Tanka: Two Ways of Seeing

heat-haze
every shade of blue
in sky and water
every shade of water and sky
in the day’s blue

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Monday and wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #154: One Photo Two Ways

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #197: Smoldering Hot (Moyuru)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nuance

Haibun: Flower Moon

For Martina

a black whippet in a raincoat on a wooden platform by a loch

Walking through the glens and hills, we meet other walkers who love being here. The purity, the solitude, the wind moving through the pine. It’s as if their branches are opening wide to greet us with a warm welcome.

It is the day after the funeral of our much loved vet. The family asked anyone who wants to say goodbye to wear something blue.

flower moon
her spirit rises
from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

the southern shore of Lochan Uaine in Spring

We were very sad to learn one of our local vets has died in an accident while hiking in Glencoe, a place she dearly loved.

We thank her for her care and kindness and our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her colleagues at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you all stay safe.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/1.8 – 1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #149: Blue and Green

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #192: Flower Moon

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Flower Moon

Haiku: Clams and Mussels

two whippets in jackets sniffing between the stones on the beach

clams and mussels
a beach abundant with gifts
for the new year

© Xenia Tran

close up of razor clams, autumn leaves and shells

We hope you all had a lovely Hogmanay, even though it would have been a bit different.

The traditional Hogmanay Ceilidh on BBC Alba was also different, with the singers and musicians linking up remotely rather than playing together in one venue.

Below is a video of one of those performances, which has a magic all of its own and unique for these times:

We wish you all a blessed and abundant New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 125.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #171: New Year’ Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Galavant

Tanka: Guests and Geese

a blue and white whippet on a rock in the forest

dogs in coats
colours on the hill change
at their own pace
guests and geese begin
to travel home

© Xenia Tran

a flock of brent geese flying south

Wishing you all a happy Monday and blessed new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #118: Communication

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #159-160: Fall Foliage – Goose

Haibun: Autumn Equinox

a black whippet on a forest trail looking straight at the camera

Climbing the trail towards the Lairig Ghru we are greeted by a sweet and powerful smell of honey. We’ve been walking for an hour with the sun on our backs when Eivor suddenly stops. He looks up at the billowing clouds, then looks at us, his nose twitching to the right. We know what this means and give him a gentle pat before turning back.

autumn equinox
a changing sky lights up
the heather

© Xenia Tran

billowing clouds above the mountains and the sun lighting up the heather

Eivor seems to know how much time we have before the rain reaches us and we always take his advice.

The innate wisdom of the dogs and animals that guide us are a true inspiration and this is Eivor and Pearl’s contribution to Tina’s lovely Inspiration challenge.

In case you missed it, our earlier contribution is here.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a happy Autumn/Spring Equinox tomorrow,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #115: Inspiration

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #3: Moorland

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #157: Autumn Equinox

Word of the Day Challenge: Timely

Haibun: Cool Breeze

a black whippet playing with a ball on the beach

The crowds have left the beaches and a new calm returns. We are grateful the sand remains as pure and clean as we found it in our lockdown days. The rising sun takes the edge of the sharp wind that blows in from the North. As Eivor chases a yellow ball, we reflect how all that’s gone before has brought us to this moment.

new coolness
even in circles the path
remains a path

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #156: New Coolness

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Tan Renga: Such a Hot Day

a blue and white whippet running down a hill

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow

© Kyoshi Takahama

the leaves create music
where grasshoppers sing

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on a hilly forest trail


Kristjaan at Carpe Diem has invited us to create a Tan Renga with the given haiku by Kyoshi Takahama (1874-1958). A Tan Renga is a short, chained poem written by two poets. It looks very similar to a Tanka, but a Tanka is written by one poet.

We wish you all a happy Monday and a blessed week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem: Tan Renga Wednesday #17

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #152: Katydid (Kirigirisu)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ameliorate

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

Haibun: A Star Follows

a black whippet walking through a tidal pool with a ball

The sea retreats as the sun rises, leaving ripples in sand and glittering water. It’s great to be back on the beach. Pearl runs after balls and catches them mid-air. Eivor walks more quietly and gazes past the headland. We both rest our eyes on the mountains and hear a gentle voice saying Stay, stay a little longer.

august moon
walking through tidal pools
a star follows

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running through a tidal pool with a ball

The above haiku is an echo poem to the closing haiku in A Message from the Stars, a tribute to our nephew Jamie Baker (1977-1986) that features in Between Heather and Grass.

Below is a trailer video for the book which includes this haiku, as well as a clip of Eivor and Pearl on the beach you see in the photographs above.

A special post will follow later this month about the money we have raised so far with the sale of the book.

We wish 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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #150: Sturgeon Moon

Sunday Stills: Beautiful Beaches

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #39

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #271

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stars

Haiku: Healing Waters

a black whippet standing on the banks of a mountain stream

cascading water
between pine and birdsong
the healing begins

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream cascading down in small waterfalls, seen from above

Wishing you all a happy Monday 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 – 1/100 – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #149: Waterfall

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #38

Word of the Day Prompt: Initial