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


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 "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


Photo Credit

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Skagway 16

Skagway (16)

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

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bush Robin 5

Bush Robin. New Zealand.

I sing to the heavens
For one and all to hear
It’s a good day to sing

The New Zealand robin or toutouwai (Māori), (Petroica australis), is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed through the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura, although the distribution is not continuous. The South Island robin (Petroica australis australis), and the Stewart Island robin (Petroica australis rakiura) are today accepted as subspecies. The species is closely related to the North Island robin (formerly Petroica australis longipes, now considered a distinct species and also to the extremely rare black robin (Petroica traversi) of the Chatham Islands. ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunrise over the Noosa River

Sunrise over the Noosa River.

Like some Torii
A spiritual dawning
This way comes

The Noosa River is a river situated in South East Queensland. The catchment starts in Wahpoonga Range near Mount Elliot in the coastal Great Sandy National Park and meanders south through a lakes district around Tewantin. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco De Mayo

Swaying to the music
Swirling flamboyant dresses
Parade the promenade


Photo Credit

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Walking Street

Down these sordid alleys
Distractions of the night
Entice the lonely

Pattaya Thailand ~ Karl

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Skagway 19

Skagway (19)

Jeepers Creepers
Finders Keepers
A board walk to get here

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pied Shag 4

Pied Shag.

Nonchalant are we?
Devil-may-care attitude?
We’ll see about that

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

Monday, May 1, 2017


Dear Wiccan Goddess
Open your beating heart
That Grace may emerge


Photo Credit

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Giant Eggfly

Gaint egg fly Hypolmnas Bolina

Masque at a ball
Who can it be
In this disguise

Hypolmnas Bolina

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Onward valiant soldiers
Charging into battle
War rages within

Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arbor Day

I’m feeling free
I’m over the trees
Floating along
On a soft summer breeze


Photo Credit

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Australasian Grebe

Australasian Grebe.

Elegant in tails
Dressed to the nines
Well, maybe 8 and a halves

The Australasian grebe is a small waterbird common on fresh water lakes and rivers in greater Australia, New Zealand and on nearby Pacific islands. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Port Stephens 2

Port  Stephens. NSW Australia.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently ‘cross the sea
Merrily in life’s dream

The port was named by Captain Cook when he passed on 11 May 1770, honouring Sir Philip Stephens, who was Secretary to the Admiralty. Stephens was a personal friend of Cook and had recommended him for command of the voyage. It seems Cook's initial choice had actually been Point Keppel and Keppel Bay, but instead he used Keppel Bay later.

The first ship to enter the port was the Salamander, a ship of the Third Fleet that later gave the suburb of Salamander Bay its name, in 1791. In that same year escaped convicts, then known as 'bolters', discovered coal in the area.

In 1795 the crew of the HMS Providence discovered a group of escaped convicts, living with the Worimi people. Port Stephens became a popular haven for escaped convicts and so in 1820 a garrison of soldiers was established at what is now known as Soldiers Point. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Common Eggfly

Common Eggfly

Batman rises
Upon extended wings
Over green metropolis

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


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

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.

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017


‘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

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
For weary travelers