Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lunar Time Lapse

The International Space Station was scheduled to pass in  front of the Sun as seen from our backyard, here on Bonaire, at 8:45 this morning.  Unfortunately the skies are very cloudy today, so we weren't able to check it out.
The cloudy and windy weather does make for comfortable living and working conditions, so I'm not complaining. (much)
So in place of pictures of the ISS and the Sun, here is a short time lapse of the moon rising behind the TWR antenna towers.
The moon is midway between the two right hand towers.  It starts behind some clouds and eventually becomes visible.  After you watch the clip the first time, you'll be able to spot the moon more quickly the next time around.
The clip is made up from 260 images, take over 44 minutes on November 2.  I was busy getting  our pickup un-stuck from the mud while the camera was making many of the exposures.



Saturday, November 04, 2017

"New car" whoo whoo


We just got a new used car.  It is ten year old Suzuki Grand Vitara. 

It only has 43K miles on it and was meticulously maintained.

We had our previous 1991 model Suzuki Samurai for 23 years and I still see it on the road here, so we have high hopes for this one.

Sandra and Coco gave the inside their stamp of approval.  Now the squeaky clean upholstery has dirty dog footprints all over it..

Full Moon at the Office

I shot a few images of the full moon rising over the TWR offices and studios Friday evening.

My goal was a time lapse, but the moon went behind a cloud bank and stayed there.

I did get a few shots before that happened though.


Transmitter Site Sojourn

Our Bonaire technical team; Jonas, Dave and Marco, was at an orientation session at the Nautel transmitter factory in Canada this past week.  They now know our new transmitter inside and out.  That transmitter will be shortly be on its way to Bonaire, and if the guys remember all that they've learned, they should be able to zip through the installation come January.

This mass technical exodus left me in charge of the transmitter here on Bonaire.  Yikes!  So I journeyed out to the site each afternoon.
While I was out there I set the camera to taking lots of images that I might be able to merge into a time-lapse sequence.  Here are a couple teaser images.

Intense Thunder Storm

I was out at the Trans World Radio transmitter site last Sunday evening, when a humdinger of a thunder storm passed over the center of the island.

I saw a couple amazing lightning bolts that made me glad I was far far away.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Painting the new TWR Bonaire mural

Here is a time lapse sequence of the mural painting project compiled by Jonas Fischer.  It was too large a file to load here so I put it on YouTube with a link to it here.



Tuesday, October 03, 2017

New TWR Bonaire Mural



Here are a few pictures of the new mural at the TWR Studios / Offices on Bonaire.  I've added these to the collection of 13"x19" prints that are available at the TWR office for $20.  Half goes to my ink and paper fund and half goes to TWR.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Preview of Orion

The seasons don't change that much here on Bonaire.  But we enjoy watching the star patterns in the sky change week by week and month by month.  Winter stars are beginning to peak up over  the horizon now.  I was getting  home from the Studio a little after 11pm recently and enjoyed the sneak preview of stars that will be mainstream fare in a month or two.  By 1am, the constellation Orion is about 20 degrees above the horizon here on Bonaire, not that I'm typically awake to see it. Here is a shot of Orion and the surrounding nebulosity, made from a stack of seven images shot back in January. I processed them two different ways. Both frames are cropped some, shot with a 35mm lens on a Rebel XTi (400d).
 

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cuba Hurricane Report

Here is an update on the post hurricane(s) situation in Cuba, from Alberto Gonzalez, the director of our local ministry there.




‘May God help us to be faithful and steadfast in the midst of so much disaster’


The hurricane did a lot of damage in Cuba on the North Coast, from Camaguey to Havana and only now, little by little, we are actually seeing everything that happened. Many people have lost everything! The house of a pastor we visited once, was washed away by the sea and his village almost completely disappeared, although all the people were evacuated and safe.
Noise of the wind was scary
The strength of the wind and the storm surge was very impressive in Havana. There have been some landslides, many fallen trees, and all vegetation is damaged, but in reality, it was not as bad as expected.  All my family, thank the Lord, is fine and we were not affected at all by the hurricane although the noise of the wind was scary. The RTM office was not damaged in any way, except for the absence of electricity and telephone for many days.

Beautiful opportunities for churches
There are many damaged churches in Cuba in the places where the cyclone happened. But there have also been beautiful opportunities to share faith and strengthen people’s trust in the Lord. Churches have also mobilized by sending clothing, food, and help to the most affected places. It seems that although we have little, in moments like this everyone has to give and share. God is great! 



Apocalyptic times
No doubt, we are living in apocalyptic times. The coming of the Lord is soon. It was amazing to know there were so many hurricanes occurring all at once in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Yet the whole of humanity seems to live in a time of folly, corruption, selfishness and boundless disagreements. I am horrified by the news that we now see on TV, but at the same time, it keeps me firm in the Word of God: "Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming? (2 Peter 3:11-12). May God help us to be faithful and steadfast in the midst of so much disaster.

Peace in the midst of difficult days
I trust that from now on we will hear many tremendous stories, as well as testimonies of how the Lord cared for and protected his people. Despite the lack of communication for so many days, I was always sure that the family of RTM would be praying fervently for all of us and that gave us peace in the middle of the most difficult days when the threat was imminent.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Storm Related Broadcasts

TWR, Bonaire is doing more live hurricane related broadcasts this week on our 800AM frequency.  We're in English from 7 to 8 pm and in Spanish from 10-11 pm Bonaire time.
We are streaming it live on the "TWR-Bonaire" Facebook page too.

I'm in the studio on Bonaire and the hosts (who were all in this region back in the day) are in Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic.

Bill Early and Scott Hollinger will be hosting the English, with a visit from recording artist Babbie Mason on Friday.

Annabel Torrealba (pictured) and Jehiel Ortiz will be on in Spanish.  (Jehiel's participation will be contingent on his having power and Internet in the DR.)