Wordless Wednesday: Where Spirits Flow

a blue and white whippet on a mountain trail beside a stream
close up of a waterfall with the face of an old man in a tall hat appearing in the flow

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of our fine Autumn weather and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 125, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #46

Haibun: Mist Rising

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

We’ve had some heavy rain the last few days. The weather was wild in the North with gale force winds, flinging our last apples from the tree. We’ll leave these for the hedgehogs, the visiting birds.

autumn accepts
the river roaring past
mist rising

© Xenia Tran

Shin Falls in autumn, swollen with rain

We hope everyone stayed safe and dry over the weekend.

Wishing 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/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #111: Withering Wind

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #278: Vapor & Howl

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Duende

Wordless Wednesday: Oh So Fresh

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

water cascading down the side of Knockan Crag
a black whippet sniffing the grass and a smiling blue whippet walking down the trail beside him

We’re very grateful to enjoy this freshness after the rain and relive some of these lovely moments.

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 – 1/400 s – ISO 160, f/3.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 320 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rectangles

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nostalgia

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sublimity

Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Unlimited

Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt: Fortitude

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #243

This double haibun features as two separate poems in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Wordless Wednesday: Alt na Bodachan

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing the bluebells in front of a cascading burn
a black whippet in a black jacket looking over his right shoulder in front of a cascading burn, a blue and white whippet sniffing bluebells in the background
cascading waters of Alt na Bodachan in Glen Affric in Spring

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Splash

Haibun: A View from Above

Glen Affric

a black whippet in a black jacket walking on a forest trail with spring grass and heather

The trail climbs between birch and Douglas fir. Protected from the breeze it carries us higher and higher. We hear water gushing below, the sound of insects humming.

wrapped around
these hills and glens
the hearts of many

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets sniffing the spring grass along a woodland trail

We stop to sniff the grass. Our companion finds the courage to walk onto a wooden platform and gaze over the cascading falls of Abhainn Deabhag.

in the bends
a burn and river meet
their own universe

© Xenia Tran

water falls and cascades, pine trees and rock where the Abhainn Deabhag joins Alt na Bodachan

You can see images of the viewing platform in our post Plodda Falls on our sister blog Tranature. It is a real treat to walk here.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Luxury

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Courage

Haiku: Nature’s Voice

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with green heather and spring leaves

climbing the hill
the voice of the bubbling burn
a true companion

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking down onto a burn between the trees
the lower part of a water fall splashing into a burn with smaller cascades around it

(‘burn’ is a Scottish word for ‘stream’)

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/200 s ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 100.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinguish

Becca’s Nurturing Thursdays: Focus

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass under the title Allt na Bodachan. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Tanka: Moonlight Lingers

waterfall flowing over rocks, a face appears in the tumbling flow

winter moon
reflected in waterfalls
her spirit
familiar and soothing
beyond her sweep of sky

© Xenia Tran

action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running over a brow towards the camera, followed by a black whippet
action shot of a blue whippet in a winter jacket running up a hill towards the camera, followed by a black whippet

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/30 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/100 s, ISO 200.

Carpe Diem #1580: Moonlight

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Partner

Tanka: Two as One

Cairngorms National Park

 

water cascading down a mountain stream over large stones

 

living water
touching the stones
two as one
our hearts meet in a dream
the present will follow

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in winter jackets and snoods bending down together to sniff something on top of the mountain

 

two whippets in winter jackets and snoods bending down together to sniff something on top of the mountain

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4, 1/160 s, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 160 and f/5.6, 1/125 s, ISO 400.

 

Carpe Diem #1513: Dreamer

Paula’s Thursday’s Special Pick a Word in October Y3: Gushing

 

Haiku: Leaping Salmon

 

head shot of a black whippet looking ahead, ears raised and highly alert

 

a force for good
salmon leap above the flow
of falling water

© Xenia Tran

 

a salmon leaping against the flow near the top of a powerful waterfall

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6, 1/40 s, ISO 1600 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

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