Wednesday, August 31, 2016

St. Nicholas Church

Icy Strait Point (30)

Roof was constructed
To shed winter snows
Church to shed sin

Orthodox Church in America (Russian) Hoonah, Alaska 

Located on the Chichagof Island, the small village Hoonah is the largest Tlingit settlement in Alaska; Tlingit have been in this area since prehistory. The Orthodox church was established in 1929. It has been without a priest since the only Tlingit ever ordained to the priesthood, Fr. Michael Williams, died in 1994. The church is served by St. Nicholas, Juneau.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Saddleback.(Philesturnus carunculatus)

Jowls of red
Curmudgeonly attitude
You’re not riding on my back

Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus)

A native bird of New Zealand.
A medium-sized black songbird with a chestnut-coloured saddle across the back, fleshy reddish-orange wattles at the base of the bill, and a pointed black bill.

Juveniles have chocolate brown plumage for their first year and they have small wattles. ~ Bernard

Monday, August 29, 2016

London Bridge 2

London Bridge Australia.

Resistance is futile
We will under come
Your stony visage

London Bridge Australia

London Arch (formerly London Bridge) is an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is a significant tourist attraction along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge. 

The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990,[1] leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span before being rescued by helicopter. No one was injured in the event. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nancy Steen

Nancy Steen.Rose.

Pink blush your cheeks
Softness is your world
With subtle aroma

Nancy Steen was a New Zealand rosarian, and this rose is named after her.
The flowers are usually described as blush pink, though people's blushes are never as subtle as this rose. The last flowers bloom well into autumn, and can be quite a bit darker in colour. ~ Bernard

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lotus Flower

I beckon to you
Come unto me
We will know delight

Cambodia ~ Karl

Friday, August 26, 2016

Icy Strait Point 28

Icy Strait Point (28)

Loaded to fish
Prospect of competition
Mostly with one's self

Thursday, August 25, 2016



From hilltop vantage
Valleys of our domain
Constant surveillance

The kea Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects. Now uncommon, the kea was once killed for bounty due to concerns by the sheep-farming community that it attacked livestock, especially sheep It received full protection in 1986 ~ Bernard

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Loch Ard Gorge 8

Loch Ard Gorge 8

Below sturdy cliff
A hidden alcove awaits
The pleasure of you

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Anna Leese

Anna Leese

Your fans have arrived
To watch the performance
Bravos to ensue

Floribunda - A striking rose in warm sumptuous tones of apricot, yellow orange and red. Mahogany red new growth and dark green foliage.

International Name: Wekscemala
Height: 1.2m
Colour: Apricot yellow orange and red
Fragrance: Mild

 ~ Bernard

Monday, August 22, 2016


Enter eager dragon
With sharp gold teeth
To rend and eviscerate

Diamond Island ~ Karl

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Icy Strait Point 27

Icy Strait Point (27)

High and dry
Low and wet
Sometimes the twain will meet

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Blue Duck

Blue duck. Whio.  ( (Hymenolaimus 


A most charming fellow
Suave with the ladies
Friendly with children

Blue Duck. Whio. ( (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)
The blue duck or whio is an iconic species of clear fast-flowing rivers, now mostly confined to high altitude segments of rivers in North and South Island mountain regions. Nowhere common, it lives at low densities and its shrill “whio” whistle above the noise of turbulent waters will usher in a long-remembered encounter.


Adults of both sexes are alike, being uniformly slate blue-grey with chestnut spotting on the breast, a pale grey bill with a conspicuously expanded black flap at its tip, dark grey legs and feet, and yellow eyes. During aggressive interactions, or when birds are suddenly frightened, the bill epithelium is flushed with blood, and appears distinctly pink. Males are larger than females, have more breast spotting and more prominent greenish iridescence on the head, neck and back. Immatures are similar to the adults but from late summer to about August their eye is dark, their bill a dark grey and their chest spotting sparse and dark. ~ Bernard

Friday, August 19, 2016

Loch Ard Gorge 7

Loch Ard Gorge 7

Waves swirl and dance
Around pliant land
Wearing down resistance

Thursday, August 18, 2016


The Iris.

I espy
With my little eye

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Diamond Island 2

Come to the garden
Of earthly delights
Avian trekkers do

A small park at Diamond Island. 

A place to sit and relax. ~ Karl

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Icy Strait Point 26

Icy Strait Point (26)

There’s always more work
To do on a boat
Let’s get to it

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bush Robin

Bush Robin. (Petroica australis)

Hiding in the shadows
Blending with the background
Sings a song of joy

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bay of Martyrs 2

Bay of Martyrs 2

The flotilla moves in
Through glistening waters
To find sheltering harbour

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Iris 1

The Iris (1)

Your colour is violet
Your colour is lilac
Your colour is lily

Friday, August 12, 2016

Diamond Island

A maiden's task
Bring succor to the needy
Grace to the world

A new first class development in Phnom Penh, condos, town homes and large convention center. ~ Karl

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Icy Strait Point 22

Icy Strait Point (22)

Eagle sits atop
The whole totem

Gazing wisely

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

South Island Takahe

South Island Takahe. (Porphyrio 


Ready for trouble
Poised for offence
And defense

The South Island takahē, a large flightless rail, hit headlines in the late 1940s. Takahē were thought to be extinct – but then, in 1948, Geoffrey Orbell rediscovered the South Island species (Porphyrio hochstetteri) in Fiordland’s Murchison Mountains. However, the North Island takahē (Porphyrio mantelli) is extinct.

Weighing up to 4 kilograms and 63 centimetres long, the South Island takahē is the world’s largest rail. Several million years ago its ancestors flew from Australia to New Zealand, where, without ground predators, the takahē became flightless. This colourful bird has turquoise, purple, brown-green and navy plumage, with a white under-tail and bright orange-red bill and legs. 

Today South Island takahē remain in the Fiordland mountains, and have been introduced to several island sanctuaries. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bay of Islands 6

Bay of Islands 6

Papa, mama and baby rock
Go out for a morning swim
Stay together now

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sun Worshipper

Sun worshiper

Of morning light
The sun doth shine
From within

Sunday, August 7, 2016


A shiny duck
With lascivious tongue
Food for thought


West Boylston, Massachusetts. 
THE BEST! ~ Karl

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Icy Strait Point 20

Icy Strait Point (20)

What do you feel
About this structure?
Laziness? Does it matter?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Shoveler Duck

Shoveler Duck NZ

Warship colors
Bold, strong, serious
Yet, attracts a mate

The Australasian shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It ranges from 46–53 cm. It lives in heavily vegetated swamps. In Australia it is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. They occur in southwestern and southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand

The male has a blue-grey head with a vertical white crescent in front of the eyes.

The status of the Australasian shoveler is Least Concern ~ Bernard

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bay of Islands 5

Bay of Islands 5

Cargo ship
Arrives in port
All hands on deck

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Iris 3

The Iris (3)

Butter and eggs
To break the fast
Of night’s endurance

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


While Mara rages
In his ferocious realm
One remains serene

Seth Bo Pagoda, 

Kandal, Cambodia, 
atop doorway of temple. ~ Karl

Monday, August 1, 2016

Icy Strait Point 19

Icy Strait Point (19)

Tide is low
Dock floats at level
Soon to rise again