Monday, February 29, 2016

Independence Monument 1


Seven levels
Perhaps the chakras
Of awareness


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Madagascan Day Gecko

Madagascan Day Gecko.

These toes of mine
Climb panes of glass
Pretty cool, hunh?


Due to its extraordinarily vibrant colors and ideal size for a home terrarium, the giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis) has captivated reptile enthusiasts. Select breeders have produced what are arguably the most beautiful lizards in the world, the crimson (see photo) and blue blood day gecko (see photo). They are forms of living art, and people who own them usually display them as a decorative focal point in a room or an outside garden.

Giant day geckos are widely distributed in northern Madagascar, including some of the offshore islets. Because giant day geckos are followers of civilization, they are found in gardens, huts and tree plantations in this area. This is the tropical rain forest region which is characterized by hot and humid weather. ~ Bernard


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Patterns of Nature

Patterns of nature.

Each part of a plant
Has its role to play
The all depends on us


Friday, February 26, 2016

Water Village 2

The water village (20)

Temples and shacks
See where the money goes
Ideals over need


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fox Glacier 8

Fox Glacier NZ (8)

Guardian pillars
Halt a rapid advance
To gentle lands beyond


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Royal Palace


Like candles on a cake
Burning the night away
In remembrance


Royal Palace, November 2012 ~ Karl

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tulips Aglow

Tulips aglow.

Backlit beauties
Ready for the show
Ladies and gentlemen
I present…



Currently, there are around 75 wild species of tulips and 150 species in total with over 3000 varieties.

The word tulip is derived from a Persian word called delband, which means turban. It is generally believed that it was called this due to the turban-shaped nature of the flower. However, this might have been a translation error as it was fashionable to wear tulips on turbans at the time.

Tulips are perennials (a plant that lives for more than 2 years), they bloom in spring, usually for only 3-7 days.

Tulips grow from bulbs and being native to mountainous areas the tulip needs a period of cold dormancy, known as vernalization. So they should be planted in the fall (Autumn) and thrive best in climates with cool springs and dry summers. ~ Bernard

Monday, February 22, 2016

Doodling

Doodling

Tumble down the vortex
The swirling rings of light
Happy landing, if there is one


A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.Popular kinds of doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or companions in a school, famous TV or comic characters, invented fictional beings, landscapes, geometric shapes and patterns, textures, banners with legends, and animations made by drawing a scene sequence in various pages of a book or notebook. Many geometric doodles are really subdivision rules, where you repeat the same pattern over and over in a nested way. ~ Bernard

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Water Village

The water village (17)

Tide is out
Chance to get some work done
Industrious neighbors


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fox Glacier 7

Fox Glacier NZ (7)

Jagged knife blades
Thrust into the sky
Cold killer among us


Friday, February 19, 2016

King Norodom Sihanouk


Palace as altar
In solemn mourning
Our hearts gather


Memorial Portrait, Father King Norodom Sihanouk at Royal Palace 2012 (Chanchhaya Pavilion) ~ Karl

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tulip Abstract

Tulip abstract.

Resilient petals
From wind and rain
Engineering marvel


The word tulip is derived from a Persian word called delband, which means turban. It is generally believed that it was called this due to the turban-shaped nature of the flower. However, this might have been a translation error as it was fashionable to wear tulips on turbans at the time. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wish I Was Young

Wish I was young again.

There’s trouble
In the bubble
All done in fun


Water balls, zorb balls and many moreHamster Water Ball, a Texas based company specializing in inflatables, also known as human hamster ball, water walking ball, provides the fun water sports products such as the human sized hamster balls, dance balls, water rollers, inflatable roller balls, human hamster balls, . The durable water walking ball lets you walk or run on water without getting wet. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Local Produce, Tamu Kianggeh

Local produce.   Tamu Kianggeh Brunei.

A cornucopia
Of blessings from the earth
Abundance for a price


The food stalls here serve Brunei's cheapest meals, including nasi katok (plain rice, a piece of fried or curried chicken and sambal; B$1) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk and served with chicken, beef or prawn, egg and cucumber slices; also B$1). In the market's northeast corner, a vegetarian-Chinese stall called Tamu Chakoi serves a variety of inexpensive fried pastries and noodle dishes. We like the stalls for their food; we love them because this is one of the few places in Brunei that feels a little chaotic and messy, which is a little refreshing. ~ Bernard

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brunei-darussalam/bandar-seri-begawan/restaurants/street-food-hawkers/tamu-kianggeh#ixzz2mRbwSEfY


Monday, February 15, 2016

Fox Glacier 1

Fox Glacier NZ (1)

We stand on glacial till
Advance party at base camp
Adventure ahead


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day


Sweet mysteries of love
Gather ye rose buds
For one special heart


Photo Credit

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba japonica.

Splotched of leaf
Ruby red fruitage
Mirrored drop of dew


Aucuba japonica, commonly called spotted laurel, Japanese laurel, Japanese aucuba or gold dust plant, is a shrub native to rich forest soils of moist valleys, thickets, by streams and near shaded moist rocks in China, Korea, and Japan~ Bernard

Friday, February 12, 2016

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann

Not a satin doll
Nor from a cabbage patch
But in the arms of a child


Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. ~ Bernard

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Brunei Back Country 2

Brunei back country.

Few have eyes for this
Nor time nor patience

Too busy to contemplate


About the size of Delaware, Brunei is an independent sultanate on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo in the South China Sea, wedged between the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fox Glacier 15

Fox Glacier NZ (15)

Up a lazy glacier
In the noonday sun
Come along, tag along with me


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pray


With reverence
We pause our day
In the shade


Mourn for their King 2012 ~ Karl

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mom’s Birthday


You’ve graced this Earth
For 98 years
Ah! The memories of youth


Love you, Ma 

Keep on truckin'


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dreamer Central

Dreamer.Central World Plaza Bangkok.

As pedestrians pass
He watches gently
The comings and goings


This figure sits at the entrance to Central World which is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the sixth largest shopping complex in the world. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Pattana~ Bernard

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Were there no lights
In the darkness unseen
Yet, for the faithful…


Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. The mosque considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a major
landmark and tourist attraction of Brunei. Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, the mosque as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture. ~ Bernard


Friday, February 5, 2016

Fox Glacier 9

Fox Glacier NZ (9)

The onrushing glacier
Advancing upon us
One mm at a time


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wat Ounalom



Paying attention
To the task at hand
Nothing else to mind


Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch

Resplendent rainbow
Perched upon a twig
Shower us with beauty


The Gouldian finch, also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Best of Mates

Best of mates.

Mosaic dog and cat
Ready for the evening
Dressed to the nines lives


The Giant's House, Akaroa
A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. ~ Bernard

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park.Brunei.

In peaceful backwater
A softer way of life
Thrives unseen by many


Tasek Merimbun (Translation: Merimbun Lake) Heritage Park’ is a wildlife sanctuary, a conservation spot for flora and fauna, a recreational center, and a venue for research and education. It is the first to be declared a national park in Brunei Darussalam. The 7,800-hectare park was also declared an ASEAN Heritage Park on 29 November 1984, marking a significant era in its history. ~ Bernard