Monday, August 31, 2015

Sand Patterns

Sand patterns.

The fossil bed
Awaits your footprints
For future discovery

Sunday, August 30, 2015

On the Water

On the water. Brunei.

Roadside attractions
Lure the heavy heart
For a moment’s surcease

Chances are this little country will surprise you, for it is neither the mini Dubai nor the strict Muslim theocracy that most people expect. Instead, it is a rather relaxed and even charming little corner of Borneo with enough attractions to make it an interesting stop between Sabah and Sarawak. First there is the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), with its soaring mosques and picturesque water villages. Then there is the aforementioned rainforest, which is best experienced in the fine Ulu Temburong National Park. Beyond these, there is a thrilling boat ride between the capital and Bangar, one of the highlights of Borneo. ~ Bernard

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Marble Temple 3

Ornate in detail
Intricate in execution
Stunning in presentation

Window of Marble Temple ~ Karl

Friday, August 28, 2015

Iris 17

The Iris (17)

Flaunt your insouciance
Your devil-may-care attitude
Ambitious delight

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scarlet Swallowtail

Scarlet Sallowtail.

Ready to take wing
Flight of a dragon
Beautiful plumage

Butterflies are part of the class of Insects in the order Lepidoptera. Moths are also included in this order. Adults butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the Cellar

In the cellar.

Not ready to be rolled
The aging still
Not to be rushed

The use of oak plays a significant role in wine making and can have a profound effect on the resulting wine,affecting the color, flavor, tannin profile and texture of the wine. Oak can come into contact with wine in the form of a barrel during the fermentation or aging periods. It can be introduced to the wine in the form of free-floating oak chips or as wood staves (or sticks) added to wine in a fermentation vessel like stainless steel. The use of oak barrels can impart other qualities to wine through the processes of evaporation and low level exposure to oxygen ~ Bernard

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Water Village 5

The water village (5)

Business as usual
On the water road
Taxi? Need a taxi?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Marble Temple 2

In the human world
Structures built to impress
The emptiness within

Marble Temple Thailand 2012 ~ Karl

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hot Fudge

Hot fudge.

Damask masque
Mysterious appearance
At the ball

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Clathrus Archeri

Clathrus archeri

Red claw emerges
From the barren field
Clutching for life

When it come to creepy looking plants, Clathrus archeri has creeps to spare. Commonly known as Devils Fingers (or the rather less scary name of Octopus Stinkhorn), it is a native to Australia and Tasmania, although it has become an introduced species in Europe, North America and Asia. The young fungus erupts from a partly buried white ball known as a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top.

The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. 
In maturity it smells of putrid flesh and thereby attract flies which unwittingly spread the spores and therefore proliferate the species ~ Bernard

Friday, August 21, 2015

Labor Day

When in the course of human events
The value of labor is respected
We give measure for measure

Photo Credit

Working Class Hero ~ John Lennon

A Frosty Start

A frosty start in the car yard.

Transportation ready
Some scraping to be done
Before the morning ride

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Water Village 3

The water village (3)

Waves above
Waves below
We travel a thin line

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Marble Temple 1

Beyond the red carpet
Is the throne of stillness
Found in your self

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Iris 19

The Iris (19)

Spring fashion show
Who is your couturier?
Who does your make-up?

Monday, August 17, 2015


Thaxterogaster aurantiacum

What have we here?
Transitioning tomato?
A Rumplestiltskin?

Thaxterogaster aurantiacum
This has been renamed as Cortinarius peraurantiacus, thanks to DNA.
This fungus does not have a stipe. ~ Bernard

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Piece of Old Rope

A piece of old rope.

The bight of cord
Ready for its next use
The intent of the user

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Water Village 1

The water village (1)

O’er the waves we go
Splashing all the way
To Grandma’s house

Friday, August 14, 2015

National Museum 3

On the pedestal
Sits the Idol
Worship the within

Buddha at Museum ~ Karl

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Iris 21

The Iris (21)

Like butterflies
That flutter by
Seeking nectar and love

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes Otago.NZ

In the fullness of autumn
A chilly wind
Tosses the lake

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Strong Links

Strong links.

Cast of iron
Bonding one to another
Not easily broken

Monday, August 10, 2015

Windmills and Pinwheels

Windmills and pinwheels.

They catch the wind
Spin round and round
Grey clouds do as well

Pinwheels are a beautiful decoration and delight children of all ages. Use them to decorate your yard for a party, 
or happily watch your children as they admire the bright colors whirling together. Crafting a pinwheel is simple and even the smallest children can do most of the steps (though the pin part needs supervision and assistance). ~ Bernard

Sunday, August 9, 2015

National Museum 2

By the monuments
In the structured pond
Lilies thrive

National Museum
Phnom Penh
Cambodia ~ Karl

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Iris 22

The Iris (22)

They flutter by
These flower birds
Hither and yon

Friday, August 7, 2015

Swirl of Autumn

A swirl of  autumn.

Image distorted
By rippling waves
Yet colours remain true

This is a free download from Redfield PS plugin. ~ Bernard

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Mono Tones.

Ice cube trays
With people in them
Frozen stiffs

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Windows of the World

Windows of the World Shenzhen 


City without
Cities within
A window of the world

Around the world to see the sights in one day – it is now possible. Shenzhen City in China has a great theme park called “Window of the World” giving you this opportunity. Here you can see around 130 reproductions of some of the famous sights in the world. Along with these reproductions and models, there are rides and special night time entertainment to see. Window of the World is a theme park that is full of replicas of sites all over the world. All the continents are well represented in the 48 hectare or 118 acre park that features stunning replicas of the world’s greatest wonders, historical heritage, and famous scenic sites that are all in a scale ratio of about 1:15 more or less. It might be an educational opportunity to teach kids about the world's historic and important places. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

National Museum 1

The body will rot
The movement will stop
Yet not the I

Vishnu Couche 11th century ~ Karl

Monday, August 3, 2015

Iris 23

The Iris (23)

In the evergreenery
The fleur de lis
Thrive quietly

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Green and Golden Bell Frog

The Green and Golden Bell Frog

Shhhh, I’m hiding
You can’t see me
But I see you

The Green and Golden Bell Frog, Litoria aurea, is a magnificent looking frog and can often be mistaken for a garden ornament! In the late 1860s several consignments of these frogs were received from Sydney and released by the Auckland Acclimisation Society. There have been several attempts to establish populations of this species in the South Island, but it appears that the climatic conditions are not favourable and the species is restricted to the upper half of the North Island (north of Gisborne). They occur around the same ponds as the Southern Bell Frog and may interbreed ~ Bernard

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monotones 18

Mono tones (18)

Once the aging is done
Roll out the barrels
Ad infinitum