Monday, April 24, 2017

School Days


Headed to their future
Ready for the day’s reward
Walking each other home


Takeo Province ~ Karl

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Skagway 22

Skagway (22)

Rush hour traffic
Is light today
More sidewalk traffic


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day


To plant a garden
To plant a forest
Start where you are


Link

Photo Credit

Friday, April 21, 2017

Morning Stroll

Morning stroll. Sunshine Coast Aust.

Solitary trek
Yet, not alone
Someone took this photo


The Sunshine Coast is an urban area in South East Queensland, north of the state capital of Brisbane on the Pacific Ocean coastline ~ Bernard

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cairns Birdwing 6

Cairns Birdwing 6

Psychedelic
Light show
At a theatre near you


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Marble Temple


Red means special
The approach?
The approached


Bangkok Thailand ~ Karl

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Skagway 24

Skagway (24)

Little shops on Main Street
All trim and tidy

Ready for business

Monday, April 17, 2017

Shoveler Duck 2

Shoveler Duck NZ

Blending in no use
Red cummerbund a giveaway
Oh, well, here I am everybody!


The Shoveler is characterized by a long, narrow body that floats low in the water. It has a distinctive heavy, blue-black shovel-tipped bill, a low sloping forehead and a golden eye. In breeding plumage, its head is a deep grey-blue with a vertical patch of white along the side of the bill. The back and rump are dark, and the shoulder and wing coverts are blue-grey, barred with white. The under parts are chestnut, and it has a large white rump patch. When they are not breeding they are much duller coloured. Females are mottled and brown with chestnut under parts, and a brown eye. The juvenile is similar but darker than the female.


The New Zealand Shoveler is found in wetlands-mostly large undisturbed freshwater swamps with dense reed beds. It is also found on shallow lakes and coastal lagoons. ~ Bernard

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Circular Quay Sydney

Circular Quay Sydney.

Grey 
sky wash
Buildings applique
Artwork just about finished


Circular Quay has always been a busy transport hub since the early days of the colony. Today, Circular Quay and The Rocks are great to explore if you're looking for good quality souvenirs, art galleries, designer fashion as well as historic pubs, outdoor cafes and waterfront restaurants. ~ Bernard

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cairns Birdwing 5

Cairns Birdwing 5

Soft summer morning
Amidst the greenery
Alights winged messenger



Friday, April 14, 2017

Apsara Dance


Sheathed in gold
Traditional dance
Enthralls the eye


Cambodia ~ Karl

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Skagway 25

Skagway (25)

Wooden facades
False fronts of gentility
Whilst storm looms behind


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kea Feeding

Kea feeding on NZ Fuchsia.

Feathers, beak, flowers
Twigs, shoots and bowers
Dinner is served


Kōtukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) is considered to be the world’s largest fuchsia. In damp forest it can grow to 12 metres tall and form a trunk over 1 metre in diameter. It is one of New Zealand’s few truly deciduous trees, losing its leaves in winter in all but the warmest areas. Attractive, small flowers appear between August and December. They change from greenish-yellow to purple-red.


The kea is a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Port Stephens 1

Port  Stephens. NSW Australia.

In the dull light
Of a greying day
Boats come to roost


Port Stephens is a popular tourism destination with a strong focus on aquatic activities such as whale and dolphin watching, fishing and recreational boating and swimming.


Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres (99 mi) north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Great Lakes local government areas ~ Bernard

Monday, April 10, 2017

Brown Soldier

Brown soilder

Pardonez moi
Mon cheri
Bonne 
vol

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yellow-Green-Blue


‘Tis the seasoning
Of the temperate clime
Well done feast of colour


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Skagway 27

Skagway (27)

Bug eyed with wonder
Red faced awareness
Envious ears


Friday, April 7, 2017

Yellow Eyed Penguin 2

Yellow eyed penguin.

I’ve a story for you
Will really make you laugh
Come closer, closer


Yellow-eyed penguin in dunes. 
Photo: Rod Morris.

The yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho (Megadyptes antipodes) is named for its yellow iris and distinctive yellow headband. Adults are grey-blue in colour, with a snow-white belly and pink feet. 
Their chicks are covered in thick, brown fluffy feathers that they shed to fledge at between 98 to 120 days. Their immature plumage has a yellow head band and extends to a yellow head with fully adult plumage when they're 14 - 16 months old. The species' Māori name, hoiho - noise shouter - refers to their shrill call. Often heard when they encounter others in their colony.

Lifespan: lengthy as some individuals can live up to 20 years and the oldest recorded banded bird was over 20.

Size: adults reach around 65 cm in height and weigh around 5 to 5.5 kg.
Hoiho and chicks
Diet: small to medium sized fish such as sprat, red cod, and squid.
Behavior: the only penguin species that doesn't become tame. Also the least social and a solitary breeder. ~ Bernard

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fishing Boats

Fishing boats Lakes Entrance Victoria.

As light fades
Boats are squared away
Ready for our next venture


Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. It is situated approximately 320 kilometres east of Melbourne, near a managed, artificial channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blue Morph 2

Blur Morph Under side

It’s a great show
Wonderful costumes
The height of fashion


Under side


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You may notice there are repeats of some photos. My challenge, as I see it, is to allow fresh thought to form words that offer spontaneous insight for each and every photo.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kep Seaside


Convergence of line
Mirror of the soul
Colours my world


Kep, Cambodia ~ Karl

Monday, April 3, 2017

Skagway 26

Skagway (26)

Hotel cupola
Landmark
For weary travelers


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kea

Kea.NZ Alpine parrot.

Hidden ‘neath my coat
Is a rainbow of colour
A small charge for a peek


NZ Alpine Parrot.
Population: 1000–5000
Threat status: At risk
Found in: Alpine environments of the South Island
Did you know: The world’s only alpine parrot, the kea is renowned for its intelligent and inquisitive nature. Kea nest on the ground, and monitoring indicates up to 60% of nests can be attacked by predators during breeding. ~ Bernard

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's Day


Fool me once
That’s on me
Fool me twice
Well… that’s on me too!


Link

Photo Credit


Friday, March 31, 2017

Blue Morpho 2

Blue Morpho. (2)

Irradiated blue
Glows in darkest night
Lights a soulful path


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chinese Holiday


On special days
Dragons roam the streets
Keep your mask on



Kandal Province 2012 ~ Karl

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Skagway 38

Skagway (38)

A desire

A stream
A pan


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Silver Eye

Silver eye.

Paint box of feathers
Subtle and bright
On this flying easel


The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes shortened to white-eye, but this name is more commonly used to refer to all members of the genus Zosterops, or the entire family Zosteropidae.


In New Zealand, the silvereye was first recorded in 1832. It arrived in greater numbers in 1856, and it is assumed that a migrating flock was swept eastwards by a storm.\ As an apparently self-introduced bird it is protected as a native New Zealand species ~ Bernard

Monday, March 27, 2017

Apollo Bay 2

Apollo Bay Vic Australia (2)

The water is calm
As is the land
The sky however…


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blue Morph

Blur Morph Under side

An exquisite fan
Fit for the opera
On hot, steamy evenings



Under side ~ Bernard


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Phnom Penh


A myriad of cables
Stream energy and talk
Near and wide


(Lighting and Power) ~ Karl

Friday, March 24, 2017

Skagway 39

Skagway (39)

Neat, trim, orderly
Train has come to a stop
Before disaster


Thursday, March 23, 2017

White Heron

White heron. FZ200

A white sport coat
No pink carnation
Let the music begin


A Rare Bird

Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Egretta alba modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia. With a long, slender neck, yellow bill and thin legs, white herons grow to 92 centimetres in length and 900 grams in weight. In flight their long neck is held kinked. During breeding their bill darkens and a veil of fine feathers extends beyond the folded wings and tail, accentuating their graceful profile. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Apollo Bay 8

Apollo Bay Vic Australia (8)

Don’t have surfboards
For our ponies
Well, not yet


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth

Spread your wings
Bold traveler
Explore the known Universe

The Atlas Moth has the largest wing surface area of all moths.


Mangrove and wetland wildlife
World distribution: Asia and Southeast Asia.
Classification: Family Saturniidae (Silkworm Moths). This family has the largest moths with showiest wings.
It is so named because its wing patterns resemble maps. The Atlas Moth's wings have triangular transparent "windows" whose purpose we don't know. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake's head complete with eye, to scare off predators. ~ Bernard


Monday, March 20, 2017

March Equinox


Panoply of scent
Color, color everywhere
And not a daub too pink


Link

Photo Credit

It Might as Well Be Spring

Frank Sinatra

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ketchikan Creek Street 3

Ketchikan Creek Street

The sky moves slowly
As do harbor waters
Dusk pervades our town


Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Zealand Scaup 2

New Zealand Scaup.(Aythya novaeseelandiae)

With my beady eyes
I scan for danger
And pleasure


The New Zealand scaup or pāpango is a short, round diving duck. The male is glossy dark brown and black with yellow eyes. The female is dark brown and often has a vertical white band at the base of the bill. They tend to avoid danger by diving rather than by flying. ~ Bernard

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day


♫ When sober eyes are smilin’
All the world’s
A joy beheld 


Link

Photo Credit

St Patrick's Day Flashmob

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Winter Queenstown 7

Winter Queenstown 9

Bustling metropolis
Neath blue skies
Remnants of winter remain


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Guardian Lion 2


Concrete roar
Protects the mortal
From the hell realms


Seth Bou Pagoda - Kandal Province ~ Karl

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ketchikan 8

Ketchikan (8)

Class! Class!
First lesson: Bait!
And how to avoid it


Monday, March 13, 2017

Variable Oystercatchers

A pair of Variable oystercatchers.

How ‘bout over there?
We’ll set up the umbrella
And spread a blanket


The variable oystercatcher is a familiar stocky coastal bird with a long, bright orange bill, found around much of New Zealand. They are often seen in pairs probing busily for shellfish along beaches or in estuaries. Previously shot for food, variable oystercatchers probably reached low numbers before being protected in 1922, since when numbers have increased rapidly. They are long-lived, with some birds reaching 30+ years of age. ~ Bernard

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daylight Saving Time


Spring has sprung
The gong has gung
Wakey, wakey little one


Link

Photo Credit

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Winter Queenstown 9

Winter Queenstown 9

Bustling metropolis
Neath blue skies
Remnants of winter remain


Friday, March 10, 2017

Cannonball Tree Flower


Wander through the forest
Look up to see it
Let awe surround you


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ketchikan 9

Ketchikan (9)

Off the beaten path
Quiet lives are lived
Sometimes it gets noisy


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Variable Oystercatcher 3

The variable oystercatcher. FZ200

The game is afoot
With sharp observation
We’ll apprehend the culprit


Variable oystercatchers breed most commonly on sandy beaches, sandspits, and in dunes, but will use a wide variety of coastal habitat types, including shell banks, rocky shorelines, and less often gravel beaches. They forage in all these areas and also on inter-tidal mud-flats in estuaries, and on rock platforms. Variable oystercatchers are not usually seen far from the coast, but will forage in paddocks, and occasionally nest a short distance inland, usually on mown or grazed grassy areas or bare ground. A very few nest around lakes or a short distance up braided rivers. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cunningham Pier

Cunningham Pier.Geelong Vic. Aust.

In morning light
A freshened glow
Ready to seize the day


Cunningham Pier opened as the Railway Pier in the mid-1850s. Disused by the 1980s, formerly occupied by a Smorgy's restaurant. Currently it is used as a social venus called 'The Pier'. ~ Bernard