Tanka: Autumn Glories

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking between pine and birch trees in the forest

leafless birch
a sense of home folded
in dappled light
we look up at the trees
across the rippled water

© Xenia Tran

a puddle reflecting the sky and nearby shrubs on the beach

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Haiku: Sea Breeze

a brindle whippet in a warm jacket striding out across the beach

sea breeze
glittering through the trees
a new horizon

© Xenia Tran

a pale blue autumn sky above a sapphire sea

Wishing you all a happy Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US, and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #153

Haibun: Natural Instinct

a brindle whippet in a red jacket walking through a tidal pool

The morning sun warms our faces and paints the rocks in amber and brown. After a cold, clear night, the sky’s pastel-blue is reflected in scattered tidal pools. Sea lettuce waves in the shallows, bladderwrack rests on rippled sand. Gutweed glitters between the barnacles stuck to exposed boulders. Misty walks through the water and even to us, it looks inviting. She slowly moves forward, careful not to make a sound. It is only then I realise, our twelve-and-a-half-year-old forever foster is stalking a crow.

instant recall
the bird with a crab
gets away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket running across rippled sand

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #152

Word of the Day Challenge: Invitation

Haibun: Northern Breeze

a brindle whippet in a red jacket turning away from marram grass

Most of the forecast rain blows over and we take a chance to head for the coast. Misty sniffs the marram grass, already turning gold in places. We navigate our way through the dunes, following a trail of boot and paw prints. Side by side we pause where the light bursts through the clouds, showing us a glimpse of blue.

fresh northerlies –
a pied wagtail chirrups
near the stones

© Xenia Tran

light breaking through low hanging clouds over the sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #224: Exposure

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #151

Tanka: Autumn Dance

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking on the loch shore

autumn’s dance
clouds rise and rise
to reveal
ancient pine and golden birch
at the foot of each mountain

© Xenia Tran

low cloud hanging above the trees, obscuring the mountain

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #150

Haiku: Intricate Reflections

a brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

gentle rain
leaves and lichen glitter
in the day’s peace

© Xenia Tran

close up of pine needles and lichen on the forest floor

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #149 – Puddle Reflections

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intricate

Haiku: Rising Sounds

Black Linn Falls

close up of a brindle whippet in a purple harness in the forest

rising skywards
what we sense and follow
the sound of water

© Xenia Tran

silky waterfalls in the river Braan

We are delighted that our haiku Eyes so Blue, first published in Presence #72, March 2022, has been included in the Dawn Returns, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2022. Warm thanks to John J Han for including my poem in this beautiful collection.

Front Cover of HSA Members' Anthology 2022

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #148

Tanka: New-Found Sparkle

close up of a brindle whippet looking up to her right in the forest

admiring
rocks and waterfalls
autumn leaves
the streams that thread
a new-found sparkle

© Xenia Tran

a waterfall with multiple streams cascading down over the rocks

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #147

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Admire

Haiku: Island Autumn

a brindle whippet in a purple harness on the banks of a river

island autumn
bird song and water
wash over the stones

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA, Issue 13, November 2022

a small island in the river flowing between autumnal hills

Wishing you all a happy Monday,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #219: Treasure Hunt

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #146

Tanka: The Same Light

a brindle whippet walking on the sandy banks of a river

autumn colours
the same light mapping
our moment
on the banks of a river
where others walked before

© Xenia Tran

the river Tay in early autumn with ducks bathing in the foreground

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Moment

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #145