

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the shore of Loch Morlich

wind of ice
the hoot of an owl echoes
down the well

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets beside pine trees on the loch shore

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

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