Haibun: Moving Earth

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

Top half of the Puzzle Wall at Knockan Crag, Sutherland

The Puzzle Wall at Knockan Crag shows traces of tropical marine creatures in the bottom layers below a layer of lime-rich mud. Above rests an even older layer, nearly half a billion years old. Scotland was part of the same continent as North America back then. The closing of a huge ocean led to a collision of two continents and the force of this collision thrust up these older rocks to make them top of the pile. This at least, is the theory. Touching part of the puzzle with my hands brings up a tingling sensation.

layer upon layer
how the earth moves
truth’s her art

© Xenia Tran

the trail at Knockan Crag with history depicted on painted stones

The clouds bring light relief from the blazing Summer sun. Along the trail we’re invited to take one hundred million year steps and follow Scotland as it drifts across the planet. Six hundred million years ago, Scotland is near the South Pole. Five hundred million years ago, Scotland is part of North America. Three hundred million years ago, Scotland is near the equator. We’ve seen the evidence of this in the beautiful rocks at Cove Bay, the sandstone reminding us the area was once a hot and arid desert.

rolling ball
a sculpture on the hill
mirrors our world

© Xenia Tran

a close up shot of the Globe sculpture at Knockan Crag

Moss is growing between the slate on Joe Smith’s beautiful Globe. Ferns and heather release delicate scents in the breeze. The lochs are glittering below when we look back and see how far we’ve already traveled on this journey. Before we leave, my hand hovers above the Pipe Rock in the Puzzle and its gentle pulse. It makes me wonder what landscape we’ve come from, what landscape we’ll return to.

one by one
stags run down the mountain
into cooler seas

© Xenia Tran

view west from Knockan Crag with the Globe sculpture in the foreground

You can see more photographs and another haibun from Knockan Crag in Deep Time on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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Haiku: Lands of Dream

Loch Fleet

snoozing and sleeping harbour seals and grey seals on a sandbar in Loch Fleet

snoozing seals
in their wild lands of dream
the road vanished

© Xenia Tran

a grey seal on the edge of a sandbar, tail fin in the air, and another grey seal snoozing
four snoozing harbour seals on a sandbar

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/.6 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/6.3 – 1/160 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/640 s – ISO 400.

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Haiku: Celtic Mist

stones near Bonar Bridge in the morning mist

a pinch of fog
pulling up a seat
by the river

© Xenia Tran

morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground
morning mist lifting above the Dornoch Firth, a wooden bench in the foreground

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/7.1 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/4 – 1/800 – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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We are delighted that the above haiku has been included in the Haiku Foundation’s Earth Rise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019. Our haiku A Drop of Bliss and Garden Buddha are also included. A very big thank you to Jim Kacian and all at the Haiku Foundation who helped put this project together.

Haibun: Snapdragon Moon

macro shot of a raindrop hanging from pink and yellow snapdragon

The early morning drizzle is full of promise. Scorched fields of grass and droopy gardens sigh with relief when the promise turns to rain. After a heatwave and hose-ban to preserve diminishing pools of water flowers raise their heads in gratitude, singing full of colour.

snapdragon
from the edge of satin
her own moon

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of a raindrop hanging from pink and yellow snapdragon

It is such a treat to have some rain again.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/1000 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 100 with DMW-LC55 lens.

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Tanka: Dappled Light

 

a male and female mallard duck resting under a bush

 

under a bush
ducks resting on spring grass
dappled light
ahead of his love and her nest
a swan guards the river

© Xenia Tran

 

 

a male swan guarding the river at low tide

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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Haiku: Wandering Clouds

 

four male mallard ducks swimming through a pond

 

splash of water
clouds wandering
across the pond

© Xenia Tran

 

tree-lined pond with a bird hide across the water

With love from Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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