Thursday, June 30, 2016

Empire Hotel 2

The Empire Hotel and Country Club.Brunei.

An idyllic setting
Far from madding crowd
Have some Madeira, my dear


The Empire Hotel & Country Club is Brunei's most prestigious and luxurious beach resort. This Bandar Seri Begawan hotel offers fantastic views of the ocean, lagoons. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Iris 11

The Iris (11)

Ah, gentle one
Delight unto mine eye
For this fleeting moment



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Couroupita


Here fly, here bee
Come to the table
Nectar is served


Found only in pagodas! ~ Karl

Monday, June 27, 2016

Icy Strait Point 5

Icy Strait Point (5)

Gloomy clouds
Scud the village
There’s work to be done


The creation of Alaska's newest cruise port, Icy Strait, represents a win-win collaboration between local communities and the giant cruise corporations that make big profits from visitors eager to experience America's "last wilderness."

The new facility -- just down the road from Hoonah, Alaska's largest Huna Tlingit village, and 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park -- has been a lifeline for a community in crisis, providing a much-needed alternative source of income for locals afflicted by a downturn in their traditional businesses of fishing and logging. Millions of dollars have been invested in creating a facility that offers cruise travelers an authentic "wilderness experience" and a refreshingly non-commercialized alternative to the usual run of Juneau,
Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka. ~ Bernard

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sole Parting Company

Sole parting company.

Some shoe’s for walking
Some are for talking
These had a lot to say


Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.

People use leather to make various goods—including clothing (e.g., shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers, and belts), bookbinding, leather wallpaper, and as a furniture covering. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques. ~ Bernard


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel and Country Club.Brunei.

Conducive environment

Indoors, behind the glass
Away from the heat of day


The Empire Hotel & Country Club is situated by the South China Sea. Truly one of the finest golf, meeting and spa resorts in the Asia Pacific Region. Member of WORLDHOTELS and has won many prestigious honors ~ Bernard

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dutch Glory

Dutch Glory.

Once upon a morning clearly
I espied love and nearly
Passed it by


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Butterfly


A pit stop for food
Then the butterfly
Will flutter by


Cambodia ~ Karl

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Icy Strait Point 4

Icy Strait Point (4)

Another cargo ship
Arrives at port
To discharge it’s mission


The creation of Alaska's newest cruise port, Icy Strait, represents a win-win collaboration between local communities and the giant cruise corporations that make big profits from visitors eager to experience America's "last wilderness."

The new facility -- just down the road from Hoonah, Alaska's largest Huna Tlingit village, and 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park -- has been a lifeline for a community in crisis, providing a much-needed alternative source of income for locals afflicted by a downturn in their traditional businesses of fishing and logging. Millions of dollars have been invested in creating a facility that offers cruise travelers an authentic "wilderness experience" and a refreshingly noncommercialized alternative to the usual run of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cap That

Cap that!

Here find a hat
For every head
If the symbol’s right


A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff peak projecting in front. The front of the cap typically contains designs or logos of sports teams (namely baseball teams, or names of relevant companies, when used as a commercial marketing technique). The back of the cap may be "fitted" to the wearer's head size or it may have a plastic, Velcro, or elastic adjuster so that it can be quickly adjusted to fit different wearers. The baseball cap is a part of the traditional baseball uniform worn by players, with the brim pointing forward to shield the eyes from the sun. The cap is often seen in everyday casual wear. ~ Bernard


Monday, June 20, 2016

Solstice


The Earth will spin
Sun, Moon rise and fall
As do the tides


Photo Credit



People dance as they celebrate the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the Stonehenge monument, England, Monday, June 21, 2010. Druids, pagans and partygoers crammed into the mystic stone circle to cheer, bang drums and shake tambourines in an effort to greet the sun on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice. Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain about 140 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of London, was built over three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions; more than 750,000 people visit every year. 
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day


Not face to face
But side by side
We walk our path together


Photo Credit

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Buddha


Whilst all around
The troubled masses
I am at peace


Cambodia, Preak Auk Pagoda, Carving on old stupa ~ Karl

Friday, June 17, 2016

Icy Strait Point 3

Icy Strait Point (3)

Many adventures
Were lived on this hulk
Now but rotting dreams


The creation of Alaska's newest cruise port, Icy Strait, represents a win-win collaboration between local communities and the giant cruise corporations that make big profits from visitors eager to experience America's "last wilderness."

The new facility -- just down the road from Hoonah, Alaska's largest Huna Tlingit village, and 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park -- has been a lifeline for a community in crisis, providing a much-needed alternative source of income for locals afflicted by a downturn in their traditional businesses of fishing and logging. Millions of dollars have been invested in creating a facility that offers cruise travelers an authentic "wilderness experience" and a refreshingly noncommercialized alternative to the usual run of Juneau,
Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka. ~ Bernard

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Full Hand of Cars

A full hand of car..s.

There’s a red one
And a blue one, even
White and silver ones


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sultan Ulmar Mosque

Sultan Ulmar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.Brunei.

Sunrise glows on the dome
Air is warm and palpable
The gathering is called


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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric.

Like my new bonnet?
I'll wear it now
Not wait for Easter

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies with differing cap colour have been recognised, including the brown regalis (often considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolvata, guessowii, formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades that may represent separate species. ~ Bernard

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rice Field


The rice is high
Nearby is shelter
From sweltering sun


Kampong Trach, Cambodia ~ Karl

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Icy Strait Point 2

Icy Strait Point (2)

Vigilant eagle
Ying and yang papooses
The order of life


Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, mostly Western Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest ... ~ Bernard

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Spotted in a Window

Spotted hanging in a window.

All metal
No rubber
To meet the road


Friday, June 10, 2016

Land of Contrast

Brunei. Land of contrast.

Wealth and poverty
When spiritually understood
The mundane is spiritual


The Sultanate of Brunei is wedged in between the two East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, with its northern shore facing the South China Sea. Brunei is a land of contrasts, especially the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. The famous Kampung Ayer, a collection of houses, shops, schools and clinics, is perched on stilts in the Brunei River. Located opposite this water village in the centre of town are speculator mosques and the world’s largest royal palace. ~ Bernard

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tulip Time

Tulip time.FZ200

The brightness of youth
Yearning to mature
And give birth


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, June 8, 2016

Ferry


Okay! Everybody out
Journey over!
All aboard!


Ferryboat crosses the Tonle Sap River. It will also carry cars. ~ Karl

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Icy Strait Point 1

Icy Strait Point (1)

Tall, sturdy piers
Withstand tides and weather
Open arms to the sea


Icy Strait Point is a privately owned tourist destination just outside the small village of Hoonah, Alaska. It is located on Chichagof Island and is named after the nearby Icy Strait.

Owned by Huna Totem Corporation, it is the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska as most stops are owned by the cities in which they are located. Huna Totem Corporation is owned by approximately 1,350 Alaskan Natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area Many of them are of the Tlingit people, ~ Bernard

Monday, June 6, 2016

Check the Roof

Check the roof before driving off.

Rough on the outside
Rough inside too
Rowf, rowf


Kiwi Birdlife Park Queenstown NZ. Sits atop their car.
Tuataras are reptiles – but they’re not lizards.
- They are only found in New Zealand.
- Tuatara were around with the dinosaurs.
- Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "spiny back". ~ Bernard


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sultan Omar Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Brunei..

Spiritual lighthouse
Calling one and all
To avoid dangerous shoals


Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific, it is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major landmark and a tourist attraction of Brunei.

Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei who also initiated its construction, the mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture. ~ Bernard

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Pink Tulips

Pink Tulips

One among many
Opens to the new day
All bestow beauty


Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Although perennials, tulip bulbs are often imported to warm-winter areas of the world from cold-winter areas, and are planted in the fall to be treated as annuals. ~ Bernard

Friday, June 3, 2016

Flower


We’ve grown this way
For many a century
Attracting to continue


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station. NZ

As a cold front comes
Gloom spreads overhead
Shelter from the storm


Marvel at the size, architecture and rich embellishments of Dunedin Railway Station - it's the grandest 'Gingerbread House' you'll ever see.

In the early 1900s Dunedin was the commercial centre of New Zealand. A magnificent railway station befitting this status was opened here in 1906.

Today the station remains, fully restored to its former glory. The ornate Flemish Renaissance-style architecture features white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock. The sheer size, grandiose style and rich embellishments of the station earned architect George Troup the nickname of Gingerbread George. ~ Bernard


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Did You Know

Party leftovers...

Waste not, want not
A penny saved
Is a penny earned


Recycling 1 single plastic bottle conserves enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours or power a television long enough to see your favorite show.

Recycling 1 single aluminum can saves the equivalent of 6 ounces of gasoline. ~ Bernard