Tan Renga: Temple Bells


purple heather and scabiosa in bloom among long grass and stones


a hoverfly
heather and scabiosa
in purple hues                                                          © Xenia Tran

the temple bell stops but I still hear
the sound coming out of the flowers                  © Matsuo Basho


close up shot of hoverfly on purple scabiosa flower

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.
With love from Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/800 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 100.


Kristjaan at Carpe Diem has invited us to create a hokku for this Tan Renga with the given second stanza lines by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). A Tan Renga is a short chained poem written by two poets. It looks very similar to a Tanka, but a Tanka is written by one poet.


Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 – III (5): The Temple Bell Stops

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September Y3 (extractable)


Author: Tranature - quiet moments in nature

The stories, poems and photographs on Tranature are the original creative work of Xenia Tran, inspired by the natural surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

20 thoughts on “Tan Renga: Temple Bells”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Cathy, it is a lot of fun to Tan Renga! 😁 A wonderful weekend to you too and much love from all of us here 🙂💖🐕 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lois 💜 Tan Renga is a lot of fun and there is also something very special about linking words across time with poets from another culture and another era. I hope you are having a great weekend and much love to you, Parker and Piper from all of us here 🙂💖 xxx

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