Monday, June 26, 2017

South Island Bush Robin

South Island Bush Robin.NZ

Toothpicks you say
However spindly they may be

They launch my flight

The South Island robin is a familiar bird to those who venture into the South Island back-country. It occurs in forest and scrub habitats, where it spends much time foraging on the ground, and can be recognized by its erect stance and relatively long legs. ~ Bernard

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bollards 24

Bollards Geelong Australia (24)

Tickets please
Thank you, Ma’am

Next stop, Sea-on-Shore

No visitor to Geelong’s magnificent waterfront precinct can miss the whimsical bollards that stretch from Rippleside to Limeburners Point. Painted by local artist Jan Mitchell, the bollards have become an icon of Geelong, Australia. ~ Bernard

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nelson Girls

Nelson Girls.

Subtle blush of hue
Delicate performance
Yet, plunging neckline


The classic formed blooms are creamy apricot tinged with pink,set against dense glossy green healthy foliage. A tall spreading grower. 1.5m.
~ Bernard

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fashion


Won’t you look stunning
Wearing this for the dance
Don’t forget the shoes


Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok, Thailand ~ Karl

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Creek Street Ketchikan

Creek Street  Ketchikan  Alaska.

In the wake of the wind
The village awakens
Awash with whimsy


Creek Street is built along the shores of Ketchikan Creek. It was built over the water because it was simply too difficult to blast away the rocky hills surrounding the creek. This is a common theme with Ketchikan as you will notice a large percentage of the town was quite literally built over the water. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice


Gather at the end point
To view the start point
And so it goes for us


Link

Photo Credit

The sun is rising behind the Stonehenge monument in England, during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 a.m., Monday, June 21, 2010.Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight Monday as a bright early morning sun rose above the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice. About 20,000 people crowded the prehistoric site on Salisbury Plain, southern England, to see the sunrise at 4:52 a.m. (11:52 p.m. EST), following an annual all-night party.


CREDIT: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bollards 25

<Bollards Geelong Australia (25)

Hoy mate
Up for a game?
Give it a go brute


No visitor to Geelong’s magnificent waterfront precinct can miss the whimsical bollards that stretch from Rippleside to Limeburners Point. Painted by local artist Jan Mitchell, the bollards have become an icon of Geelong, Australia. ~ Bernard

Monday, June 19, 2017

Scarlet Sallow

Scarlet Sallow

Jet fighter
Ready for launching
Go get em, better fly


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fathers Day



I take your hand
I share my heart
We walk this path together


Link

Photo Credit

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Overcast skies
Sleepy waters
Tourists are restless


Friday, June 16, 2017

Black Swan

<Black Swan.

Graceful acknowledgement
Of adoring fans
Bless you my friends


The black swan is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. ~ Bernard

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tomaree National Park

Tomaree National Park. NSW

One after another
Each different
Yet the same


Tomaree is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 145–155 km (90–96 mi) northeast of Sydney in the Port Stephens local government area. It is located on the shores of the Tasman Sea, extending north from Fisherman’s Bay to Shoal Bay passing through Boat Harbour, One Mile, Nelson Bay and Fingal Bay. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cairns Birdwing

Cairns Birdwing

Winged paint box
An artistic delight
Signed Mother Nature


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Young Seller


Where there is a need
Where there is a want
There is a fulfiller


Kbal Chhay Waterfalls –Sihanoukville ~ Karl

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ketchikan Indian Mask

Ketchikan. Indian mask

You again?
I’ve seen you before
Persistent, aren’t you


Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Zealand Scaup 3

NZ Scaup.

On a sweltering day
To swim in a cool pool
Is a joyous pleasure


Scientific Name:
Aythya novaeseelandiae
General Information:
The New Zealand scaup, or papango, is an expert diver. Its legs are positioned towards the back of its body, which makes them clumsy on land but strong swimmers. This little duck can hold its breath for 20 seconds while it dives to a depth of 2–3m in see of fresh water snails and aquatic plants.
Habitat:
Endemic to New Zealand and found in deep freshwater lakes and ponds ~ Bernard

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sitting on the Dock

Sitting on the dock by the bay...

All alone are we
World spread before us
Let the past go


The Geelong Waterfront is a tourist and recreation area on the north facing shores of Corio Bay in Geelong, Australia. The area was once part of the Port of Geelong, falling into disuse before being redeveloped during the 1990s ~ Bernard

Friday, June 9, 2017

Paper Kite 11

Paper Kite Malaysia (11)

Spindly legs, antennae
Arms turned wings
This flying athlete


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thailand’s King


Shapes of respect
Forms of the culture
When in Thailand…


Bangkok, Thailand ~ Karl

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ketchikan Totem Pole

Ketchikan Totem pole.

A grim visage
Wide eyed and
Totem tailed



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kotuku

Kotuku, White heron, Egretta alba modesta,

Elegant in stance
Stately as well
Think nothing of it


Kotuku, White heron, Egretta alba modesta,

A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, mainly on the back. In flight, the white heron tucks its heads back into its shoulders so that the length of its neck is hidden, giving it a hunched appearance. When walking, the white heron has an elegant upright stance showing the extreme length of its neck. When resting it is more hunched with its head tucked in, making the birds appear more bulky. Important identification characters when separating white herons from other white egret species in New Zealand include overall size, relative neck length, bill colour and shape, and how far the gape (i.e. the corner of the mouth) extends back in relation to the eye. The white heron is the largest, longest-necked of the egrets, and the gape extends well behind the eye. ~ Bernard

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fisherman's Bay 3

<Fishermans Bay New South Wales Aust.

Queued in formation
One after another
They move to the shore


Fisherman’s Bay, New South Wales Australia

Fisherman’s Bay is a small suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the coast of the Tasman Sea adjacent to Anna Bay. A large part of the eastern portion of the suburb is occupied by National Park and only a very small portion of the south western corner of the suburb is populated. The suburb is named after the adjacent bay. ~ Bernard

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Paper Kite

Paper Kite 

Malaysia. Butterfly.

Slim helicopter
Regimental colours
Military precision


Paper Kite Malaysia
The paper kite, rice paper, or large tree nymph butterfly is known especially for its presence in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly
expositions. The paper kite is of Southeast Asian origin. ~ Bernard

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chinese Goddess


In a small garden
Guanyin pours forth
Compassion for all


Wang Sam Sien Temple – Pattaya ~ Karl

Friday, June 2, 2017

Indian Mask

<Indian mask.

Thhhbbbbtt!
Halloween is over
Yet…


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kea 2

Worlds only Alpine Parrot. Kea NZ.

With great effort
Skill and ingenuity
I accomplish my task


Worlds only Alpine Parrot. Kea NZ.
The kea is an unusual parrot. It is the only truly alpine parrot in the world, and gained early notoriety among settler farmers for attacks on their sheep. Innately curious, kea are attracted to people wherever they enter its mountain domain, and are a feature at South Island ski-fields and mountain huts. Their attraction to people and their paraphernalia is a two-edged sword, providing both new threats and new opportunities.

Identification
The kea is a large, strong-flying, olive-green parrot with scarlet underwings and a slender grey-black bill. Sexually dimorphic, female body mass is about 20% less than males and the bill is shorter. Juveniles have yellow ceres and eyelids, which fade to grey as the bird matures.

The commonest call is a long, loud, high-pitched descending cry which may be broken “kee-ee-aa-aa”, or unbroken “keeeeeaaaa”. Many quiet contact calls are given. Juvenile calls are less stable in tone, being more of a loud uncontrolled whooping or squealing. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Port Stephens 3

Port  Stephens. NSW Aust.

The day is upon us
Still quiet waters
Start your engines


Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi) located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Clipper 2

Cilpper Parthenos Sylvia

With grace you flutter
Seeking your energy drink
Nectar of the winged ones


Cilpper Parthenos Sylvia

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day


Fields of swaying poppies
Symbolize the fallen
Not for them, but for us


Link

Photo Credit

The Band Played Waltzing Matilida
June Tabor

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Skagway 4

Skagway (4)

Shall we disembark
Bundle up dear
We’re in Alaska


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Variable Oystercatcher 4

The variable oyster catcher.FZ200

I’m well balanced
Both fore and aft
Ready to spread my arms


The variable oyster catcher 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 oyster catchers 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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Queenscliff Pier

The Queenscliff Pier and Lifeboat Complex

Let’s stroll the beach
See what we can find
Oh, look, shiny


The Queenscliff Pier and Lifeboat Complex is of historical significance for its associations with the lifeboat service, the sea pilot service, the famous bay ferries and paddle steamers. Queenscliff Pier, built between 1884 and 1889 is of historical significance as a symbol of the early bay steamers and the numerous distinguished patrons brought by them from Melbourne to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. The pier perpetuates the memory of the Bay Steamer trade and the now demolished Fishermen's Pier. It contains the last lifeboat shed to be constructed over the water in Queenscliff. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scarlet Sallow

Scarlet Sallow  Papikio Rumanzovia .

Two bold colours
Black and deep red
Nature is an artist


Papikio Rumanzovia ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wat Khao Phrabat


Symbolic trunk
Raised in homage
To symbolic Buddha


Pattaya, Thailand ~ Karl

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Skagway 7

Skagway (7)

Evidence of man
The need to construct
From what’s available


Monday, May 22, 2017

Black Shag 2

Black Shag NZ

Got a hankerin'
For a suitable mate
Are you the one for me?


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 term shag seems to have come about in reference to the crest on the head of some species. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fisherman’s Bay 2

Fishermans Bay.  Port Stephens. NSW

A jumble of earth
Written in stone
Read through the ages


Fishermans Bay is a small suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the coast of the Tasman Sea adjacent to Anna Bay. A large part of the eastern portion of the suburb is occupied by Tomaree National Park and only a very small portion of the south western corner of the suburb is populated. ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Paper Kite 9

Paper Kite.Malaysia. (9)

Get my crayons!
A project has arrived
Page by page


Malaysia ~ Bernard

Friday, May 19, 2017

AngelWitch


Which angel witch
Beckons one forth
To the cauldron


The famous walking street - Pattaya, Thailand ~ Karl

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Skagway 15

Skagway (15)

Not that long ago
Trails and caves
Hardscrabble living


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Black Shag

Black Shag NZ.

Ready for dinner
Watching for my meal
To swim to my table


One-third of the world’s shag species are found in New Zealand, where they are icons of lake and coastal landscapes. The diverse shorelines and rich marine and freshwater resources offer many habitats for these elegant, straight-flying birds. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cunningham Pier 2

Cunningham Pier. Geelong Vic.

At the end of this road
White edifice awaits
Yet, not our journey’s end


Cunningham Pier is probably the most iconic structure on our magnificent waterfront. Opening in the mid 1850’s, the pier was a vital part of our port with rail being used to load and unload cargo up until the late 1970’s. With the modernisation of Geelong’s ports, Cunningham Pier was no longer suitable and fell into disuse.


Other than the odd visiting naval vessel Cunningham Pier sat dormant for many years. But in 1989, some local entrepreneurs saw the potential of the green cargo shed on the pier and started the first of what became an institution on Geelong’s social calendar, New Year on the Pier. This mammoth event turned the goods shed into a huge nightclub with thousands seeing in the New Year. New Year on the Pier remained on the pier each new year until the pier was sold off in the 1990’s, forcing a slight name change to the event when it became New Year by the Pier. ~ Bernard

Monday, May 15, 2017

Clipper

Clipper "Parthenos sylvia"

Warm tiger colours
Klieg lights draw attention
To the heart of the matter


"Parthenos sylvia"
The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapping stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day


To honor the vessel that bore us
Not once nor twice
But all the days of our lives


Link

Photo Credit

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Skagway 16

Skagway (16)

Peak-a-boo
I come out to you
Aren’t I scary?


Friday, May 12, 2017

A Pair of Gulls

A pair of gulls.

Hey, Charlie
Didja hear about Bruce?
I’m not one to squawk


Also known as the Dominican Gull, the Black-backed Gull is familiar and widespread around NZ, as they are in other parts of the southern Hemisphere. They are very good at adapting their diet to their environment, and anything indigestible will regurgitate as rounded pellets. They are the largest and most heavily built of the New Zealand’s gulls. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse.

We rise upon stairs
Touching the sky
All the way


The Cape Byron Lighthouse is Australia's most easterly light being situated on the most easterly point of the mainland. It is also Australia's most powerful Lighthouse. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Orchard Butterfly

Orchard Butterfly

Flying coloring book
Need more crayons
To fill in the spaces


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wat Chai Mongkol


Offerings
From the purse
From the heart


Pattaya Thailand ~ Karl

Monday, May 8, 2017

Skagway 17

Skagway (17)

Roof angled for snow
Fireplace for heat
Salmon paint for attraction