Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pied Shag 2

Pied Shag .

I dry my wings
In the morning sun
Fishing comes later


The Australian pied cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant or pied shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. ~ Bernard

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bay of Islands 4

Bay of Islands 4

A grotto is carved
From sedimentary layers
Licked by the waves


Friday, July 29, 2016

Iris 5

The Iris (5)

In summer frock
In garden gay
We come to play


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Champa Flower


Delicate pinwheel
Loves me, loves me not
She loves me


Asian National Flower ~ Karl

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Icy Strait Point 18

Icy Strait Point (18)

As water quietly laps
Against rusty hulls
Seagulls screech above


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Red Billed Gull and Chick 2

Red billed gull and chick.

Prepare for takeoff
Not you little one
Your wings will come


The red-billed gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus), once also known as the mackerel gull, is a native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands and subantarctic islands. The Māori name of this species is tarapunga or akiaki.[2] Its vernacular name is sometimes also used for the dolphin gull, a somewhat similar-looking but unrelated species. As is the case with many gulls, the red-billed gull has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus. ~ Bernard

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bay of Islands 3

Bay of Islands 3

Lonely sentinel
Walks away from its post
Following another


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Iris 6

The Iris (6)

Blizzard of white
Fallen over night
Bedecks the morning grass


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tekchhou Zoo


Rebars do not
A prison make
When one’s soul is free


Kampot, Cambodia ~ Karl

Friday, July 22, 2016

Icy Strait Point 14

Icy Strait Point (14)

Down to the sea
Seamen come to man
Boats of differing purpose


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Red Billed Gull and Chick

Red billed gull and chick.

I make a lot of noise
Because I am so small
And need your attention


The red-billed gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus), once also known as the mackerel gull, is a native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands and subantarctic islands. The Māori name of this species is tarapunga or akiaki.[2] Its vernacular name is sometimes also used for the dolphin gull, a somewhat similar-looking but unrelated species. As is the case with many gulls, the red-billed gull has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bay of Islands 2

Bay of Islands 2

Cliffs kiss the sea
And both kiss the sky
Let the lovers embrace


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Iris 9

The Iris (9)

All in a line
Ready for inspection
A ten hut!


Monday, July 18, 2016

To Market


Birds of a feather
Gathered together
On a road well traveled


Duck carry on moto bike. ~ Karl

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Icy Strait Point 12

Icy Strait Point (12)

Trim and tidy
Coat of fresh paint
Cast your net to the wind


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Silver Gull

Silver gull.

I soar above the fray
Lifted by the wings
Of necessity


The silver gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) is the most common gull seen in Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly at or near coastal areas. ~ Bernard

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bay of Islands 1

Bay of Islands 1

Come into the cove
Beyond s
heltering islands
Awaits a gentle harbour

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bastille Day


Blue, white and red
Long may she wave
Vive la France!


Photo Credit

  ♫ La Marseillaise ♫ 

~ Casablanca

Madeleine Lebeau

the last living cast member of Casablanca has passed

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stupa


Our journey’s path
To walk with those
Who came before


Cambodia ~ Karl

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Icy Strait Point 9

Icy Strait Point (9)

Ingenious rigging
Of 
balance and skill
Makes work easier

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pied Shag

Pied shag ( Phalacrocorax varius,)

Ever alert
S necked at rest
Ready to strike


Of the world's 36 species of shag 12 are found in New Zealand and 8 of these are endemic. Members of the shag family belong to three groups based on the colour of their feet: black, yellow or pink. The Pied shag is black-footed. In New Zealand, all members of the Phalacrocoracidae are called shags. The term shag seems to have come about in reference to the crest on the head of some species. ~ Bernard


See more at: 

www.nzbirds.com/birds/piedshag.html#sthash.HHOhVGn7.dpuf

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque 3

Brunei.Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

We are all travelers
Some gather at the station
And find a true direction


Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is a an exclamation point above the Brunei River, and the so-called village in the water, Kampong Ayer. Built on an artificial lagoon on the banks of the river, the mosque initially seems more attraction than place of worship. However, this could not be farthest from the truth, and the grandiose mosque was in fact designed solely for prayer to Allah.


From around Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, the golden topped dome of the mosque shines in the night sky. Although its population is only 400,000, 2/3 of the population of Brunei adhere to Islam, laws are based on Sharia. The country is extremely proud of its Muslim population, and the golden mosque was built to honor this section of the country. 


At a cost of around 5 million USD, the Bruneian Sultan spared no expense: imported Italian marble pillars and floor, granite from Shanghai, crystal chandeliers from England, ornate carpets from Saudi Arabia and a main dome of pure gold. ~ Bernard


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Iris 10

The Iris (10)

Like my dress?
It looks good on you
Oh, this old thing


Friday, July 8, 2016

Guard Dog


Hear me sing
A song Celestial
For mortal ears


Photograph taken Phnom Penh, Cambodia ~ Karl

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Icy Strait Point 7

Icy Strait Point (7)

Still useful and with
A bit of attention
Ready for next season


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Laughing Clowns

Laughing Clowns.

The circus left town
Yet, we’re still around
Laughing all the way


Step right up - every player wins a prize! Bring all the fun of the fair to your next Special event with a variety of traditional fairground Sideshow Games.

The key to every successful special event, is atmosphere. There's no better way of adding to the Carnival atmosphere at Fetes, Fairs, Festivals and Promotions, than with classic Sideshow Games. Laughing Clowns, Hook-A-Duck, Knock 'em Downs, High Striker, Basket Ball, Balloon Bust & Hoopla are just a few of the popular Sideshow Games that have delighted all ages for generations. ~ Bernard


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Water Village 21

Village on the water Brunei.

A hardscrabble life
To live on the river
Do I hear laughter?


Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day


Born of valor
Raised by strife
Struggling to mature


Photo Credit

National Emblem March

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Offering


In the hand
Of a Buddha
All received is given


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Icy Strait Point 6

Icy Strait Point (6)

The old wood scow
Ain’t what she used to be
Well, which of us are?


Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada Day



Come we now
Our friends embrace
And share our kinship strong


Photo Credit

O Canada