Haibun: Wild and Blue

a whippet in a winter jacket by a hut made from driftwood on the beach

The strong winds have carried more driftwood to the beach. Some branches are chopped up and taken away to dry out for wood burners and open fires. Other pieces have been used to build shelters and huts along the beach. It brings a bit of joy and surprise whilst we are in lockdown.

snow-capped hills
still the sea flows in and out
a glacier blue

© Xenia Tran

a funnel cloud spreading above a glacier-blue sea

Wishing 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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 -1/800 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/400 s – ISO 200 and f/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 1000.

Sunday Stills: Glacier Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Wildly

Wordless Wednesday: Dazzling Light of Winter

two whippets in winter jackets in a park with frozen grass and leaves
a whippet in a winter jacket smelling the root of a tree

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/60 s – ISO 250.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Dazzling

Haiku: Scent of a New Day

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the frozen grass side by side

silver frost
dogs pick up the scent
of a new day

© Xenia Tran

a cairn and bench overlooking the Moray Firth with snow on the peaks across the water

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 125.

Word of the Day Challenge: Picking

Tanka: Blanket of Snow

two whippets in winter jackets running on tidal sands

on the hills
a blanket of snow
with a pure heart
we look forward to tomorrow
and better days to come

© Xenia Tran

snow capped hills across the firth and Brent geese on an outcrop by the beach in the foreground

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 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Blanket

Wordless Wednesday: Along the Tidal Line

two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands
two whippets in winter jackets playing on tidal sands

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lineament

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

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Holidays!

slightly panned action shot of a smiling blue and white whippet in a jacket zooming through the dunes
two whippets running past each other on a steep dune above the beach

We are taking a short blogging break for the holidays and will return on Wednesday 30 December.

Wishing you all a peaceful week ahead and those of you who celebrate a blessed Christmas,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/50 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/40 s – ISO 200 and f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Jingle

Haiku: Approaching Spring

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket trotting on the beach with a ball

near and far
the smooth haze
of spring approaching

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach with a ball

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Near and Far

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Smooth

Your Daily Word Prompt: Haze

Wordless Wednesday: Bright and Breezy

a smiling blue and white whippet running on the beach in a winter jacket
close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

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 – 1/2000 – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Wear Bright Colors on Tough Days

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Graceful

Haiku: Treasure Hunting

two whippets in winter jackets bending down to sniff driftwood on the beach

pure heart
two dogs go lovingly
treasure hunting

© Xenia Tran

side on close up shot of two whippets in winter jackets on the beach bending down to sniff the sand

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #85: Treasure Hunt

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #294: Chaste & Taste (Pure & Heart)