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 kĊtuku (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

Link

Photo Credit

National Emblem March

Monday, July 3, 2017

King Father


Pomp and ritual
Symbols and tradition
We all play our part


King Norodom Sihanouk Funeral Procession February 1, 2013, Cambodia ~ Karl

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ketchikan Creek Street 3

Ketchikan Creek Street

Satellite dish
Aimed just above horizon
For best reception


Creek Street. is a boardwalk built on pilings alongside Ketchikan Creek. In the olden days it is where the prostitutes had their houses and did their business (as late as the 1950's). Now it is little shops and a few restaurants... ~ Bernard

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day


The sap is running
Crunch of hooves hauling sleds
Over crystal snowfall


Link

Photo Credit

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans