Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Knobbies

The Knobbies. Victoria.

Aqua pools of foam
Between white waves
Splashing on the rocks

The Knobbies. Victoria

The Nobbies are at the far western end of Phillip Island, Victoria Australia. Early Tertiary basaltic lavas are best exposed in the cliffs and shore platforms along the southern coastline between The Nobbies and Sunderland Bay. ~ Bernard

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fox Glacier 11

Fox Glacier New Zealand.

A whale of ice
Comes up for air
Dives to the depths

Named in 1872 after Sir William Fox, New Zealand's then Prime Minister, the Fox Glacer is only 25 kilometres from Franz Josef Glacier.
At 300 metres deep, and 13 kilometres long, Fox falls about 2600 metres throughout its journey. ~ Bernard

Sunday, January 29, 2017


In quiet contemplation
At peace within, without
Metta for all

Chbar Ompov Pagoda

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Juneau 6

Juneau (6)

Restraint of tongue
Prevents retaliation
Problem solved

Friday, January 27, 2017

White Faced Heron 3

White faced heron.

Standing in the shallows
Ready for my meal
Patiently I await

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. ~ Bernard

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Surf Club

Lakes Entrance.Surf Club.Aust.

Green face, yellow hair
Bloody teeth, ginger beard

Wooden man in the wild

The Lakes Entrance SLSC's Lookout Tower on the Main Surf Beach ~ Bernard

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fox Glacier 6

Fox Glacier.

Tumble and tumult
Blue ice shines through
My hands are cold

The Fox Glacier is a 13 km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It was named in 1872 after a visit by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir William Fox. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Trumpeting I’m here
With a cast of characters
The circus is in town

Chbar Ompov Pagoda

Monday, January 23, 2017

Juneau 8

Juneau (8)

A purposeful boat
Trim and ready to go
Look sharp mates

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pukeko 3

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Having thus evolved
I am what I am
No more, no less

(Porphyrio porphyrio)

The Pukeko, or New Zealand Swamp Hen is a member of the rail family, and is similar to other species found all over the world. It is one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival of man, and can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups will often be seen foraging for food in road-side areas.

With their bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out against the New Zealand greenery, particularly when their white tail feathers begin flashing in alarm. Just why they have struck a chord with the Kiwi psyche is hard to say, but you'll find their images on all manner of art and craft works. Ask any visitor to New Zealand what bird they remember most, and they will more than likely answer, "The Pukeko!" ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beach Patrol

Beach Patrol.

Breeze is strong
Feet feel chilly water
Few swim today

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fox Glacier 5

Fox Glacier NZ

Our steps in winter
Crunching on the rubble
In silent echo

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Many mouths to feed
Many tongues to lash out

Sharp teeth to rend the feckless

Naga at Chbar Ompov Pagoda, Phnom Penh ~ Karl

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Juneau 9

Juneau (9)

The gentle sounds
Of wood knocking the pier
Peaceful harbour

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

White Faced Heron 2

White faced heron.(Ardea novaehollandiae)

In a fowl mood
She stalks her prey
Turns on a dime

Ardea novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron was an occasional visitor to New Zealand in the early 20th century, and eventually began breeding there in the 1940s. Now they are the most numerous and widespread herons in the country. They are found along the coast, and inland around wetlands. ~ Bernard

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gold Coast 12

Gold Coast Australia (12)

Over and again
Like fingerprints

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fox Glacier 4

Fox Glacier NZ

Dirty ice falls 

Blocking cave entry

The Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe in Māori) is a 13 km (8.1 mi) long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It was named in 1872 after a visit by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir William Fox ~ Bernard

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chbar Ompov Pagoda

The fantastic
And the sublime
To interest and beguile

Chbar Ompov Pagoda is just over 

Monivong Bridge HWY 1 Phnom Penh. 
Its an old pagoda, not really kept up well, but beautiful! ~ Karl

Friday, January 13, 2017

Juneau 10

Juneau (10)

There goes Gertrude
We can tell by her tail
You go girl

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Australasian Crested Grebe 2

Australasian crested grebe.  (Podiceps cristatus australis)

Gliding through waters
Steady as the east wind
Web feet paddle unseen

(Podiceps cristatus australis)

Crested grebes occur throughout Europe and central Asia, Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. They also winter in parts of southern Asia. In New Zealand, crested grebes occur widely in the South Island but are extinct in the North Island (although occasional birds are seen there). They occur on up to 100 lakes from small tarns to large glacial lakes, with their strong holds in the Canterbury and Otago high country. They are rarer and have declined significantly in Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast and Fiordland, but have recently began nesting on the coast in Canterbury, where their numbers are increasing. They forage in a variety of shallow lakes, but require lakes fringed with rushes, sedges, reeds or willows to nest. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gold Coast 1

Gold Coast Australia (1)

Having left our caves
We build and inhabit
Ones of steel and glass

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fox Glacier 3

Fox Glacier NZ

Cold on the move
Down these raw slopes
To a watery end

Monday, January 9, 2017

Buddha 2

The golden one
Showing the way
Of awakening

Prasat Mountain ~ Karl

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Juneau 12

Juneau (12)

Faith of our grandmothers
Totems of ages past
Have meaning today

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Variable Oystercatcher with Chick

Variable Oystercatcher with chick.

Oooh, Mama, come look
Before it gets away
Awwww, you’re not looking

Endemic to New Zealand, the Variable Oystercatcher, Haematopus unicolor, is a bird that many people will happily stop and watch as it goes about hunting for food.

The Variable Oystercatcher is to be found on both North and South Islands, around the rocky and sandy coastline. There are only thought to be a few thousand Variable Oystercatchers left in the wild, but there is still a good chance to observe these birds in areas such as the Bay of Plenty. ~ Bernard

Friday, January 6, 2017

Beaches 36

Australian Beaches  (36)

Balance is the thing
Whether walking on water
Or gliding the curls

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fox Glacier 2

Fox Glacier NZ

A bluish tinge
Glows in the melt
Ice rocks seek their level

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bak Seiy Choum Krong

From on high
She swoops down
To give cooling shade

Bird shadows Buddha from sun,
Prasat Mountain ~ Karl

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Juneau 16

Juneau (16)

‘Neath misty forest
A neighborhood thrives
With emboldened color

Monday, January 2, 2017

Spotted Shag

Spotted shag.NZ  (Stictocarbo punctatus)

Come to attention men
I’ve some thing to tell you
Come closer, it’s private

(Stictocarbo punctatus)
During breeding the spotted shag looks regal in its patterned cloak of plumage, the muted browns and greys a departure from the stark black and white of many shags. It has a generous double crest, the eye ring is a greenish blue, and the flesh in front of the eye is an almost fluorescent emerald green. Fine white feathers hang from its neck. Most of these features become lost or muted outside the breeding season. The birds build nests in cliffs, preferably under overhangs, using grasses, seaweed and other vegetation. ~ Bernard

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year’s Day

Down through the years
All the days of our lives
With differing numbers

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