Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Years Eve



With a tick of the clock
We move the future
To now, like last year

Fireworks in New Year's Eve celebration 

in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo Credit

Friday, December 30, 2016

Conical Tower


Metal intricacy
Tower of Kalpas
Aeons and aeons


Cambodia ~ Karl

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Juneau 18

<Juneau (18)

Homes for many
Neighborhood pride
Coat and cap for later


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pukeko 2

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Don’t I look spiffy
In my formal garments
Hoping to catch a lady's eye



What is a Pukeko?

The Pukeko, or New Zealand Swamp Hen is a member of the rail family, and is similar to other species found all over the world. It is one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival of man, and can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups will often be seen foraging for food in road-side areas.

With their bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out against the New Zealand greenery, particularly when their white tail feathers begin flashing in alarm.

Just why they have struck a chord with the Kiwi psyche is hard to say, but you'll find their images on all manner of art and craft works. Ask any visitor to New Zealand what bird they remember most, and they will more than likely answer, "The Pukeko!" ~ Bernard


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Beaches 33

Australian Beaches  (33)

Put some flesh

On these stick figures
Have a ball t
oday


Monday, December 26, 2016

Sultan Ulmar Mosque

Sultan Ulmar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.Brunei.

From the river
To the hills
A panoply of status


Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Masjid in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Masjid is a majestic masjid in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. The masjid is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the father of current Sultan Hassanil Bolkiah, and symbolizes the Islamic faith in Brunei. A conspicuous structure in the skyline of the city, it was constructed in 1958.

The masjid is built blending the Islamic architecture with Italian style. It is set in a man-made lagoon on the banks of the Water Village and is beautifully lit during the night.

The main feature of the masjid is the main dome which is covered with pure gold. The minarets are constructed out of marble. The prayer hall can accommodate over 3,000 people and has beautiful carvings with arches, tinted glass windows and marble columns. The masjid is surrounded by trees and flower gardens giving a blissful touch. ~ Bernard

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas


A gift of joy
From you each day
Let your candle shine



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Juneau 19

Juneau (19)

Strategic placement
Of eyes, mouth and nose
Portals of body extremis


Friday, December 23, 2016

Bush Robin 4

New Zealand Bush Robin

Inconspicuous
In my grey disguise
Lurking in shadows


New Zealand robins and tomtits resemble British robins, but the two groups are not closely related. The New Zealand species belong to the Australian–New
Guinean family Petroicidae.

Robins and tomtits have large heads, short necks, round bodies and an upright stance. They have short bristles around the bill. Robins have long legs, and are
larger than tomtits. All are insectivorous. The oldest known bird lived 16 years, but their life expectancy is three years. ~ Bernard

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beaches 32

Australian Beaches  (32)

Beautiful beach day
Warm with full sun
Clouds have their say


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice


A turning of the light
From less to more
Equatorial flip


Photo Credit


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Flower


Phantasmagoria
Can’t make heads nor tail
Oh, it’s a flower


Monday, December 19, 2016

Juneau 22

Juneau (22)

Busy streets
Three story high rise
Warm summer rain


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pukeko

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

I’m in speed mode
Head down, tail feathers up
Splayed foot propelled


(Porphyrio porphyrio).
Also known as the swamp hen, this is the most commonly encountered of the five living species of the rail family native to New Zealand, the others being the closely related takahe or Notornis, weka, banded rail, spotless crake and marsh crake. Pukekos dwell in swamps, along lake shores, and in poorly drained pastures throughout New Zealand and Chatham Islands, and are occasionally wind-borne to the Kermadecs and Campbell Island. Though native to this country, the species, in the form of various subspecies, occurs widespread in a number of overseas countries. The local subspecies is called melanotus. 

~ Bernard

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Beaches 30

Australian Beaches  (30)

On green wave slopes
Free, I slide the moment
While business suits confine


Friday, December 16, 2016

Botanic Gardens 2

Autumn at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens.FZ200

In quiet woods
Occasional passersby
Calls of plaintive birds


The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand are botanical gardens founded in 1863,[1] when an English oak was planted on 9 July 1863 to commemorate the solemnisation of marriage between Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

The Gardens sprawl over an area of 21 hectares[2] and lie adjacent to the loop of the Avon River next to Hagley Park. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens have a variety of collection of exotic and local plants of New Zealand. ~ Bernard

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Battambang Province


The dark messenger
Brings nectar in a golden cup
Will you drink of it?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Juneau 29

Juneau (29)

Feather, fur and skin
Animals that prey are kin
Take with out within


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Australasian Crested Grebe

Australasian crested grebe.

Hello Lucy
How are the kids?
Did you hear about Mabel?


The Australasian crested grebe is majestic and distinctive diving bird that is usually seen on the southern lakes of New Zealand where it breeds. It has a slender neck, sharp black bill and head with a distinctive black double crest and bright chestnut and black cheek frills, which it uses in its complex and bizarre mating displays. It is unusual for the way it carries its young on its back when swimming. The crested grebe belongs to an ancient order of diving water birds found on every continent in the world. They are rarely seen on land except when they clamber onto their nests on the lake shore. The Australasian crested grebe occurs in New Zealand and Australia but it is threatened in both countries and the New Zealand population probably numbers fewer than 600 birds. 

~ Bernard

Monday, December 12, 2016

Beaches 10

Australian Beaches  (10)

There’s still time
Before comes the storm
To frolic the waves


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holly

Holly.

Bright red berries
Attract the eye and birds
Nature has a plan


If you are growing a holly bush for its bright berries, you need to keep in mind that most holly varieties have male and female plants and that only the female holly shrub produces berries. This means that in the location where you would like to plant a holly bush with berries, you will need to plant a female variety and you will also need to make sure that a male variety is planted nearby. Instead, you can also try to find holly varieties that do not need a male plant in order to produce holly berries. ~ Bernard

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Statue


What’s so funny?
Go ahead and laugh
Your humor has a bite


Friday, December 9, 2016

Juneau 30

Juneau (30)

Killers of the sea
Hounds of the forest
Blue skies of heaven


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Brown Teal Duck

Brown Teal duck. New Zealand

Preening is done
Every feather in place
Ready for what the day brings


The BrownTeal (Anas chlorotis), or pateke, is a small dabbling duck species endemic to New Zealand distributed throughout the lowland freshwater wetlands and, historically, the Chatham Islands. The brown teal’s omnivorous diet, restricted annual range and mainly terrestrial lifestyle give it a unique ecological niche among waterfowl, somewhat akin to a wetland rodent, and it serves as a classic example of the influence of selective forces that operated on birds in pre-human New Zealand.The Brown Teal (pateke) was once widespread throughout New Zealand but is now rare and restricted to Great Barrier Island and coastal valleys of eastern Northland. The species has suffered an ongoing decline in numbers and range since the late nineteenth century. There are currently fewer than 1000 brown teal living in a wild state in New Zealand, making it New Zealand’s rarest waterfowl species on the mainland. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunrise Apollo Bay 2

Sunrise Apollo Bay 2

At golden dawn
The golden waves
Spread over golden sands


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Karaka

Karaka. Corynocarpaceae

This years fruitage
Food for various animals
To propagate elsewhere

Karaka or New Zealand Laurel (Corynocarpus laevigatus) is an evergreen tree of the family Corynocarpaceae endemic to New Zealand. It is common throughout the North and South Islands to Banks Peninsula (43°45′S) and Okarito (43°20′S), on the Three Kings Islands, on Raoul Island in the Kermadecs, and on the Chatham Islands. It is widespread in coastal habitats, often forming a major component of coastal forest, though it rarely dominates. Most botanists consider it to be native only to the northern half of the North Island, having been planted elsewhere by Māori near former village sites, and subsequently spread by birds. ~ Bernard

Monday, December 5, 2016

Water Lilly


Red
Is the pulse
Of life


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Juneau 31

Juneau (31)

Ferry leaves port
Horn blaring
Harbour business


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Paradise Duck Female

Paradise duck. female.(Tadorna 

tadorna)

Very interesting
How these ants
Scurry about


Paradise ducks

(Tadorna tadorna)

The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head.

Paradise shelducks are commonly observed flying in pairs or grazing on pasture. They are very vocal birds, with males giving a characteristic ‘zonk zonk’, while females make a more shrill ‘zeek zeek’ while flying or as a warning ~ Bernard

Friday, December 2, 2016

Moorings

Moorings Apollo Bay

Day’s sailing ahead
Glide the calm waters
While others a hunting go



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mexican Hawthorn

Crataegus. Mexican hawthorn. FZ200

Bursting with energy
Portent for the future
At years end of growth


Crataegus mexicana is a species of hawthorn known by the common names tejocote, manzanita, tejocotera and Mexican hawthorn. It is native to the mountains of Mexico and parts of Guatemala, and has been introduced in the Andes. The fruit of this species is one of the most useful among hawthorns. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Temple of Dawn


Built for the future
Remembering the past
Tending the now


Bangkok, Thailand ~ Karl

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Juneau 32

Juneau (32)

Down the wet streets
Rain trickles down my neck
I press on, eyes wide open


Monday, November 28, 2016

Paradise Duck with Young

Paradise Duck with young.(Tadorna 

tadorna)

May I introduce
My family
Six wee ones and me



(Tadorna tadorna)

The paradise shelduck is a conspicuous and colourful species with contrasting male and female plumage. Between a large duck and a small goose in size, the male is uniformly dark grey or black while the female body is a dark or light chestnut (depending on age and state of moult). 


The male’s head is black with occasional green iridescence and the female’s head and upper neck is white. Both sexes have a chestnut undertail, black primary wing feathers, green secondary wing feathers and a conspicuously white upper wing surface. Variable amounts of white may occur on the heads of males during the eclipse moult (February-May) and newly-fledged juvenile females may retain an extensive black head with a white face patch until they complete their post-juvenal moult (by May).The bill, legs and feet are dark grey/black. 

Down-covered ducklings appear initially as “mint humbugs”, patterned brown-and-white. The first feathers are dark, and near-fledged ducklings of both sexes resemble the adult male. ~ Bernard


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Golden Sands

Golden sands Apollo Bay

Come walk the shore
Splash the ripples
Sandy up our toes


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Botanic Gardens 1

Christchurch Botanic Gardens FZ200

Come stroll with me
And we shall venture
This autumnal day


Work began on the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in July 1863, when an English oak tree was planted to commemorate the marriage of Queen Victoria's eldest son Prince Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Over the years, natural wetlands and sand dunes have been transformed into an elegantly cultivated 30 hectare park with more than ten sub-gardens, which are mostly contained within a loop of the Avon River.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ho Chi Minh City


Brilliant color
Catches the eye

But for a moment

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day



Can we give a hand
For a leg or a breast
White meat or dark


Photo Credit

Simple Gifts
Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

White Faced Heron

White faced heron.(Ardea novaehollandiae)

In stately repose
She awaits dinner
Table for two please



(Ardea novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic habitat, including damp pasture and playing fields. Because it occupies space also shared with people it is usually well habituated to their presence, and may allow close approach. ~ Bernard


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fishing Fleet 2

Fishing Fleet Apollo Bay

We depart the docks
For our dinner awaits
Garish lights of town


Monday, November 21, 2016

Hagley Park 36

Hagley Park New Zealand.

Come, show your glory
Hidden these many months
Encore, Mother Nature, encore


Hagley Park is the largest urban open space (164.637 hectares) in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was created in 1855 by the Provincial Government.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Buddha 2


In peaceful quiet
Not outside
But within


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Juneau 33

Juneau (33)

Our ship disengorged
Yet I return
To be impressed


Friday, November 18, 2016

Weka

Weka, or woodhen NZ.(Gallirallus australis)

If it looks like a chicken
And walks like a chicken
It may be a Weka



Weka, or woodhen NZ.(Gallirallus australis)

Wekas, or woodhens, are members of the rail family which are mainly aquatic birds, all capable of swimming well. Apart from the Pukeko and Weka, rails are secretive birds, usually found skulking in freshwater swamps and estuarine mangroves and reed beds. Rails have slim bodies that help them move through dense vegetation, moderately long powerful legs with long unwebbed toes that help them walk through wetlands, and a short tail which is flicked up and down as they walk or swim. The rails are ground based birds that seem unwilling to fly and some, like the Weka and the Takahe, have the lost the ability to fly at all. ~ Bernard


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cray Pots

Cray pots Apollo Bay

Calm harbour
Sailing set aside
Twilight spreads it’s cloak


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hagley Park 35

Hagley Park Christchurch New Zealand.

Listen for the crunch
Of brittle leaves in Autumn
The cold caw of crows


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jesus


Come unto me
The I in 
me
Is the I in you

Vietnam ~ Karl


Monday, November 14, 2016

Juneau 1

Juneau 1

Like a movie set
Or Alaskaland
Ka-ching of cash registers


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Northern Royal Albatross

The northern royal albatross. (Diomedea sanfordi)

Betsy Ross had a brother
Albert Ross
No she didn’t



(Diomedea sanfordi)

The northern royal albatross is a huge white albatross with black upperwings. It usually mates for life and breeds only in New Zealand. Biennial breeding takes place primarily on The Sisters and The Forty-Fours Islands in the Chatham Islands. There is also a tiny colony at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin on the mainland of New Zealand, which is a major tourist attraction.

Northern royal albatross can be sighted throughout the Southern Ocean at any time of the year. Non-breeding and immature birds, including newly fledged birds, undertake a downwind circumnavigation in the Southern Ocean. The main wintering grounds are off the coasts of southern South America. They are generally solitary foragers and forage predominantly over continental shelves to shelf edges. ~ Bernard


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Apollo Bay Treking

Apollo Bay treking

Miles to go
Before the storm
Ride on; We’ll make it