Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Independence Monument


Official symbols
Pass in review
Guardians of the gate


King Father of Cambodia (laid to rest) ~ Karl

Monday, August 21, 2017

Public Art Works

Public art works Juneau.

The salmon run
Intrigues children
Of all ages


The Juneau Empire Mural painted on the wall of a parking structure a few blocks from Downtown Juneau. ~ Bernard

Sunday, August 20, 2017

White Faced Heron 5

White Faced Heron.

Got my overcoat
Braced for inclement weather

Scarf and boots too!

The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic habitat, including damp pasture and playing fields. Because it occupies space also shared with people it is usually well habituated to their presence, and may allow close approach.

Identification
The white-faced heron is a medium-sized heron with primarily blue-grey plumage. As the name suggests it has white on the face and the front of its neck. The back is medium blue-grey with the chest and underside more brown-toned. In breeding plumage, white-faced herons have strap-like grey plumes on the back, and shorter pinkish brown plumes on the breast. The dagger-like bill is dark grey, dull yellow at the base, and the legs are pale yellow. In flight the white-faced heron usually tucks its head back towards its shoulders in the characteristic heron posture, but it will also fly with the neck out-stretched. Its open wings show contrast between the pale grey fore-wing and dark grey main flight feathers on both the upper and lower surfaces. Immature birds lack the white face. ~ Bernard

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bollards 8

Bollards Geelong Australia (8)

Today’s paper, sir?
Fresh off the press
Help a poor girl out


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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Burma Star

Burma Star Rose.

Two troubadours
All brash and humorous
Come to entertain the crowd


Unfading apricot flowers that grow in upright clusters on a medium to tall bush. Very free flowering. ~ Bernard

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Riverside


Flags fluttering
As a bird flies above
A day like all days


In front of Royal Palace
Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mural

Mural Juneau Alaska.

Aboard the ark
The voyagers are hungry
Hoping for a good catch


The Juneau Empire Mural painted on the wall of a parking structure a few blocks from Downtown Juneau. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blue Duck

Blue duck. (Whio) NZ

What’s a nice duck like you,
Doing in a place like this?
Oh, I see, okay


This species is an endemic resident breeder in New Zealand, nesting in hollow logs, small caves and other sheltered spots. It is a rare duck, holding territories on fast flowing mountain rivers. It is a powerful swimmer even in strong currents, but is reluctant to fly. It is difficult to find, but not particularly wary when located. ~ Bernard

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bollards 10

Bollards Geelong Australia (10)

Swim team at the ready
Competing head to head
To swim across the bay


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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Solitaire

Solitaire.

With demure blush
She enters the ball
Curtsies gracefully


Genus: Rosa
Variety or Cultivar: Solitaire' _
Solitaire' is an upright, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into ovate, toothed, semi-glossy, dark green leaflets and, from late spring into autumn, clusters of large, strongly fragrant, double, yellow flowers with pink petal margins. ~ Bernard

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Waiting!


Respectfully we stand
Anticipating the passing
Of our fallen leader


Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back Streets

Back  streets of Juneau Alaska.

Working class families
Neighborhood upkeep
Colors brighten the eye


Juneau, Alaska ~ Bernard

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Silver Eye 3

Silvereye.NZ

Short of tail
Small of beak
Pretty, am I not?


The silvereye has a wide distribution throughout New Zealand. They can be found from sea level to above the tree line but they are not abundant in deep forest or open grassland.
Slightly smaller than a sparrow, the silvereye is olive-green with a ring of white feathers around the eye.
Males have slightly brighter plumage than females. They have a fine tapered bill and a brush tipped tongue like the tui and bellbird.
Silvereyes mainly eat insects, fruit and nectar.
The silvereye was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832 and since there is no evidence that it was artificially introduced, it is classified as a native species. Its Māori name, tauhou, means 'stranger' or more literally 'new arrival'. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bollards 13

Bollards Geelong Australia (13)

Daisy out for the evening
Fun, dance and song
Karaoke for sure


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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grace

Rose "Grace"

Move over
Make some room for me
Jeesh! Some flowers!


English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose
An outstanding garden plant bearing neat and fragrant rosettes
An outstanding garden plant producing many charming, pure apricot rosettes. Delicious, warm tea fragrance. Very healthy and repeat flowers extremely well. ~ Bernard

Good for disease resistance
Repeat Flowering
Highly Fragrant ~ Bernard

Monday, August 7, 2017

Phnom Penh City 1


The air is still
In quiet meditation
We gather


Ceremonial events take place at this site for King Father of Cambodia
(for cremation) ~ Karl

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Juneau Sign

Juneau Sign.

Smoking birds how absurd
But just in case

The walrus knows


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Waxeye

Waxeye or Silvereye.NZ

I may be small
Yet full of my self
I fly like the wind


The silvereye – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white-eye – is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes.
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the 1800s and now have a wide distribution throughout New Zealand. They have made the forest their home and are now among the most common bird in suburbia too. ~ Bernard


Friday, August 4, 2017

Bollards 16

Bollards Geelong Australia (16)

With tricorn hat
Sharp evening wear
Cuts an elegant figure


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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Girl

My Girl.Rose. FZ1000

My dear, have you heard?
Rose was out on the town
Slept till the rising sun


My Girl, a great all round rose that deserves to be more widely grown in New Zealand.

While classified as a Hybrid Tea and has the large blooms typical of this type of rose, they are flat and come in clusters much like a floribunda. The blooms open rose pink and by the time they drop, they have a lavender tinge.

The plant is low growing and bushy making it ideal for even the smallest of gardens. Very healthy as well so a great all round rose – probably its best attribute is its consistency. There is even a hint of fragrance to please those lovers of fragrant roses .

Bred by Sam McGredy from Northland x Big Purple, My Girl is readily obtainable from garden centres and specialist rose nurseries around New Zealand. It was selected by a panel of school children as their favourite rose at the New Zealand Rose of the Year trials in 2009. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Drum’s Beat


March in somber tones
Slowly step forward
As drums set the pace


Phnom Penh City ~ Karl

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ketchikan Creek Street

Ketchikan Creek Street Alaska.

Shall we meander
By the quiet water
And the bustling town


Visited by thousands of visitors every year, historic Creek Street Ketchikan Alaska is one of the most popular things to do in Ketchikan. The antique boardwalk on wooden pilings over Ketchikan Creek is home to restaurants, unique curio shops, the Dollys House Museum & private dwellings, as well as some of the best salmon viewing areas in Ketchikan. Married Mans Trail and the Salmon Ladder are also not to be missed when exploring Creek Street! ~ Bernard

Monday, July 31, 2017

Silver Eye 2

Silvereye. Lumix  FZ200

Rosy belly
Violet cape
Olive cowl


The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s, and is now one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species. It is found throughout New Zealand and its offshore and outlying islands, occurring in most vegetated habitats, including suburban gardens, farmland, orchards, woodlands and forests. Silvereyes are small songbirds that are easily recognized by their conspicuous white eye-ring; their plumage is mainly olive-green above and cream below. It is an an active, mobile species that moves about frequently, including making sea crossings. ~ Bernard

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bollards 17

Bollards Geelong Australia (17)

Resplendent brass buttons
Helmet as well
Ready for inspection, Sir!


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, July 29, 2017

Betty Boop

Betty Boop.

Delighten my eyes
My nose and my soul
For I nurture your growth


'Betty Boop' is a bushy, upright, floribunda rose growing to 3 to 5 feet tall. Semi-double, ivory-white flowers with red edges are borne in clusters over a long period. They are mildly scented. New leaves are dark red, maturing to glossy green. This cultivar does not produce hips. ~ Bernard

Friday, July 28, 2017

February 1, 2013


Out of step they march
With flowers, not guns
Hearts in unison


Funeral Procession ~ Karl

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ketchikan Fishing Boats

Fishing boats Ketchikan Alaska.

Like a convention
A gathering of the tribe
Whatever floats your boat


Ketchikan is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050 within the city limits, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Pair of Pied Shags

A pair of Pied  Shags.NZ

Heckle and Jeckel
Stan and Ollie
You and me


Pied shags mainly inhabit coastal habitats about much of New Zealand. Adults have the crown, back of the neck, mantle, rump, wings, thighs and tail black, although on close inspection the upper wing coverts are grey-black with a thin black border. The face, throat, sides of neck and under parts are white. The long, hooked beak is grey, the iris is green, and legs and feet black. On breeding adults, the skin in front of the eye is yellow, at the base of beak is pink or pink-red, and the eye-ring is blue. Non-breeding adults have paler skin colours than breeders. The upper parts of juveniles and immatures have dark and pale brown tones. Their under parts are white but with varying amounts of brown mottling, from almost entirely brown to little at all. The skin in front of eye is pale yellow, at the base of the beak is grey - pale pink, and eye-ring is grey. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bollards 18

Bollards Geelong Australia (18)

A winsome young miss
Attends the parade
Brought her dolly to see


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, July 24, 2017

Abraham Darby

Abraham Darby.

Yes, I’m wet
Go soak your head they said
Satisfied?


In early summer, ‘Abraham Darby’ bears large, deeply cupped blooms in shades of pink, apricot and yellow and, in spite of their size, they continue to be produced for the remainder of the season. They have a rich, fruity fragrance with a refreshing sharpness. ‘Abraham Darby’ is an excellent, vigorous, medium-sized shrub. It has a bushy, arching habit and large, polished, rather modern leaves; flower, growth and leaf are all in proportion and never clumsy. Named to celebrate the inventor Abraham Darby, who, with his son and grandson, played an important part in the industrial revolution. ~ Bernard

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wat Khao Phrabat 2


The golden Buddha
In patience sits
Greeting this moment


Jomtien, Thailand ~ Karl

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Salmon Spawning

Ketchikan Salmon Spawning

In shallow waters
On glistening gravels
Comes fulminating life


Starting out as small eggs in a stream bed, they hatch and begin their journey downstream towards the ocean. They spend a couple of years in the streams and rivers growing from small alevin to juvenile smolts. At the mouth of the streams and rivers, the smolts school together and ready themselves for the trip out into the ocean. During this time, their bodies change to adapt to the seawater. The young adult salmon then head out to sea and spend several years swimming in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. Once they have fully matured, they will swim back to their original stream or river where they re-adapt to the fresh water and swim back up the stream to reach their spawning grounds. Sometimes this means swimming up rugged rivers with miles of rapids and even waterfalls to leap. Once they get back to their natal stream, they breed and lay their eggs. After spawning they generally die within a week, fertilizing the stream and creating a nutrient-rich environment for the new infant salmon that are about to hatch. ~ Bernard

Friday, July 21, 2017

Female Shell Duck

Female Shell Duck.NZ

Glistening in evening sun
Masked for evening soiree
Ready for some fun


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.
Paradise shelducks breed only in New Zealand and are widely distributed in pasture, tussock grasslands and wetlands throughout the mainland and offshore islands. ~ Bernard

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bollards 19

Bollards Geelong Australia (19)

Ruddy faced innocent
Shiny new uniform
My career just beginning


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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sympathy Rose

Sympathy Rose.

I offer my self
For your entertainment
Applause is welcome


A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fly Over


Amid the spectacle
Look ye upward
Ye who hath gathered


Phnom Penh, February 1, 2013 ~ Karl

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ketchikan 3

Ketchikan Alaska.

Hear the tinkling piano
Honky tonks are open
Set 'em up, Joe


Ketchikan is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050 within the city limits, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state. ~ Bernard

Sunday, July 16, 2017

White Heron (Kotuku)

The White Heron (Kotuku) NZ

As fashion evolves
Feathers no longer the rage
For hats and human drapery


A rare bird

Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the great egret. 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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bollards 20

Bollards Geelong Australia (20)

Not so prim and proper
But I’ve a job to do
The library awaits


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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Moody Blues

Moody Blues.

Stop pushing
Give me a little room
I need to bloom


This novel new rose is one not to be missed. The beautiful large blooms are of a blue-lilac colour in the bud, with the petal edges tipped violet, then as the flower develops the colour softens to a much warmer silvery-lilac. Growth is strong and vigorous with excellent disease resistance. Blooms are borne in profusion with staggering continuity and an exceptional perfume. A talking point in any garden. ~ Bernard

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In Mourning


Throngs of the living
Honor he who has passed
Sadness rules the day


People lined the streets in Phnom Penh to mourn their King's death on February 1, 2013 ~ Karl

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fishing Boat Ketchikan

Fishing boat. Ketchikan. Alaska.

Tide is low
Hopes are rising
Fishing grounds await


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

White Faced Heron 4

White faced Heron.

Wading in the shallows
With sharp eyes
I’ll find my prey


Self introduced from Australia the white-faced Heron is now the most common heron, having benefited from the widespread conversion of forest to farmland.
This slim bluish-grey heron has a white face, chin and upper throat, and a black bill and greenish-yellow legs. Strap-shaped plumes which form in the breeding season are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. The call is a guttural croak.
The diet is fish, frogs and tadpoles, aquatic and pastures insects, spiders, earthworms and mice. ~ Bernard

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bollards 21

Bollards Geelong Australia (21)

Checking my work
Oh! Drat. A misspelling
Typesetter’s lament


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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo

Dew drips from your mouth
You have been thirsty
That was refreshing


Trusses of soft salmon pink festoon this tall growing shrub rose. The buds opening are perfect for posy's and the vase. healthy with mid green foliage compliments this rose well. ~ Bernard

Saturday, July 8, 2017

King Norodom Sihanouk


Bring out the gold
The flags, the colors, the crowds
Our leader has left us


Funeral Procession February 1, 2013
Phnom Penh City, Cambodia ~ Karl

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mural Ketchikan

Mural Ketchikan Alaska.

Beasts of air, land, water
Common struggles
Common goals


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover.

I have all I need
Not a feather too many
Nor one too few


A medium-sized plover with short dark bill and long dark legs. Adults in breeding plumage have black running from the face down the throat and belly to the underparts and flanks, with the crown, nape, and upper parts densely spangled with gold, black and white. Non-breeding birds have a buff-apricot wash with dark speckling on the breast and dark patches in front of the eyes and an ear patch. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bollards 22

Bollards Geelong Australia (22)

Beautiful day for a ride
Wheels got stuck in the sand
Can you help me?


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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day


With great fanfare

And Tchaikovsky’s overture 
Bombasts the night

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Photo Credit

National Emblem March