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


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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


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


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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


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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


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