Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Gate

Blue  Gate.Shenzhen.

Enter here
Ye of mortal coil
Fantasy awaits

Shenzhen Window of the World is a fantastic replica park situated at the Overseas Chinese Town.  
Here you can see vivid replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages and famous scenic site. ~ Bernard

Thursday, July 30, 2015


The troubled mind
Makes a troubled community
Makes a troubled world

Trucks that transported victims from Toul Sleng Prison (S-21 prison) in Phnom Penh to Choeung Ek. ~ Karl

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Iris 24

The Iris (24)

The floating barge
Garland with iris
In the mourning gloom

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lemon Wax Cap

Lemon Wax Cap Hygrocybe.

Rising from the damp
With little yellow umbrels
Dancing in the rain

Common name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp broad-leaved forest
Substrate: Forest floor leaf litter
Spore: WhiteHeight: 50 mm
Width: 20 mm
Season: Early winter
Edible: No

 ~ Bernard

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monotones 14

Mono tones (14)

Graveyard of trees
Bones of luxuriant forest
Gnarled and tangled remains

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe Paris. Shenzhen China.

Built to impress
Those who walk
The pedestrian life

According to its world geographical position and category of scenes, Shenzhen Window to the World can be divided into nine scenic areas: the World Square, the Area of Oceania, the Area of Asia, the Area of Europe, the Area of Africa, the Sculpture Park, the Recreational Center of Modern Science and Technology, and International Street, respectively. Inside the park, 118 magnificent attractions can be seen, which are replicated and made on a scale of 1:1, 1:1.5 and 1:1.5 respectively. Such replicas include the world famous Pyramids of Egypt, the Amon Temple of Karnak, Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, India’s Taj Mahal and Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. These replicas bring the world’s wonders together in one place for the delight and convenience of visitors and each of them leave a deep and lasting impression. ~ Bernard

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Blood around their necks
Blood on their hands
Blood ran like rivers

Uniforms worn by the Khmer Rouge. ~ Karl

Friday, July 24, 2015

Iris 25

The Iris (25)

It’s hard, isn’t it
To hide away your beauty
When that’s what you are

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Orange Pore Fungus

Orange pore fungus (Favolaschia calocera)

Lovely apparition
Here but for a glance
And then disappear

Favolaschia calocera, commonly known as the orange pore fungus, is a species of fungus in the Mycenaceae family.First observed in Madagascar, it has recently spread around the world and is now known from New Zealand, Italy,Australia, Hawaii, Thailand, China, Kenya, Norfolk Island and RĂ©union Island.

F. calocera is a wood-inhabiting saprotrophic fungus. It presents as a bright orange stalked fan, 5 mm–30 mm diameter, with prominent pores on the underside. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monotones 13

Mono tones (13)

Soft and smooth
The skin of youth
Eyes of perception

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Modhera Sacred Well

Modhere Sacred Well, Modhera, Shenzhen

These stepping stones
Lead to nirvana
Walk mindfully

The Window of the World is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares.
The Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. This temple depicts the essence of ancient times. The sculptures and architecture present in this temple are still magnificent after all these years. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India. ~ Bernard

Monday, July 20, 2015


We are not separate
There is no them
There is just us

Sculls of victims at Memorial Stupa

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Iris 26

The Iris (26)

The darling buds
May come in June
I, patient, wait

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Red Torch Ginger

Red Torch ginger flower.

Fiery entrance
To dazzle the eye
Of passersby

The large, torch-like, up to 5 foot (1.5 m) tall flower stalks emerge from fleshy underground rhizomes. The inflorescences have waxy, red to pink, white-edged bracts and are pinecone-shaped with a skirt of larger bracts. The individual flowers emerge from between the colorful bracts and have a dark red labellum (lip petal) with a bright yellow margin. The flowers are followed by green to reddish fruit. The leaf blades are green, hairless, lanceolate in shape, and up to 32 inches (81 cm) long. The pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes and are tall and arching.Torch Ginger is one of the tallest, if not the tallest ginger found here in Hawaii. It can escape from gardens in wet to mesic (moderately wet) areas. The flowers make nice, long lasting cut flowers for tropical flower arrangements. ~ Bernard

Friday, July 17, 2015

Monotones 12

Mono tones (12)

Slabs of sandstone
Turned to slate
From sea bed to roof

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Feeding Koi Carp

Feeding koi carp. Shenzhen.

Here fishy, fishy
I’ve got a treat for you
If you come closer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Palm Branches

Hurt people
Will hurt people
Healed people help heal people

These palm tree branches were used to beat the victims at Choeung Ek. ~ Karl

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Iris 27

The Iris (27)

Ah, love
Let me take this wrap
Off your shoulders

Monday, July 13, 2015



Looking elegant
In polka dot outfit
For her eyes only?

The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song. ~ Bernard

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Monotones 10

Mono tones (10)

Fence of white pickets
Charge to credit
Ad infinitum

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Alcazar Castle

Alcazar Castle Shenzhen China.

Grey forces loom
Castle in readiness
To repel invaders

Shenzhen Window of the World is a fantastic replica park situated at the Overseas Chinese Town. Here you can see vivid replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages and famous scenic sites. The entire masterpiece is built at ratios of 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15. Within one day, you can visit many reproductions of famous sites from different countries. For example you can find the Mahamuni Pagoda of Mandalay and the Angkor Wat of Cambodia here. European architectural splendors, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Ancient Athens, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Tower of London will carry you back to the cradle of classical European culture. When you tour the miniature Roman Colosseum, you might notice a cruel and bloody scene. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you take a gondola along the canals of Venice ~ Bernard

Friday, July 10, 2015


You have to be taught
To despise and hate
To see people as nothing

Bones and teeth of victims, unearthed since 1980. Still coming to the surface. ~ Karl

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Iris 28

The Iris (28)

You look exceptionally
Charming today
Dressed to the nines

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Autumn Hues

Autumn hues.

Blood red
Was always there
Green hid it ‘til now

Every autumn, or at the end of a growing season, the leaves on trees change colors. 

They turn from green to red, yellow, purple, and sometimes blue. 
This signifies that soon the tree will shed its leaves so that new ones can take their place. 
But before this happens, people in certain parts of the world get to enjoy a splendid display of color. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Monotones 7

Mono tones (7)

A giant’s wooden sword
Discarded on the beachhead
Left in the heat of battle

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tower Bridge

Tower Brigde Shenzhen.

The iconic bridge
More photogenic
Than the others

Shenzhen. Windows of the world Theme park.This 480,000-sqm park features more than 130 miniature replicas of scenic and cultural wonders. The difference is that these are landmarks from all over the world. Here you can find the Golden Gate Bridge and the Niagara Waterfall of the United States, the Kremlin of Russia, Italy’s Pisa Tower, Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal of India and an Eiffel Tower built in 1:3 ratio. The park’s daily dance performance and regular carnival-like events are also great fun. ~ Bernard

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mass Grave

The torment is over
For the victims
Of fevered minds

Mass Grave: 450 Victims, Memorial Stupa in background. ~ Karl

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

Long may she wave
O’er the home of the brave
With freedom for all

Photo Credit

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Friday, July 3, 2015

Great Indian Hornbill

Great Indian Hornbill.

Hey banana nose
Oh, sorry
That was rude of me

The Great Hornbill, Buceros bicornis also known as Greater Indian Hornbill, is the largest member of the hornbill family. It is found in the evergreen forest of Kerala alsothey are distributed in a range from western India , through Indochina , south of Malaya and through Sumatra . These hornbills are found on sea level up to 5000 feet (1524m) above ground. Great Hornbills can grow to a length of 4.5 feet (1.4m). The body is covered with black feathers and the wing tips have a ban of white feathers. ~ Bernard

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monotones 6

Mono tones (6)

A child’s playthings
Blocks side by side
A triangle thrown in

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine. Shenzhen.

A congregation of koi
Swim oblivious
To man’s symbols

Itsukushima Shrine is a shinto shrine on the island of itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima) in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The Shrine is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions National Treasures.This image was taken at a Theme park in China. ".Windows on the World" ~ Bernard