Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve

Midnight festivities
Usher in our fantasy
For we make this all up

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tekapo 11

Tekapo landscapes (11)
In wetter times
Tire tracks
Became gullies

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hubbard Glacier 8

Hubbard Glacier Alaska.
Like the prow of a vessel
Heading out to sea
Chilly bon voyage


Hubbard Glacier is defying the global paradigm of valley or mountain glacier shrinkage and retreat in response to global climate warming. Hubbard Glacier is the largest of eight calving glaciers in Alaska that are currently increasing in total mass and advancing. All of these glaciers calve into the sea, are at the heads of long fiords, have undergone retreats during the last 1,000 years, calve over relatively shallow submarine moraines, and have unusually small ablation areas compared to their accumulation areas. ~ Bernard

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine
A torii
By any other name
Is still red

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Vassar Road

Twirl a saucer
On a stick
Now watch this one

Friday, December 26, 2014

Eileen C

Eileen C
Hello Snagglepuss
How’s it going?
Havin’ a good day?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas

In simpler times
Warm and gentle joys
Gathered in the heart
As they do now

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hubbard Glacier 9

Hubbard Glacier Alaska
Beyond the glacier
Lies cold mountain majesty
Soft clouds hover


The longest source for Hubbard Glacier originates 122 kilometres (76 mi) from its snout and is located at about 61°00′N 140°09′W, approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Mount Walsh with an altitude around 11,000 feet (3,400 m). A shorter tributary glacier begins at the easternmost summit on the Mount Logan ridge at about 18,300 feet (5,600 m) at about 60°35′0″N 140°22′40″W.Before it reaches the sea, Hubbard is joined by the Valerie Glacier to the west, which, through forward surges of its own ice, has contributed to the advance of the ice flow that experts believe will eventually dam the Russell Fjord from Disenchantment Bay waters. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Imperial Palace Japan

Imperial Palace Japan.
Easy now,
There’s room for all
Lunch will be served

Monday, December 22, 2014

Oudong Mountain

Uncommon creature
With three elephant heads
A blind man’s vision

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

Comes around the corner
The least light of day
Dance around the bonfire

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tekapo 14

Tekapo landscapes (14)
Farm is fallow
Green grows the grass
Blue mountains to the sea

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lake Hayes 17

Lake Hayes NZ
Hungry?
I’ll store the gear
You light a fire

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm a big girl now

I'm a big girl now.
Look at me!
I’m a statue
I almost can reach

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Temple at Kep

The monkey gods
With tiger and ponies
And a ship to sail the seas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cyril Higgo

Cyril Higgo.
The Chrysler Building
With all its style
Holds not a candle…

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tekapo 1

Tekapo landscapes (1)
Shifting sand sculpture
Swirled in lucite box
Let’s shake it up again

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Calgary 2

Autumn Calgary Alberta (2)
I stop to ponder
This road, hewn so long ago
Pioneers here trod

Saturday, December 13, 2014

European Scene 4

European Scene (4)
Cupolas and spires
Gothic, Moorish and Baroque
Playful for the eye

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tulips

With bold strokes
Red paint's applied
Here’s a gift for you

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grayval Lollipop 2

Grayval Lollipop.
Creamy enticement
In soft, warm hues
Come into my world

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tekapo 15

Tekapo landscapes (15)
Rusty autumn grasses
Hug the rolling slope
I walk in silence

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

South Island

Autumn South Island NZ
Come
Grab an oar
Let’s head out to sea

Monday, December 8, 2014

Eiffel Tower 3

Eiffel Tower
A theme park
Of engineering
From around the world

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Independence Monument

On special occasions
The path is lit
To walk together


Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Acacia King

Acacia King.
A sticky wicket
This way comes
Game over

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tekapo 16

Tekapo landscapes (16)
Green grass
Brown grass
Blue hills and sky

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Calgary 5

Autumn Calgary Alberta (5)
Let us go astray
Adventure through cool woods
Off the beaten path

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eiffel Tower 2

Eiffel Tower
I know where we are
We’re in Par.., China
Never mind

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bokor Mountain

Just the shell remains
Of a hopeful past
Gravity holds the cards


Abandoned casino at Bokor Mountain. Kampot, Cambodia ~ Karl

Monday, December 1, 2014

Oreti Dandy 2

Oreti Dandy.
A cheerleader’s pom pom
Exuberance on the field
Go Nature, go

Colour: Peach/Yellow with Orange/Red tones
Height: 120cm
Type: Dec. - Mini
Display: Garden
Comments: Stand out! 
 ~ Bernard

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lake Powell 20

Lake Powell Utah.
Worn cliffs and pools
Invite intrepid visitors
Where the ancient ones thrived

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lake Hayes 16

Lake Hayes Otago NZ (16)
Autumn palette
Somber of tone
Wavelets flecked with foam


Lake Hayes is a small lake in the Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago, 
in New Zealand's South Island.
It is located close to the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown. ~ Bernard

Friday, November 28, 2014

Eiffel Tower 6

Eiffel Tower Paris. (6)
An Erector Set
With so many pieces
On the living room rug

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

Gathered together
We share the blessings
Bestowed

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We Gather Together

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Always

Dahlia. Always.
Come hither arms
Reach out to embrace
A welcoming eye

Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants
native mainly in Mexico, but also Central America, and Colombia. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lake Powell 19

Lake Powell Utah.
Clouds hover over head
Parched lands thirsty
The clouds move on

The sparkling blue waters of Lake Powell are magnificently framed by towering rock formations and soaring red cliffs which surround the area for as far as the eye can see. There is truly nothing like it anywhere on the planet. Each year millions of visitors, most from outside the United States, flock to the area to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and numerous water activities including boating, water skiing, scuba diving and fishing.
The lake was created following the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, a decade-long project beginning in 1956, and named for Major John Wesley Powell, a civil-war veteran and explorer.
Lake Powell stretches from the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona up the Colorado River through Utah, past the San Juan confluence to Hite for a total of 186 miles. Including the numerous flooded canyons, Lake Powell has more than 2,000 miles of shoreline, more than the entire west coast of the United States. ~ Bernard

Monday, November 24, 2014

Autumn Calgary 7

Autumn Calgary Alberta (7)
Yellow leaves enhance
Forest floor’s mottled colors
White bark of birches

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eiffel Tower 1

Eiffel Tower
Le Tour Eiffel
Guides the eye
Beyond the heavens

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bokor Mountain

Up a lonesome path
By brush and weeds
Just a little further

Abandoned church atop Bokor Mountain.
In the 1920's a vacation spot for rich Cambodians.
The mountain also has an abandoned casino,
now under redevelopment. ~ Karl

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dahlia

Dahlias
Harlequin angel
You writhe
Like snakes on Medusa

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rainbow Bridge 6

Rainbow  Bridge National  Monument Utah.
Carapace crumbles
And falls far below
Gravity is working, Check


Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world, is a symmetrical, pink, sandstone arch, 309 ft (94 m) high, 33 ft (10 m) wide, with a 278-ft (85-m) span. Located in one of the most rugged and remote regions of the United States, It was discovered in 1909 by an expedition that set out to find the great stone arch rumored by the Native Americans. It is now accessible by boat from Lake Powell. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lake Hayes 15

Lake Hayes Otago NZ (15)
Tawny grasses
Gold, orange and red
The autumn leaves

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Window 1

A Window on the world
The true Heaven’s Gate
Can be found
Where you are

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunset at Kampot

The heat of the day
Assuaged by setting sun
The heat of the night

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Deep South

Deep South.
Bravo, bravo
What a display
Encore, encore

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rainbow Bridge 9

Rainbow  Bridge National  Monument Utah.
Aeons and aeons
Of water and wind
Come to this, now



Rainbow Bridge National Monument is generally considered the largest natural bridge in the world. Carved from red Navajo sandstone, the bridge is 290 feet tall and 270 feet across - higher than the United States Capitol Building - and nearly as long as a football field! Considered sacred in Navajo culture, Rainbow Bridge is a symbol of deities responsible for creating rain, the essence of life in the desert. Rising up at the mouth of Bridge Canyon, in a cove on Lake Powell, the bridge can be reached by personal boats and watercraft, or boat cruises offered daily from Halls Crossing, Bullfrog or Wahweap Marinas. Rainbow Bridge can also be reached on foot or by horseback from the Navajo Nation; a permit is required for either of these options. Depending on lake level, getting to the bridge may also involve a hike of varying distance. ~ Bernard

Friday, November 14, 2014

Autumn Calgary 8

Autumn Calgary Alberta (8)
Canoes can be made
With the bark of white birches
At least I am told

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill
Crowds gather
To gawk and stare
Talk among themselves

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kampong Trac

Love letters
Writ upon a wall
Seen by all

This is on the wall of this temple;
it appears to be quite old. ~ Karl