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