Monday, October 31, 2016

Samhain



On this eerie night
Fraught with steely fright
Eyes glow in fiery light


Photo Credit


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fishing Net Floats

Fishing net floats.Icy Strait Point 

Alaska.

Seafaring knotsmen
For low these many years
Make for catch of the day


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Kea Wing Colours

Kea Wing colours .(Nestor notabilis)

Valuable paintings
Hidden in my cloak
Cheez it, the cops


(Nestor notabilis)

To survive in the harsh alpine environment kea have become inquisitive and nomadic social birds - characteristics which help kea to find and utilise new food sources. Their inquisitive natures often cause kea to congregate around novel objects and their strong beaks have enormous manipulative power. ~ Bernard

Friday, October 28, 2016

Apollo Bay 2

Apollo Bay 2

The vastness
Of sand, sea and sky
Whether I’m here or not


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon. Christchurch 

NZ

A punting we will go
With no particular
Destination


Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in 
Christchurch. Like punting at Oxford and Cambridge in England, our punting
experience uses flat-bottomed boats with no keel, pushed by a pole. The punter
stands on a platform at the end. The passengers sit low down, although high
seats can be installed for your comfort and convenience, ~ Bernard
.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Independence Monument


With view askew
Through rose colored glasses
Roulette the future


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Icy Strait Point 38

Icy Strait Point.Hoonah.

Our humble enclave
Snug by mountain forest
A narrow life


Hoonah, Alaska is a small city of 760 permanent residents on Chichagof Island along Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. Hoonah is the largest Tlingit Village in Alaska, and the native Alaskan culture thrives here. Locally carved totems and canoes, and handmade native crafts are still made in the traditional style today by the local Tlingit residents. ~ Bernard

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yellow Eyed Penguin

Yellow Eyed Penguin or Hoiho.

Hay there, high there
Hoe there
I’m as happy as can be


The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or Hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.

The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart, Auckland, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches, or tunnels. ~ Bernard

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Apollo Bay 1

Apollo Bay. Vic Aust.

Posse ambles by
Strolling by the sea
Headed for day’s rest



Apollo Bay is located between Wye River and Cape Otway on Victoria's scenic coastal route, the Great Ocean Road. As a popular tourist destination, Apollo Bay offers both swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina which is home to a major fishing fleet. The town's commercial centre, which features a good selection of restaurants and cafes, is situated along one side of the Great Ocean Road, overlooking a wide, grassy foreshore which fronts the main swimming beach. Another popular beach is located at the mouth of the Barham River in Mounts Bay. ~ Bernard

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hagley Park 33

Hagley Park New Zealand.

Shall we meander
Like a stream between banks
Down the path of our days


Hagley Park is the largest urban open space (164.637 hectares. in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was created in 1855 by the Provincial Government. According to the government's decree at that time, Hagley Park is "reserved forever as a public park, and shall be open for the recreation and enjoyment of the public. Hagley Park is characterised by its trees and broad open spaces. Hagley Park was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttelton, who became chairman of the Canterbury Association in March 1850. ~ Bernard

Friday, October 21, 2016

Riverside


Our heroic vision
Vanquish the oppressors
On valiant steeds


Phnom Penh ~ Karl

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fishing Boats

Fishingboats.Icy Strait Point  Alaska.

Hop aboard matey
We’re off to our work
There’s much to do



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Variable Oystercatcher

Variable oystercatcher

Amidst the remains
Of a delicious repast
Ocean will clean the table


The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in New Zealand.

Also known as the black oystercatcher, it varies from black and white to pure black, which is more common further south. It has a red bill and red-orange eye-ring, and pink legs. Larger than the pied oystercatcher, it measures 48 centimetres and weighs 725 grams. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Torquay 2

Torquay 2

Long sweep of the bay
Headland ends in sheer cliffs
Cool waves call to me


Monday, October 17, 2016

Hagley Park 32

Hagley Park New Zealand.

Shall we rest

Under spreading oaks

And watch the ducks


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Post Office


Where the government
Meets the populace daily
Shiny, well lit, vacant


Vietnam ~ Karl

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fishing Pots

Fishing pots Icy Strait Point Alaska.

Intentions define usage
Lamp shade, fish seine
Air conditioned hat


The Icy Strait is a strait in the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska. Coordinates: 58°16′41″N 135°38′48″W. 
The strait separates Chichagof Island to the south and the Alaska mainland to the north. The strait is 64 km (40 mi) from its west side at the intersection of the Cross Sound and Glacier Bay to its east side at Chatham Strait and the Lynn Canal. The two largest islands in the strait are Pleasant Island and Lemesurier Island. ~ Bernard

Friday, October 14, 2016

Male Shelduck

Male shelduck. NZ. (Tadorna variegata)

In meditation
I assume the pose
Of one legged asana


(Tadorna variegata) 

The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head. ~ Bernard

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Apollo Bay Harbour

Apollo Bay  Harbour

Skiff rocks gentle
Afloat on quiet waters
Storm’s a brewin’


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hagley Park 31

Hagley Park Christchurch NZ

Hear the bird calls
Echoing in the wood
Squirrels clamber trees


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Memorial Stupa


Risen from the ashes
A marbled phoenix
Love wins


Choeung Ek Memorial (the killing fields) Cambodia ~ Karl

Monday, October 10, 2016

High and Dry 2

High and dry Icy Strait Point. 

Alaska.

Time to scrape and paint
We’ve got the tools
We’ve got the time


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Kakariki Feeding Young

Kakariki feeding young.

A tasty treat
I pass on to you
To nourish your soul


genus Cyanoramphus, family Psittacidae
Both birds assist with the feeding of the young.
They feed on leaves, buds, flowers, shoots, seeds, fruit, berries, nuts and other parts of plants.
They also eat insects and animal remains. On islands and In coastal areas, they forage on seaweed and mussels.
They also take up tiny stones, most likely to help with digestion. ~ Bernard

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles.

Disciples have dwindled
The few remaining
Have a stony silence


Friday, October 7, 2016

Autumn in Christchurch 1

Autumn in Christchurch.

A blush of colour
Adorns slender maidens
Strolling through the park


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Angkor Wat


Rescued from the wilderness
That choked the path
The view now clear


Entrance to Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia ~ Karl

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

High and Dry

High and dry Hoonah Alaska.

With many purposes
They’re made In all sizes
To float upon the waters


The town of Hoonah is located on Chichagof Island, about 30 miles west of Juneau along Icy Strait in the Inside Passage. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kakariki 2

Kakariki

Looking professorial
This wise old bird
Knows something profound


The three species of Kākāriki or New Zealand parakeets are the most common species of parakeet in the genus Cyanoramphus, family Psittacidae. The birds' Māori name, which is the most commonly used, means "small parrot" ~ Bernard

Monday, October 3, 2016

Twelve Apostles 2

Twelve Apostles. 2

Who’s up for a swim?
Last one to Tasmania
Is a rotten egg


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hagley Park 29

Hagley Park New Zealand. (29)

Crisp, cool afternoon
Lazily moving stream

Leaves paint the ground

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Good Luck Frog


A leap of faith
To be seen and felt
Welcome to my pad


Diamond Island ~ Karl