Monday, January 23, 2017

Juneau 8

Juneau (8)

A purposeful boat
Trim and ready to go
Look sharp mates

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pukeko 3

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Having thus evolved
I am what I am
No more, no less

(Porphyrio porphyrio)

The Pukeko, or New Zealand Swamp Hen is a member of the rail family, and is similar to other species found all over the world. It is one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival of man, and can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups will often be seen foraging for food in road-side areas.

With their bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out against the New Zealand greenery, particularly when their white tail feathers begin flashing in alarm. Just why they have struck a chord with the Kiwi psyche is hard to say, but you'll find their images on all manner of art and craft works. Ask any visitor to New Zealand what bird they remember most, and they will more than likely answer, "The Pukeko!" ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beach Patrol

Beach Patrol.

Breeze is strong
Feet feel chilly water
Few swim today

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fox Glacier 5

Fox Glacier NZ

Our steps in winter
Crunching on the rubble
In silent echo

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Many mouths to feed
Many tongues to lash out

Sharp teeth to rend the feckless

Naga at Chbar Ompov Pagoda, Phnom Penh ~ Karl

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Juneau 9

Juneau (9)

The gentle sounds
Of wood knocking the pier
Peaceful harbour

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

White Faced Heron 2

White faced heron.(Ardea novaehollandiae)

In a fowl mood
She stalks her prey
Turns on a dime

Ardea novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron was an occasional visitor to New Zealand in the early 20th century, and eventually began breeding there in the 1940s. Now they are the most numerous and widespread herons in the country. They are found along the coast, and inland around wetlands. ~ Bernard