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 


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, 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


Come unto me
The I in 
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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans' Day

Neath fields of poppies
Lies a history of lies
The valiant fallen

Photo Credit

The Band Played Waltzing Matilida ~ June Tabor

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Now, now dear
They’re just visitors
But I’m hungry

Sihanoukville ~ Karl

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Juneau 36

Juneau. Alaska.

We've docked
Waiting to disembark
Designer city awaits

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pied Shag 3

Pied Shag. (Phalacrocorax varius)

On my pulpit
A sermon to deliver
Now, pay attention

(Phalacrocorax varius)

This large shag is glossy black above and has black thighs and feet. The face from above the eye and the under parts is white. The bill is long and grey with pink below the bill. There is a patch of buff-yellow bare skin in front of the green eye which is surrounded by a blue eye-ring. The Pied Shag is silent except when nesting when the bird makes guttural croaks and gurgling sounds. ~ Bernard

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fishing Fleet

Apollo Bay Fishing Fleet

Pleasure craft
Working craft
Wicker cages prepared

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Standard Time Begins

Ah, once again
And again, once
Is not enough, again

Photo Credit

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Prasat Mountain

Follow the leader
Hoards of like minded people
All our souls in a row

Phnom Penh ~ Karl

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fishing Nets

Fishing nets.

Stored with care
Lest they come entangled
And waste valuable time

A fishing net or fishnet is a net used for fishing. Nets are devices made from fibers woven in a grid-like structure. Fishing nets are usually meshes formed by knotting a relatively thin thread. Early nets were woven from grasses, flaxes and other fibrous plant material. Later cotton was used. Modern nets are usually made of artificial polyamides like nylon, although nets of organic polyamides such as wool or silk thread were common until recently and are still used. ~ Bernard

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Yellow Eyed Penguin 3

Yellow-eyed penguin.

In contemplation
I consider the problem
Need more time to think

Unique to New Zealand, the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, is thought to be one of the world's rarest penguin species.

Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho are found along the south-east South Island and on Banks Peninsula, on Stewart Island/Rakiura and its outliers, Codfish Island/Whenua Hou, the Auckland Islands and Campbell Island.
The yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho (Megadyptes antipodes) is named because of its yellow iris and distinctive yellow head band.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Apollo Bay Beach

Apollo Bay Beach

Can we walk
To eternity?
Here? Now?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hagley Park 34

Hagley Park. Christchurch  New Zealand.

Naked, disrobed of leaves
Not embarrassed at all
For we are trees