Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alpine Highway

Alpine Highway.Mt Sefton.NZ

In morning light
Headed north to adventure
Alone, but not lonely

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mondulkiri Province



Gather at the well
There’s work to do
Plots to irrigate


Friday, January 29, 2016

Shoveler Duck

Shoveler Duck NZ

In brilliant plumage
He pursues a mate
Until she catches him


The male shoveler is New Zealand's most handsome duck, with variegated plumage, blue-grey head with a white vertical stripe between the eye and bill, a striking reddish-brown breast, and blue wings. Nature has lavished more beauty on the male than the less attractive female. ~ Bernard

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bathing Boxes Brighton

Bathing Boxes Brighton

Boxes not of ticky-tack
But all in a row
No two the same


The 82 Brighton bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, sentry order alignment and a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay on a beach owned by Bayside City Council. As simple structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Village on the Water

Village on the water. Brunei.

Satellite dish
Brings the world
To our humble abode


The Water Village (Kampong Ayer) is a district of Brunei’s capital city Bandar Seri Begawan. 30,000 people live in the Water Village. This represents roughly ten percent of the nation’s total population. All of the Water Village buildings are constructed on stilts above the Brunei River. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Road to Mt. Cook

Road to Mount Cook.NZ

On our swift journey
Across this vale of tears

In quietude mountains abide


Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Aoraki/Mount Cook village and all visitors to the park are dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape that surrounds them. Aoraki/Mount Cook was formally established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape.This park is located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki/Mount Cook village lies within the park with Twizel the nearest town outside. ~ Bernard

Monday, January 25, 2016

Water Lilly



Come to my pad
We’ll have a short rest
With floral decoration


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cactus

Cactus.

Tiptoe lightly
Through the spiny cacti
Get my point?


Cactus is the singular word for the plant, cacti or cactuses are the plural forms.
Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in South America through to areas of western Canada. One species, Rhipsalis baccifera, is the exception, it is also found in tropical Africa, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. It is thought that droppings from migratory birds dispersed the Rhipsalis seed in these other lands.


The cactus generally lives in dry places prone to drought, such as deserts.
There are 1,500 to 1,800 species of cacti. Each species for the most part fall into one of two core cacti categories, these being opuntias or cactoids.
Cacti come in all shapes and sizes from round and short through to thin and tall. The smallest grow just a few centimeters high and about 1 cm (0.4 in) across. The tallest cactus can reach heights close to 20m (66ft) and up to 1 meter thick.
The ancient Aztec's of South America often depicted cacti in many of their sculptures and drawings. While Mexico's national coat of arms shows an eagle, a snake, and a cactus. ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Buckles

Buckles.

One, two buckle my shoe
Hundreds buckle my belt
Orion’s as well


The buckle or clasp is a device used for fastening two loose ends, with one end attached to it and the other held by a catch in a secure but adjustable manner. Often taken for granted, the invention of the buckle has been indispensable in securing two ends before the invention of the zipper. The basic buckle frame comes in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the intended use and fashion of the era. Buckles are as much in use today as they have been in the past. Used for much more than just securing one’s belt, instead it is one of the most dependable devices in securing a range of items. ~ Bernard

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque Brunei.

With no graven images
Yet lavish ostentation
Pride thwarts humility


Considered as one of the grandest monuments to Islam in the whole region, the magnificent Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the brainchild of His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and Yang Dipertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam. Known locally as the Kiarong Mosque as it is situated in Kampong Kiarong, a few kilometres from the capital, it was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne. The Mosque was officially opened on a Thursday, 14 July,1994. ~ Bernard

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mt. Sefton Sunrise

Sunrise Mount Sefton. NZ

Early light
Embraces the rugged face
Reaching for a kiss



Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is in the South Island of New Zealand near the town of Twizel. Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain and Aoraki/Mount Cook village lie within the park. The area was gazetted as a national park in October 1953 and consists of reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area's significant vegetation and landscape. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Young Girl


What future lies
Beyond this day
Of fleeting moments


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Seasons Are Changing

The seasons are changing.

The fog is lifting
Water drops on leaves
A reminder


Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours or autumn foliage in British English and fall colors, fall foliage, or simply foliage in American English. ~ Bernard

Monday, January 18, 2016

Will I be Famous?

Will I be famous?

Sitting for a portrait
Done by slight of hand
Viewed on many continents


Seen Queen Victoria market Melbourne~ Bernard

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Water Taxis

Water taxis. Brunei

Race ya to the dock
Last one there
Is an automobile


The Water Village is really made up of small villages linked together by more than 29,140 meters of foot-bridges, consisting of over 4200 structures including homes, mosques, restaurants, shops, schools, and a hospital. 36 kilometers of boardwalks connect the buildings. Private water taxis provide rapid transit. Most of these taxis resemble long wooden speed boats. ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mt. Cook 19

Mount Cook National Park.NZ

From on high
Water tumbles over rocks
Seeking it’s level


Friday, January 15, 2016

Khang


Knowing eyes
Gaze at me
Above a mask of protection


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cruiser Butterfly

Cruiser Butterfly

A pause to refresh?
To catch your breath?
Before the next adventure


The male Cruiser butterfly is orange brown with fine black border round the upper wings, two small eye spots on the hindwings, and small black markings near the wing edges. The female butterfly has quite different markings. The upper side of the female has dark tips to the forewings and broad pale band across the centre of each forewing which continues onto the leading edge of the hindwing. The female also has two small eyespots on each hindwing. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel.

Ponder the dark
Where we all will go
Our brief candle still lit


A guardian angel is an angel assigned to protect and guide a particular person or group. Belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Water Buffalo

Water buffalo.

Horned beast of burden
Egret as companion
We abide one another


The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo is a large buffalo found on the Indian subcontinent to Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, in Sri Lanka and in Borneo ~ Bernard

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lilies 7

Mount Cook Lilies (7)

I like my lilies
Fresh each morning
Sunny side up



One New Zealand’s flowering gems is the Mt Cook lily (Ranunculus lyallii), This alpine plant is actually a buttercup but, unlike most buttercups it produces flowers with pure white petals. It is best grown in a cool climate, in a spot with excellent drainage. ~ Bernard

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Boy


You lookin’ at me?
We got a problem?
Be on your way


Young Cambodian Boy from Countryside! ~ Karl

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cairns Birdwing

Cairns Birdwing.

Each stage of life
Gives rise to the next
Again and again and again


The largest endemic butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly has a wingspan of up to 18cm. Besides its proportional, pterodactyl-like reach, other conspicuous traits include its vivid colouration, particularly in the male, who’s wings contain vibrant splashes of emerald green. ~ Bernard

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cycle Stand

The Cycle 

Stand

The machine age
Repetitive form, shape
How many do you want


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brunei

Brunei.

In days of yore
Kublai Khan decreed
A golden dome


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mt. Cook Sunrise 2

Sunrise Mount Cook

The morning’s grandeur
Softly shadows the lake
Eyes open to wonder



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Prasat Mountain


Pedestal upon pedestal
From four aspects
A breeze rustles leaves


Monday, January 4, 2016

Proud as a Peacock

Proud as a Peacock.

Takes a lot of strength
To show your true colours
And impress the ladies


Interesting Peacock Facts: 
Male peafowl is called peacock while female is called peahen. 
They are one of the largest flying birds. 
Their length (including tail) can reach 5 feet. 
They can weigh between 8-13 pounds. 
They are omnivores (eat both plants and animals). 
They like to eat insects, arthropods, amphibians, flowers, seeds… 
Their main predators are tigers, leopards, mongoose…  
When they sense a danger, they fly and hide in the trees. 
They spend nights on trees for the same reason. 
Family of peafowl is called "bevy". 
Group of peafowl is called "party".
Beautiful and colorful tails are characteristic only for the males
 ~ Bernard

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Star Billing

Star Billing.

Circular kiosk
Offers entertainments
Roadside attractions


Sir Tom Jones justified the moniker of The Voice beyond a shadow of a doubt in Christchurch last night. The Welsh singing star took the stage to a deafening roar from a crowd that was there for a good time. So was Tom actually. He smiled, joked, winked, danced and of course sang, non-stop for just under two hours. Jones, who turns 70 this year, didn't miss a beat. Apart from the 10-piece backing band being slightly overwhelming a few times, the show was slick, tight, professional and heaps of fun. ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Bander Seri Begawan Waterfront 2

Bander Seri Begawan  water front 2

Building, building, building
Man has made his mark
Sterile but for nature


Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day


We made this up
Yet, it is convenient
In our delusion


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