Tanka: Still Point

Loch an Eilein

head shots of a black whippet and blue and white whippet looking ahead

ah this joy
when early sun rays
warm the loch
glittering in the reeds
a still point for tomorrows

© Xenia Tran

We wish 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 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1796: New Beginnings … First Sunray

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Daylight

Your Daily Word Prompt: Vital

Tanka: Time Waves

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the sand along the shoreline

line of surf
a sideways glance
reflecting
a passage of time and waves
the pulse of new beginnings

© Xenia Tran

the mouth of the river Findhorn as it flows into the firth

For all of you who celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Hogmanay and a great start to the New Year!

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 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Reflect

Word of the Day Challenge: Begin

Haiku: Periwinkle

two whippets in winter jackets striding across the shingle under a blue sky

relics from the sea
wrapped around the shingle
half shell, half air

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing the shingle side by side

Wishing 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/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #286: Ashes & Cocoon (Relic & Wrap)

Your Daily Word Prompt: Discover

Tanka: Taking it Easy

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

on colder days
the curdled white in blue skies
offers a world
to cherish beside the fire
close to dunes and marram grass

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

Wishing you all a relaxing Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Your Daily Word Prompt: Perceptive

Quadrille: Day-Moon Glow

a blue and white whippet walking across a sandbar, sniffing the ground

In our blue sky the day moon glows, while the sun rises
she spreads her hands in tidal flows and nature’s sweet surprises

we walk on in gratitude for all the love she shows
seals cast us a knowing glance, grace in gentle guises.

© Xenia Tran

a common seal swimming in the tidal flow, looking slightly past us

This quadrille is also a ruba’i, a form of Persian poetry, usually written as two couplets or a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba and thirteen syllables per line. Because of the 44-word limit of the quadrille I’ve slightly bent the rules for the ruba’i. You can find an earlier example of a ruba’i in One More Glance, a poem that also features in Between Heather and Grass.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

dVerse Poets: There’s a Shine to the Season

Your Daily Word Prompt: Precious

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

Haibun: Moon Echoes

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

The beach is still covered in driftwood while the sea oozes calm. We come here again and again, for poems and photographs, playing ball and silver shimmies. Yet every day is different. The crispness of the air, the salt on our lips. There’s always a variation, a moment within us, born anew.

the circles in life
as round as December’s moon
echoes, echoes

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #116: Cold Moon

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flourish

Your Daily Word Prompt: Invoke

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #256

Haiku: All Quiet

two whippets sniffing a driftwood tree on the beach

so free
the gentle ways of nature
restoring herself

© Xenia Tran

seagulls bobbing in the tidal lagoon, others sunning on the sandbar

Wishing you all a peaceful 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 – 1-1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Peace

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #283: Placid & Wild

Your Daily Word Prompt: Quiet