Friday, June 30, 2017

Bollards 23

Bollards Geelong Australia (23)

Tap, tap, tap
Strike up the band, Gilhooly
Ah, one, ah, two

The Bollards form a narrative of the people and events associated through history with Geelong, Victoria. The painted figures represent a whole spectrum of local characters from native inhabitants and explorers to opera singers and lifesavers, as well as preserving and highlighting historic events.

The inspiration for the Bollards came from the artist, Jan Mitchell. Work on the Bollards began in 1995 including nearly a year of extensive research with the last of the figures completed in 1999. ~ Bernard

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Golden Gift

Golden gift.

We open this book
A volume of yellowed pages
Well worth the reading

This is a rose with miniature genes in its parentage, the resulting plant is nice and compact with perfectly shaped Hybrid Tea blooms and a wonderful musk fragrance.

The golden yellow flowers age to pleasing pale caramel tones. They are produced one to a stem and in small clusters. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vishnu Temple

Fierce like the tiger
In lotus reposed
Ready to leap

Bangkok, Thailand ~ Karl

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ketchikan 2


Grandma Moses
Would paint this scene
With primary colors

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

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


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


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


Photo Credit

Saturday, June 17, 2017



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.
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, 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.

Halloween is over

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.

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