Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Then and Now

 Here is a photo of the first TWR Bonaire office, back in the early 1960s.  When the current Hato offices and studios were finished in the late 60's, the original office and studio buildings were converted into housing.

Below is a photo of what it looks like today, complete with freshly mowed "lawn."

By the way, there is still a nice old style VW Beetle running around here on Bonaire.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

October "showers" bring November weeds.

It continues to be pretty rainy here on Bonaire. But the last couple days have been dry enough to do some grass cutting.

Kevin Baker and i mowed at the TWR houses in Playa Pariba, Jonas and I mowed in Hato, and here are a couple shots of Lionel mowing in our satellite antenna paddock.

I had thought about washing the car on Saturday, but was glad i hadn't when Saturday night found me again driving on wet roads. What i did do was wash the headlight lenses, so that i could see where i was going at night.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Heavy Rains = Clean Air

The rains yesterday seemed to have washed all the dust out of the skies. There was a super awesome green flash (like 10 on a scale of 1-10) yesterday evening.

This photo was taken shortly before the green flash while I was on my way to try to get a picture of Scorpius, Jupiter and Mercury hanging over the Slave Huts. 

When I got to White Slave, the mosquitoes were scary fierce (like 11 on a scale of 1-10) and I got out of there as fast as I could.

I did get Scorpius, Jupiter and Mercury from the downtown waterfront. Jupiter was down really near the horizon by the time I got there.  You'll need to look at the photos full size to see the planets and stars.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Rainy Rainy Day

We have rain!  Kind of reminded me of the movie, Twister, where a Cow comes sailing across the road and they say, "we have debris!"

Some weather came through a bit after noon, with heavy rain, lightning, and a reported water spout to the west. The streets downtown are completely flooded. I couldn't even see the speed bumps on Kaya P. Silie. Had to downshift to second as I plowed through the water that flooded the length of the street. This picture is by the yacht harbor, where the water from the stink pond sometimes comes across.

The radar map is from the Curacao weather center, www.meteo.cw

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Shimarukus in November

Went on an early morning bike ride around the North end of Bonaire, before the men's breakfast at the International Bible Church. I was surprised to see some Shimaruku trees with fruit on them! I think of Shimarukus as being a late January type thing.

It was a good excuse to stop and take a picture. Actually, i feel worse when i stop than if i were to just keep going. When i get near home, i ease off the pace some, so i can "cool down" a bit. Then i feel ok when i stop.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Mondi Mud Frogs

Was just outside tonight so that he dog could have a final pee. Aren't you glad i shared that? 
The Mondi mud frogs are croaking up a storm tonight. We had 2.5 inches of rain today, (6.3cm) which is a lot for Bonaire. More and more mondi is being swept up by housing developments, but the song of the frogs can still be heard on the night breezes after a heavy rain.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Moon and Venus for September

The sunset Tuesday evening, here on Bonaire, was one of the best I've seen in a long time. The skies were spectacular as I was driving past the airport on my way South. Hopefully others will post some pictures of the sunset at its peak.
By the time I arrived at Red Slave, the colors were only a dim glimmer of what they had once been. But it was now dark enough that Venus and the Moon were visible, which was the image that I had been hoping for.