Sunday, May 31, 2015

Preah Ko 2



Up from the earth
Climb a flight
Soar to the heavens

Photograph taken at LEACH TEMPLE.
Bring Preah Ko back to cambodia !. ~ Karl

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tulips 20

Tulips (20)

Red ruby lipstick
Lips are pursed
For a welcomed kiss

Friday, May 29, 2015

Madagascan Day Gecko

Madagascan Day Gecko.

In the shadows
I seek my prey
Whether food or love

These are the largest species of the genus. Adults may reach up to 10 inches (25 cm). 
They are bright green in color with granular red mottling along the body with distinct red spots on their dorsal sides and a deep red line from the eye to the tip of the snout. Males can be recognized by their distinctly broader heads and are generally more colorful than females. Sexually mature males develop enlarged pores on their hind legs and produce a waxy substance resembling droplets. Sexually mature females may have calcium deposits on each side of the neck. Madagascar giant day geckos have toes with very well developed, broad, adhesive lamellae (thin flat scales) without claws that enable them to climb smooth surfaces. Their eyes are large with round pupils that are ringed in bright blue. The tail is of equal or greater length to the body and snout. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Amanita Muscaria 5

Amanita muscaria (5)

Muscular umbrella
Gives haven to the young’ns
From the elements

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe. Shezhen China.

Bare necessities
Of interesting objects
On a Sunday stroll

Covering an area of 480,000 m², Window to the World is a fantastic replica park located in the western part of Shenzhen city and adjacent to the Splendid China and China Folk Cultural Villages. The theme park is renowned for its marvellous sights and sites which integrate sight-seeing and scenery alongside folk customs and performances in one place. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Preah Ko 1



Sacred to some
Just food to others
What to itself?

Photograph taken at LEACH TEMPLE.
Bring Preah Ko back to cambodia !. ~ Karl

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day



Out of respect
Our remembered past
Had it’s valiant few

Photo Credit
June Tabor-The Band Played Waltzing Matilida


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Olearia

Olearia.

Gathering of damsels
For a beauty contest
Pick me, me, me

Olearia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. There are about 130 
different species within the genus found mostly in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. The genus includes herbaceous plants, shrubs and small trees. ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fly Agaric 19

Fly Agric (19)

Just let me rest
I’ll catch up with you later
It’s been a rough night

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, 

is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, 
one of many in the genus Amanita. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dizzy Yet?

Dizzy yet ?

Not an illusion
But a profusion
Of black and white

Umbrellas are now a consumer product with a large global market. As of 2008, most umbrellas worldwide are made in China, mostly in the Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. The city of Shangyu alone had more than a thousand umbrella factories. In the US alone, about 33 million umbrellas, worth $348 million, are sold each year. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Modern Building



Like a quilt
In the hands of a child
A box, a toy

A building boom in Cambodia! ~ Karl

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tulips 18

Tulips (18)

Harlequin
Motions me over
To see his wares

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blechnum Fern

Blechnum NZ Fern.

Fractals appear
Throughout nature
At times in green and red

Blechnum novae-zelandiae, commonly known as palm-leaf fern or kiokio, is a species of fern found in New Zealand. 
It can often be found growing in clay soil on embankments and roadsidesThe red colouring in the leaves is a chemical called anthocyanin. It lives in soft young leaves and is like a sunscreen for plants! It helps with photosynthesis, where the plant uses the sun’s energy to feed itself.As the leaves get older and harden up, they will replace the anthocyanin with chlorophyll which is green and better at using sunshine. ~ Bernard

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fly Agaric 18

Fly Agric (18)

Ring around the rosie
Upon a mossy hillside
Little one, you’re it

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, 

is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, 
one of many in the genus Amanita. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Colorful Windmills

Colorful windmills Shenzhen China.

Spin, rainbow, spin
Let the colors whirl
Announce the wind

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pos Keng Kong



Snake in a glass box
Preserved
For our curiosity

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tulips 17

Tulips (17)

Blue red tulip
One lonely teardrop
Runs down it’s petal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kaka Beak

Kaka Beak. NZ Flower

Drooping innocence
Color for the eye
Fire for the palate

Clianthus, commonly known as Kakabeak (Kōwhai ngutukākā in Māori), is a genus of flowering plants in the 
legume family Fabaceae, comprising two species of shrubs native to New Zealand. They have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the Kākā, a New Zealand parrot. The plants are also known as parrot's beak, parrot's bill and lobster claw - all references to the distinctive flowers. 
There is also a variety with white to creamy coloured flowers. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fly Agaric 17

Fly Agric (17)

Like you to meet
My family
Momma, Billy, Vera and me

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, 

is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, 
one of many in the genus Amanita. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

St Basil’s

St Basils Cathedral. Windows on the world.Shenzhen.

Cupcake creations
A theme park delight
A cherry on top?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stupas



On our pilgrimage
We honor holy sights
Relics of faith

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day



I called your name
Mama, my first word
And you were there

Photo Credit


The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she had started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world." Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day she soon became resentful of the commercialization and was angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920's, Hallmark and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards. Jarvis became so embittered by what she saw as misinterpretation and exploitation that she protested and even tried to rescind Mother's Day. The holiday that she had worked so hard for was supposed to be about sentiment, not about profit. The original intention was to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude; it wasn't to buy gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits to try to stop the commercialization. She crashed a candymakers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923. Two years later she protested at a confab of the American War Mothers, which raised money by selling carnations, the flower associated with Mother’s Day, and was arrested for disturbing the peace. Jarvis died bitter, alone and childless, hating the modern shape of the holiday.
Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rhododendron Bud

Rhododendron bud. .Lumix FZ200.
Ready to burst
A splash of color
For the eye’s delight

Mid-spring blooming rhododendrons make their flower buds in July to September, but will not open until the following year. Many customers ask "Why didn't my rhododendron bloom? They had flower buds!" If you know what the difference between a flower bud and a leaf bud, you will not be surprised come spring as you will be able to recognize which plants have made flower buds the year before they bloom. On most rhododendrons, flower buds are larger, and round like a marble. Leaf buds are small and pointed. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fly Agaric 16

Fly Agric (16)

C’mon let’s stay together
Just a little more
And we’re out of this tangle

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, 

is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, 
one of many in the genus Amanita. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Shenzhen China.

If they build it
Will they not come?
Well, not so many

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 (118 acres). The 108 metre (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Past Kings



Venerated rulers
Of a culture
Of a nation

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tulips 16

Tulips (16)

Not everyone
Is in lockstep
With everyone else

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly.FZ200

Winged colors float
Over a verdant garden
Lit from above

The monarch needs no camouflage because it is poisonous to predators; in fact, its vivid colors are designed to ward off critters that may want to eat it. The monarch is poisonous because the developing larvae ingest toxins from the milkweed plant as they feed on the leaves. These chemicals remain permanently in the monarch’s system, even after the caterpillar metamorphoses to a butterfly. The monarch’s survival is closely linked to the chemical defense system derived from the milk weed toxins and the nutrition supplied to the developing larvae. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fly Agaric 11

Fly Agric (11)

I bow to the East
In the spirit of friendship
I bow to the West

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, 

is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, 
one of many in the genus Amanita. ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal.Shenzhen China.

Painstaking art
In the service of love
Beauty forever

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 (118 acres). The 108 metre (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pou Lung



A rude hut
Sleigh of wood
Clay jars as litter