Thursday, August 31, 2017

Raven Creates Man

Raven creates man Juneau

Birth mythology
However stated
Happened nonetheless


Mural on wall of City Hall, Juneau ~ Bernard

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pukeko 4

The Pukeko.(Swamp Hen)

One claw forward
Stalking the boggy fen
I see you my pretty


The Pukeko.(Swamp Hen)
The pūkeko is probably one of the most recognized native birds in New Zealand with its distinctive colourings and habit of feeding on the ground.

Pūkeko is the New Zealand name for the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio). There are many subspecies of purple swamphen.

The subspecies found in New Zealand (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) is thought to have landed here around a thousand years ago from Australia. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bollards 6

Bollards Geelong Australia (6)

Daisy Mae
Or Daisy Mae not
It all depends


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, August 28, 2017

Water Ripples

Water ripples. Rose "Nelson girls"

Ripples as echoes of beauty
All roses are perfect

Just like you
Water Ripples. Rose "Nelson girls"

Water Ripples is a freeware Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in filter. The highly realistic water ripples effect designer has numerous options as well as an impressive 3D quality. The random settings generator produces unlimited variations of rippled surfaces.

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~ Bernard


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Royal Palace


Ordinarily
You wouldn’t be allowed

But today is different

Remembering King Father - Cambodia 2013 ~ Karl

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another Wet Day

Another wet day in Juneau.

Necessity rain gear
Standard issue
No way around it


In wet years Juneau has more than 250 days of precipitation. Only 3 percent of these rainy days produce more than an inch at the airport. This means that Juneau has many light precipitation events in which terrain provides the main lifting and defines the precipitation pattern. ~ Bernard

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Pair of Waxeyes

A pair of waxeyes.

We’re buddies
Him and I
We do things together


Silvereye
Also known as wax-eye or white-eye, Zosterops lateralis belongs to the widespread family Zosteropidae. New Zealand possesses one species which is a relatively recent arrival in this country from Australia. Permanent invasion occurred in or before 1856, the birds obviously being carried in flocks across the Tasman Sea by one or more of the weather systems which, in these latitudes, travel in a predominantly east-west direction. By 1861 the species had established a permanent footing in the Chatham Islands. Now it has a wide distribution throughout the country and has even reached as far north as the Kermadecs and as far south as Campbell Island. It may be found in a variety of habitats from sea level to above the tree line but it is not abundant in deep forest. Flocks form in late autumn and winter and in some years these become very common in the lowlands. ~ Bernard

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bollards 7

Bollards Geelong Australia (7)

All dolled up
I’m off to the opera
Flamboyant affair


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, August 23, 2017

Iris Gee

Iris Gee Rose.

Immaculately cloaked
The Lemon Pimpernel
Comes to the rescue


This upright tall bush has flowers that look like silk. Creamy buff blooms that repeat well and cuts very nicely for the vase. This is a sport of the popular 'Liverpool Echo'. ~ Bernard

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