Wordless Wednesday: Summer Break

a smiling blue and white whippet turning left onto a path through the dunes
view East along the dunes and cliffs of the Moray Coast in Summer

We’re taking a short Summer Break and wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

You’re welcome to revisit older posts from our archives while we’re away. We’ll swing by to read from time to time and will be back posting here on Wednesday 17th July.

Thank you for all your love and support,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Jolly

Your Daily Word Prompt: Activation

Haibun: Origins

Cove Bay

a window shaped gap in a seaside rock through which we see stones, tidal pools and seaweed on the sand

The stones are dripping with seaweed, marvellous and green between sand and silt, where the water has been. Clambering down these rocks I wonder where their stories began. Like all the other stories floating around us and within us. From wolf to hound. From ancestors whose language I cannot speak, even though it sounds familiar.

waves echo
through the open window
a seagull’s song

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on seaweed covered rocks beside a sea cave's entrance

Below is a video by Julie Fowlis and friends, performing the Gaelic folk song Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach:

You can see more images from Cove Bay in our posts Cove Bay, Rock Around a Cove and Nature’s Layers.

We wish 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 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Layers

Your Daily Word Prompt: Origin

Haiku: Catching Footprints

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands, seaweed and rocks

sheer joy
catching your footprints
in the air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the tidal sands

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday: Jump

Your Daily Word Prompt: Charge

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ingenuity

Haiku: Blue Ocean

profile shot of a blue and white whippet with a purple collar and harness standing on rocky outcrops

blue ocean
her eternity waiting
for our return

© Xenia Tran

turquoise ocean waters shimmering in the bay between two sandy beaches
a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a pink ball

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things

Your Daily Word Prompt: Trust

Twiglet #130: An Eternity Waiting

Haibun: Natural Balance

Raven’s Rock Gorge

a black whippet climbing up a bank in the gorge beside an ancient pine

The trees speak of landslips, the earth falling down on boardwalks that wandered through the gorge beside the glistening water. It’s been a few years that the man-made trail was covered by nature’s own connections. The new found silence tells us, this is a more peaceful way.

green grace
an ancient pine towers
for the ravens

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness sniffing the ground on a forest trail
two whippets on a forest trail beside the large curving trunk of an ancient pine tree

Wishing you all wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tower

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spark

Your Daily Prompt Word: Silence

Haiku: Seagull

a black whippet walking on tidal sands, watching the seagulls look for food in the shallows

soul of the sea
the sweetest movement
between her wings

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black whippet looking kindly into the distance on the beach
a blue and white whippet leaping across the tidal sands, all four paws off the ground

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #254: Sweet & Heart

Your Daily Word Prompt: Empathy

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