Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bollards 14

<Bollards Geelong Australia (14)

Strike up the band Gilhooly
Bring music to our ears
And lighten our hearts

The Bollards form a narrative of the people and events associated through history with Geelong, Victoria. The painted figures represent a whole spectrum of local characters from native inhabitants and explorers to opera singers and lifesavers, as well as preserving and highlighting historic events.
The inspiration for the Bollards came from the artist, Jan Mitchell. Work on the Bollards began in 1995 including nearly a year of extensive research with the last of the figures completed in 1999. ~ Bernard

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Christchurch 2

Autumn Christchurch NZ

Colour surrounds the stream
Leaves clutter the paths
Hopping squirrels don’t mind

The Avon follows a meandering course through Christchurch from its source in the outer western suburb of Avonhead through Ilam, Riccarton and Fendalton, then through Hagley Park and the Central Business District

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Equinox

Summer leaves a warm glow
Fall colours mark the passage
To winter slumbers


"The leaves are beginning to fall -- the Wheel is turning towards winter, a time of rest and reflection. The leaves feed the soil and add nutrients that are used by insects, fungi and bacteria. The trees use their roots to take the nutrients back from the soil. It is an elegant cycle of life, death and re-birth. The leaves provide mulch on the forest floor retaining and absorbing the rain. The mulch provides shelter for living things. The Goddess has provided us with a beautiful visual display of multi-colored leaves. She imparts Her wisdom.

Hoof and horn,
Hoof and horn,

All that dies shall be reborn!"

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yukon Suspension Bridge

Yukon Suspension Bridge.

To get from here to there
We trudge the bridge of life
Sometimes in mid air

The Yukon Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian cable suspension bridge located on mile 46.5 on the South Klondike Highway in Northern British Columbia, Canada. It is 200 ft (60.96 metres) long and stretches 57 ft (17.36 metres) over the Tutshi River Canyon. There is an admission charge and it is visited by over 25 000 people every summer between the months of May and September. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Zealand Dotterel 2

New Zealand Dotterel.

Feel somewhat embarrassed
My performance was poor
I forgot my lines

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecies: the northern New Zealand dotterel is more numerous, and breeds around the North Island; the southern New Zealand dotterel was formerly widespread in the South Island, and now breeds only on Stewart Island. Southern New Zealand dotterels are larger, heavier, and darker than northern New Zealand dotterels. ~ Bernard

Monday, September 18, 2017


Geelong water front.

By the dock of the bay
A motley crew assembles
No slackers need apply

No visitor to Geelong’s magnificent waterfront precinct can miss the whimsical bollards that stretch from Rippleside to Limeburners Point. Painted by local artist Jan Mitchell, the bollards have become an icon of Geelong, Australia. ~ Bernard

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Magnolia. Campbellii.

A graceful opening
Each petal choreographed
In dramatic ballet