Tanka: Wild Blooms

a blue and white whippet walking on a hill with wildflowers

wildflowers
blooming white and yellow
in the glen
a burn gurgles and lights
the shadow side of mountains

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream flowing through the glen in Summer

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.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge # 151: Autumn Storm & Darkness

Twiglet #189: Blooming White

Word of the Day Challenge: Benevolent

Sunday Stills: Mountains and Valleys

Tanka: Young at Heart

a black whippet running on a narrow trail through heather

ah the joy
of feeling young again
the scent of heather
from this life to afterlife
in the heavy air

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet running on a narrow trail through heather

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 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Rediscover Your Childhood Joys

Twiglet #187: Heavy Air

Your Daily Word Prompt: Intrepid

Haibun: Memories in Motion

a black whippet walking through the dunes below a pine forest

It’s our first journey to the bay since the hundred days of lockdown. In my mind’s eye we visited this pebbled shore a few times, walking through old photos and the memories collected. Now I can feel the wind buffet around us, see my grandmother’s face appear in the clouds once more.

learning to fly
the kindness of herring gulls
on bright water

© Xenia Tran

During lockdown I’ve been looking at new ways of merging poems and images and participated in a few collaborative projects with other poets, artists and photographers. The above video is the first I wove together and I look forward to learning and sharing more.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx.

Photographs and video by Xenia Tran.

dVerse Poets Poetics: 8th Year Anniversary

Twiglet #185: A Bookish Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Movable

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Tanka: Buck Moon

portrait of a black and white whippet on the beach with a yellow ball

enlightenment
rubs off a little
from the buck moon
even when she rolls away
the sea and sand shimmer

© Xenia Tran

tidal sands and sandbars covered in seaweed

Wishing you all a 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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/6.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #146: Buck Moon

Twiglet #184: Off a Little

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

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.

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1825: Apokoinou

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.

Sunday Stills: Awakening

Twiglet #175: It Hangs Bare

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