Between Heather and Grass: #Poems and #Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran @WhippetHaiku

For those of you not familiar with Eivor and Pearl’s poetic adventures, Cathy Ryan shares a beautiful review of Between Heather and Grass on her blog today. Thank you so much for sharing this Cathy, we’re so happy you enjoy the book! xxx

Author: Xenia Tran

Published: November 2019 by Holistic Linguistics

Category: Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Verse, Book Review

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Welcome to Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets, our beautiful, soulful sequel to Sharing Our Horizon and our second book for whippet lovers, dog lovers and lovers of nature. The book features poetry, breathtaking photographs of the Scottish Highlands, and our two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl. The majority of the poems are haiku, haibun and tanka, written in rhythm with the seasons. The poems and photographs illuminate each other and are both calming and inspiring, inviting you to dip into this collection many times over.

Between Heather and Grass is Xenia Tran’s second book of verse, complete with photographs of the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and not forgetting her two gorgeous rescue whippets. The complementary poetry and photos capture the majesty of…

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Tanka: Breath of Peace

a winding woodland trail between pine trees and douglas fir

a place to sit
beneath the trees
with deeper hues
autumn breathing in and out
this peace, this peace

© Xenia Tran

sculpted seats from remnants of trees in an autumn woodland

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the US tomorrow,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Peace

Tanka: Hoarfrost

macro shot of a curled brown autumn leaf covered in ice crystals

brown leaves
sparkling with frost
a robin calls
his song becomes the star
my compass for the day

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of brown and green leaves covered in hoarfrost

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/60 s – ISO 200 and f/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 125.

Carpe Diem #1785: Hoarfrost

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #73: Cold

Cee’s Flower of the Day (Autumn Leaves)

Tanka: Two Herons

Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

a mature blue heron waiting on tidal stones and exposed seaweed

two herons
waiting on tidal stones
one young, one old
a calm we understand
at the heart of it all

© Xenia Tran

tide flowing out at Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 500, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #72: Waiting

Sunday Stills: Calm

Tanka: Mountain Frog

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

side by side
letting each other be
the frog and I
his eyes a lake of gold
high up in the mountains

© Xenia Tran

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Close Up

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spacious

Tanka: Into the World

newly hatched
brimming with a lust for life
a cygnet
swimming beside his father
spring’s first hello

© Xenia Tran

at home
in the water, on land
a cygnet grows
strong wings, white feathers
autumn’s first farewell

© Xenia Tran

The most spirited and independent of the seven cygnets has flown the nest and we wish him well on his new journey.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160; f/5.6, 1/800 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 320; f/5.6, 1/400 s, ISO 100; f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 125 and f/6.3, 1/160 s, ISO 400.

Carpe Diem #1556: Fleeting Autumn (yuki aki)

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Things with Wings

Tanka: Parallels

 

close up of a young crow on seaweed mixed with tidal sand

 

crow’s feast
between here and there
Samhain
honouring who came before
their spirits ever near

© Xenia Tran

 

an oystercatcher wading along the shoreline and three crows in the foreground on stones with sand and seaweed

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5, 1/320 s, ISO 125.

 

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2018: Love Eternally

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #58: Samhain