Haiku: Winter’s Heatwave

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

spirit breathes
in stillness of hazy blue
winter’s heatwave

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet playing in the sun on tidal sands

 

view over the Moray Firth at low tide

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful warm days this February with the local temperature reaching 17C.

Wishing you all 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

 

Wordless Wednesday: Dreamy Mountain

Cairngorms National Park

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet in black winter jackets on a mountain trail with views of Loch Morlich

 

a black whippet looking over his shoulder on a mountain trail and a blue whippet sniffing the heather

 

View over Loch Morlich with all the snow gone

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

The Snow Melts Somewhere Friendly Friday: Dreamy

 

Tanka: The Hawk’s Eye

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket and grey thermals beside a bush on the loch shore

 

frozen puddles
winds flock in the sky
the hawk’s eye
oh to see so many worlds
weaving through the trees

© Xenia Tran

 

view from the east over Loch Morlich with frozen pools on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

 

Carpe Diem #1595: Hawk (taka)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Camouflage

 

Wordless Wednesday: A Wander by the Loch

Cairngorms National Park

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket and thermals running onto the lochside beach from the forest

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket and thermals sniffing an evergreen shrub on the loch shore.

 

two whippets in maroon winter jackets and thermals on the beach by Loch Morlich

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, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Wanderlust

 

Wordless Wednesday: Part of Our World

 

a blue whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the grass and a black whippet in a winter jacket enjoying the view

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket walking through tall golden grass on top of a hill

 

view above the pine trees over Glen Oykel in the mist and rain

 

Whatever the weather it’s always a real treat to spend time in nature and immerse ourselves in the landscape.

This is one of the viewpoints along the trail from yesterday’s long post A Walk in Rosehall Forest. You can see a different section from the trail under drier, and colder, weather conditions in New Horizons.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Immerse

 

A Walk in Rosehall Forest

 

 

On days with forecast showers we love to walk in the forests. To avoid the crowds in the National Park, we headed for Rosehall Forest in Sutherland. With a mixture of pine, spruce, firs and beech, there is always some tree-cover close by when we need it.

The log cabin that welcomes us by the car park was built by community volunteers. It has a few chairs and tables and information boards which tell you about the history of the forest. Since most of the nearby cafes are closed for Winter, this is a good spot for a picnic when it rains.

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a forest trail beside young trees and brown grass

 

A former deer park, Rosehall Forest is now owned by the forestry commission. Horse-drawn carriages used to travel along these wider tracks. Today the track is used as a logging road and part of a sustainable working forest.

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket running on a narrow forest trail

 

There are several narrow paths off the main track, which are great for whippet zoomies. You can walk in a loop or follow these paths deeper into one section of the forest and link up with other paths later. The suggested trails combine into a 9km/5.5 mile walk and you can extend this further if you want to.

 

view of a flowing stream from the forest trail above in Winter

 

The main path continues to climb and crosses a flowing burn with moss-covered banks. The sound of water tumbling over the stones follows us into the forest.

 

a sign with a poem about the otter on the bank of a flowing stream in Rosehall Forest

 

On the banks of the burn that flows through the forest we find a sign designed by pupils from the local primary school. It has a picture of an otter and a poem that reads:

I catch only a glimmer
as you shine and shimmer
for a second in the sunlit water
I wish I could dive and slide and play
and share your world for just one day

 

two whippets in black winter jackets walking side by side down a narrow forest trail

 

The paths between the trees are soft underfoot and very kind on the pads of dogs too. The banks on either side are covered in pale grass, moss and winter heather.

 

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At the highest point of the trail the light is bright, even in the drizzle. Green grass grows among the gold. Climbing over the brow we catch a glimpse of Strath Oykel.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket climbing onto a bank beside a forest trail

 

The forest is home to sika deer and other wildlife. Although Eivor is curious about deer, he won’t chase them. If you’re walking here with dogs with a strong instinct for hunting, this is a good place to keep them close or put them on the lead before descending back into the deeper forest.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket looking between the trees from a forest trail

 

The path winds further down to join the main path where we started our walk. Some of the mosses and lichens that grow on the lower ground are very similar to those found in the Celtic rainforests of the West.

 

close up shot of raindrops hanging of the branch of a fir tree

We hope you enjoyed our little stroll in the rain. There will be a few more images from the trail in tomorrow’s post Part of Our World.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Angle

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bank

 

Haiku: Happiness

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth, blue mountains across the water

 

rising
with the sun
happiness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets playing on a sandbar on the Moray Firth, a golden glow from the rising sun across the water

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/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

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