Saturday, February 28, 2015

Evening Fields

<Evening fields. Lake Tekapo.NZ
A days march
From civilization
The city lights

The Mackenzie Basin (popularly and traditionally known as the Mackenzie Country), is an elliptical intermontane basin, located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts, near the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest such basin in New Zealand Historically famous mainly for sheep farming, the sparsely populated area is now also a popular tourism destination. ~ Bernard

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mt. Cook 14

Mt Cook National Park  (14)
Over your shoulder
A ghost mountain looms
Your gold is melting

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Abu Simbel 1

The Great Temple of Abu Simbel Egypt. (1)
A pantheon
Of Indian cosmology
In bas relief

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sen Ne Mol Temple

Enter a portal
Door number one?
Two? Or three?

Takeo Cambodia ~ Karl

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Terracotta Dahlia.
Identified flying object
Floats to our Earth
It’s a seasonal thing

Dahlia plants are amazing, another example of horticultural magic. 
The dinner plate types can grow a full metre high in just a few months while producing blooms almost 30 cm across.Underground, the same thing is happening. Should you decide to dig up your dahlia tubers at the end of the season, you'll be impressed with what's been happing under the soil surface. Expect to find clumps of potato-like tubers, which often can be divided into several pieces (and plants) for next year's garden. 
Could your garden use a little magic? Add a few dahlias ~ Bernard

Monday, February 23, 2015


Tussocks in the wind.
Winds will blow
Rustle among the sheaves
Tussle the land’s hair

What would be termed "herbfields" for European mountains, and bunchgrass meadows in North America, are referred to as tussock herbfields in New Zealand due to a dominance of this type of plant. Species of the Chionochloa genus dominate in these areas. The larger tussocks are called snow grass (or less commonly as snow tussocks) and may grow up to 2 metres in height. They grow slowly and some specimens are estimated to be several centuries old. ~ Bernard

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mt. Cook 13

Mt Cook National Park  (13)
In graceful repose
Mountain sleeps
Quiet grandeur

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Grand Palace 4

The Grand palace Thailand. (4)
Within walled fortress
Are temples, royal buildings
Separated from the people

Friday, February 20, 2015


Soft shoulders
Hold your embrace
With loving petals

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alloway Candy

Alloway Candy.
In the shade
Of passing clouds
Purple rain

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not over water
Flowers are good for cutting ~ Bernard

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The Cairn. Tekapo golf course.
Evidence apparent
Of historic man
In communal effort

A cairn is a man-made pile of stones.
The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn.
Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland,
on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also
in barren desert and tundra areas. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mt. Cook 11

Mt Cook National Park  (11)
The rock will rise
The rock will tumble
In this moment only

Monday, February 16, 2015

Grand Palace 3

The Grand palace Thailand. (3)
In a copse
In a jungle

Sunday, February 15, 2015


There’s always one
That differs from others
Be that one

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Love is an angel
A cherubim of the heart
On winged flight to you

Photo Credit

There are many prevailing popular perceptions of Emperor Napoleon of France — most of which began as British propaganda. While his name doesn't often conjure images of a sweet hopeless romantic who pined for an older woman, the letters he wrote to his beloved Josephine reveal as much. In December 1795, he wrote to her:
"I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! ... You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours. Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire."

Friday, February 13, 2015

Broken Farm Gate

The broken farm gate.
The folks have moved on
Greener pastures perhaps
Remnants of dreams past

If you've got fences, you'll need gates. The best sorts of gates are the ones that open and close easily, and contain animals regardless of whether the electric fence unit is on or not.Generally speaking, farm gates can be either wood or metal. Both types have their pros and cons, choice usually comes down to one or a combination of personal preference, practicality and budget. ~ Bernard

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mt. Cook 10

Mt Cook National Park  (10)
In morning light
The mountain looms
Are we ready?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taj Mahal 5a

Taj Mahal. India. (5)
Minaret and stele
Formal arabesque
This work of art

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Triangle asana
Solid foundation
Hand touching authority

Monday, February 9, 2015

Gor Bilmey

Gor Bilmey dahlia.
Symmetrical delight
Nature’s fractal imagination
Mathematical truth

A Dahlia from Dr Keith Hammetts weird and wonderful selection This green leafed dahlia has orangey red flowers with a lemon collar and yellow eye Great as a cut flower ideal for a sunny position. ~ Bernard

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Edge of the Fairway

Edge of the fairway.
Manicured and wild
Side by side
Natural and un

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mt. Cook 9

Mt Cook National Park  (9)
The many moods
Of the mountain

Friday, February 6, 2015

Taj Mahal 5

Taj Mahal 5
Hexagonal memorial
Tribute of grief
In cold stone

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Morning Glory

Into deep blue
Through dark black
To cool red then white

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Keith H 2

Keith H dahlia.
Come tender beauty
Pour forth unto the land
Give all that you have

This is a beautiful yellow waterlily dahlia with petals that are outlined in dark pink. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Sheperd
Lone outpost
In the wilderness
Ring the bell!

The Church was built in 1935 as a place of worship for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie country. Congregations of the 3 main Churches worship regularly in the Church, which offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains through the altar window.The foundation stone was laid by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, on January 15, 1935.The builders of the Church were instructed that the site was to be left undisturbed, and that even the matagouri bushes surrounding the building were to remain. Rocks which happened to be on the wall lines were not to be removed. The stones for the wall were to be procured within a radius of 5 miles of the site, and were to be unchipped and in their natural condition.The Church of the Good Shepherd is interdenominational and services are held regularly throughout the year.
Weddings and baptisms can be conducted by arrangement with the clergy. ~ Bernard

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mt. Cook 7

Mt Cook National Park  (7)
Come, let us set off
With purpose to climb
Because it’s there

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sydney Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Like a bridge
Over calm waters
I will carry you there