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 – Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

Haiku: Firefly

a black whippet standing in a garden by a low wooden fence and japanese lantern

white currant blossom
in a world of his own
this little fly

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of white currant blossom and a little fly

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: The Way of the Gardener, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 10 June 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Craig Kittner and post manager Lori Zajkowski for putting this edition together.

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #142: Firefly

Word of the Day Challenge: Joy

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Haiku: Misty Rain

silhouette of a whippet by a rock on a misty beach

misty rain
we walk with you in spirit
even when unseen

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a man carrying a canoe in the mist

For more than fifty years I have taken part in peaceful demonstrations and art projects in support of equality and fair treatment of all. We have come a long way and still have further to travel to create a world where everyone feels welcome.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125 and f/6.3 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #141: Justice

dVerse Poets Poetics: Rain

Tanka Prose: Circles and Spirals

a blue and white whippet in a pink harness on the beach

Walking through the dunes the scent of gorse reminds me of sun cream, our bike rides to the sea. It’s your birthday today. You would have been sixty-eight. I can imagine you silver-haired, your smile and wit still bouncing.

meditating
the circles and spirals of
a driftwood root ball
the place in our lives you held
still dearly in our hearts

© Xenia Tran

a path through the dunes with blooming gorse and marram grass

In memory of our much-loved uncle Leo (1952-1997).

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #140: Summer Meadow – Memorial Day

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Like a Circle in a Spiral

Tanka: Arctic Breeze

one whippet on top of a rock and another whippet below on the beach

enlightenment
at all angles the arctic
scent passes
of glaciers and polar bears
who share our history too

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets by a rock inside a tidal pool

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Jez Braithwaite’s I’m a Fan of … #68: Freshness

Frank J Tassone’s Weeky Haikai Challenge #139: Fragrant Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Refresh

Tanka: Young Deer

a black whippet in a black jacket walking across seaweed-covered outcrops

a foaming sea
shapes the shore’s rocks and shells
round and round
even the fawns remember
how to dance between trees

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking behind seaweed-covered stones

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 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #138: Fawn

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pronounced

Haiku: Flower Moon

a blue and white whippet sniffing some sand on the beach

flower moon
painting her own rainbow
in the tidal line

© Xenia Tran

snow covered peaks across the water with seaweed along the nearside tidal line

Wishing you all clear skies to see the Flower Moon tonight and a peaceful 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/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #137: Flower Moon

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge #18: Make Your Own Rainbow

Word of the Day Challenge: New

Tanka: Touching the Season

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing buried grass on the beach

deep sand
so many scattered stones
to focus on
along the tidal river
late cherry blossoms bloom

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket striding across the beach

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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossoms

Discover Prompt #28: Focus

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching

Tanka: Moon Notes

two whippets playing on a sandbar at low tide

parting clouds
the new moon guides a dance
of new beginnings
where pine line sweeping sands
their song swings in the distance

© Xenia Tran

a hazy morning with light through the clouds above the beach and water

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #135: New Moon

Discover Prompt #23: Note

Your Daily Word Prompt: Distance

Haibun: Looking Back

a blue and white whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Looking at the photographs from a beach walk in early March brings a smile to our faces. A young Labrador was photo-bombing along and deaf to his owner’s whistle.

Eivor and Pearl squeal with delight every time we pull into this car park . They teach us how exciting it is to see a familiar place with fresh eyes. Treasuring these moments, I often wish they last a little longer.

easter lilies
the white tail of a dog waving
at the flying sky

© Xenia Tran

head shot of a smiling blue and white whippet looking back and up

Whilst we’re in lockdown I’ll be posting a few images from walks taken earlier in the year whenever they fit in with a prompt or photo challenge.

The images above were taken on 1st March 2020. Little did we know then how much our lives would change.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and hope you stay safe and well.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #92: Going Back

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #134: Easter Lily

Discover Prompt #13: Teach