Wordless Wednesday: Smiling River

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling black and white whippet on a riverbank
the river Feshie in Spring

The river is bubbling and flowing with snowmelt.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Laughter

Word of the Day Challenge: Fresh

Haibun: Sometimes the Wind

a blue and white whippet snoozing on the floor touching the front paws of a black whippet

The wind has changed direction and it’s best to stay at home. It’s blowing straight from the Arctic and, just for a short while, we get a sense of life in another place, far away from here. A place where the sun rarely sets in Summer and barely rises in Winter. A place with polar bears, reindeer and huskies. A place similar to what it was like here, thousands and thousands of years ago.

snow flurries
children roll their eggs
for easter

© Xenia Tran

close up of a blue and white whippet in a pink fleece

Wishing you all a happy Monday and, if you’re in Northern Scotland, may you stay safe and warm!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Egg

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142: You Pick It!

Word of the Day Challenge: Sometimes

Wordless Wednesday: A Trail of Crumbs

profile of two whippets in black jackets on the beach
two whippets in black jackets sniffing driftwood on the beach

The tides have been very high, leaving driftwood close to the dunes where it gets covered by soft sand.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/3.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Crumbs

Tanka: Soaring Spirit

close up of a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach looking into the distance

above the hills
and the gulls that hover
in limitless blue
there’s a space we call home
that lives inside us too

© Xenia Tran

two herring gulls soaring in a blue sky

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Limit

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ace

Word of the Day Challenge: Purity

Tanka: Circles

a smiling whippet in a black jacket walking across dry grass

ah the smell
of gorse blooming
here in the wetlands
the circle of seasons
continues to bring us peace

© Xenia Tran

the first gorse in bloom for the season

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200.

PI Poetry Prompt: Circle

Lens-Artist Weekly Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Word of the Day Challenge: Sniff


Haibun: Natural Light

a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey jacket sniffing the stones on the beach

The temperature has dipped and yesterday’s snow lingers on the higher ground. The light bounces through scattered clouds as we walk along the soft sand. The tide is rolling in. Even with restrictions in place there’s freedom in each movement.


quick water
a flock of geese
is heading north

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a whippet in a jacket walking across tidal sands

Wishing you all a happy Monday and happy International Women’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

My maternal grandmother was a very kind and spirited woman who pursued her dream to become a GP and cared for others during her entire life.

If you missed the poem we shared on Twitter earlier today, you can read it here:

Grandma Alice poem by Xenia Tran with old black and white photograph of her grandmother
(From Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, Voices from Poets – dVerse Anthology, 2017)

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

Weekend Sky #19

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pursuit

Word of the Day Challenge: Free

Haibun: Serendipity

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking on the beach

Now the snow has melted snowdrops and crocus begin to bloom. Swans are renewing their bond, young gulls are scouting for nest sites. Seasons continue to loop as if there’s no pandemic. There’s a chill from the eastern wind, even though the temperature is rising.

mirror, mirror
the sky’s blue in
every wave

© Xenia Tran

close up of the waves and surf near the tidal line

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/640 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Renewal

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Repeating Shapes

Word of the Day Challenge: Serendipity

Wordless Wednesday: Someone Watching Over Us

two whippets in winter jackets on a tidal beach with rocks
a mature herring gull standing on a seaweed-covered rock

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, Setings: f/4.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 500 s – ISO 100 and f/6.3 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Theme

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

Tanka: Tenderness

a blue and white whippet sniffing frost-covered stones on the beach

hoarfrost
the light searches
for souvenirs
near seaweed and shaded sands
where thin ice lingers

© Xenia Tran

seaweed and leaves covered in hoarfrost

Wishing you all a wonderful 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/5 – 1/100 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Search

PI Poetry Prompt: Thin Ice

Word of the Day Challenge: Tenderness