Tanka Prose: The Pier at Findochty

One of the pastimes my husband and I enjoy during this lockdown is going through old photographs of places we visited.

On a beautiful day in December 2019 we drove to the small fishing village of Findochty on the Moray Coast. We chatted with some friendly local people, walked around with our dogs and took a few photographs. It was the first time we had come here in Winter and we loved the beauty of the light in the cold air. I wrote a few poems while we were there, including this one.

white sculpture of a seated fisherman overlooking Findochty harbour

Most of the sailing boats are on the quayside, masts folded. Fresh paintwork glitters in the morning sun. There is still the odd ice patch, in the shadows of the harbour. A small dog slips as he scampers up the brae.

watching over us
a seated fisherman
full of stories
my eyes begin to wander
past the lighthouse, out to sea

© Xenia Tran

the piers at the harbour mouth of Findochty

The Pier at Findochty was first published in Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1. A very big thank you to Susan Weaver and the team at Ribbons for putting this beautiful edition together.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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swan parents with two cygnets swimming between boats and plantoons

 

cygnets and swans
between boats, pontoons
strings of algae
draped around young feathers
the wind stays out at sea

© Xenia Tran

 

two cygnets swimming in the harbour by a small boat

 

 

a cygnet pruning her feathers in the harbour

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: 1/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320 s, ISO 250 and f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320.

 

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a swan glides pas a pontoon and boats (seen only in water reflections) in the harbour

 

fisherman’s boat
a swan glides by to see
the harbour

© Xenia Tran

 

 

a swan leans over to inspect inside a small fishing boat in the harbour

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6, 1/200 s, ISO 100 and f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 100.

 

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