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


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 


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


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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Coalminers Memorial

A memorial to coalminers in Greymouth, New Zealand unveiled in 2013.

Kings of the mines
Were the humbled miners
Brave trenchant souls

A memorial to coalminers in Greymouth, New Zealand unveiled in 2013.
Traditional mining was highly dangerous. There were three main causes of accidents: rock falls, often when the pillars were mined; explosions, most frequently occasioned by firedamp (methane gas given off by coal), which was usually ignited by a miner’s naked flame; and tubs travelling on the haulage system knocking men over. ~ Bernard

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Old Stupa

This old Stupa
Respect for ancestors
Built from duty and love

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ketchikan Creek Street 2

Ketchikan Creek Street

Folklore abounds

Stories are told
More kept quiet

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pied Shags

Pied Shags.NZ.

The clan has gathered
For a day at the shore
Did you bring lunch?

This large black-and-white shag is often seen individually or in small groups roosting on rocky headlands, trees or artificial structures. In regions where it occurs it can usually be readily seen about harbours and estuaries associated with cities or towns. Unlike most other shag species, the pied shag is reasonably confiding, allowing close approach when roosting or nesting in trees. It generally forages alone, but occasionally in small groups when prey is abundant. The pied shag is found exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, wintering along the whole coast and inland in both countries. ~ Bernard

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fisherman’s Bay

Fishermans Bay Port Stepnens.NSW

Land’s brute shoulders
Soothed by supple fingers
Of a relentless sea

Fisherman's Bay, Port Stephens NSW

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 Tomaree 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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Customhouse at Hokitika

The Customhouse at Hokitika

Purposeful building
Simple but elegant
In a subdued way