Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
There are about 50,000 Ticuna Indians living in some 200 villages along 600 miles of the Amazon river, right were the borders of Brazil, Peru, and Columbia meet. The challenges facing the indigenous people groups on South America evoke memories of situation in North America 150 years ago: gold fever, land grabs, massacres, disease and the like. The Ticuna are one of the most significant groups, and have managed to preserve much of their culture and traditions in spite of 400 years of contact with the not so benevolent outside world, yet the large Christian segment of the tribe is also able to enjoy a liberation from the tyranny of the spirit world.
On the Trans World Radio, Brazil web site, you can see one of the Ticuna leaders, who visited the TWR (RTM) offices in Sao Paulo. There are more pages of photos here. You will need to click on the little link that says "proximo" at the bottom of each page of pix to get to the next page of pix.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
They've just started streaming Christian music from their site as well. Right now, they have a special program, airing a number of times a day, that features selections from their panel of music critics top rated albums of 2006.
There is a realPlayer feed and a Windows Media feed. I'm listening to the Windows Media feed right now, and it sounds great on my computer's M-Audio sound card, playing through the dynaco power amp, and KLH model 17 speakers I've got here in my office. We're talking about a 40 year spread of audio technology in this system!
There is information on the 50 year history of TWR, news articles, as well as info. about the projects and programs that TWR Netherlands sponsors worldwide. It appears that one can obtain CDs of old radio messages by Corrie ten Boom, some of which I heard on the air here on the Bonaire station, back in the day. There are also Corrie ten Boom e-cards that you can send to your friends.
There is an abbreviated English language section, but most of the site is in the Dutch language, of course.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The top picture shows the area from Washikimba, towards the bottom of the picture, to Lagoon, towards the top of the picture. Spelonk would be off the top right corner of the picture.
We go to Washikimba when it is windy to watch the waves crashing against the coast. I still have some Estes model rockets from when I was a kid. We've launched them on that big plain at Washikimba when the winds have been completely still.
The bottom picture is the lighthouse at Spelonk. It is a 100% crop of the original frame. Sort of an after the fact "digital zoom" I guess.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
On Sunday morning (Dec. 10) just before sunrise, there will be a very very close grouping of Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, right down by the eastern horizon. The dogs tend to wake me up just before 6am, so I've been looking for these planets each morning for more than a week. But we are having our typical December early morning rain showers these days, so the eastern horizon has been too cloudy. I'm hoping for clear skies on Sunday, but not getting my hopes up too much.
Sky and Telescope has a great site that outlines what you can see in the night sky in any given week. I refer to it from time to time so that I don't miss anything special.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I first noticed this phenomenon many years ago, while doing my daily after work bike rides. I always try to get home by sunset, and one year, right about now, I thought that the sun seemed to be setting a little later, and began to investigate.
Sure enough. The earliest sunset here on Bonaire is in November and the latest sunrise appears to be around the last week of January.
Back when we lived on the seaside, I carefully timed the sunset each afternoon one year, just to be sure. It was quite cloudy and hazy this year, so I probably couldn't have checked it out even if I had wanted to.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The birds seemed to be positioning themselves to catch breeze and the first rays of the sun in order to dry themselves out.
It looks like there are three different types of pelicans in these pictures. The one on the left has a white head and neck. The one in the middle had a white head and a two tone neck, while the one on the right is all brown up there.
A dozen or so of us guys from the International Bible Church of Bonaire got together Saturday morning at the City Cafe for an informal farewell breakfast for Udo Luse. Udo and Bernie will be retiring from Trans World Radio and moving near their sons in California soon.
As we were contentedly munching our Mueslli, Sinterklass arrived, from Spain, on a tugboat at the pier across the street. We had a ringside seat. There were hoards of people, dignitaries, and a drum corps there to greet him.
If you'd like to learn more about Sinterklaas, scroll to the right side of this page and check out one of my first blog postings, still in the archives from November 2003.
Thank you Leila for this great picture of the man himself. More pictures of this year's event can be found in the Bonaire Insider photo gallery.
Monday, November 20, 2006
One of my fellow hikers caught me in action while I was shooting photos at the top of the hill we climbed last Saturday.
It was a good clear day for climbing hills. The Frankes climbed Brandaris and could see all of Curacao quite well. They got rained on while coming back down Brandaris and found that the rocks become slippery when wet. They also discovered that it can get quite cold in a 20 mph. wind when you are soaking wet.
It didn't rain on our part of the island and I got somewhat fried by the sun.
I stitched together three photos from the top of the hill we climbed last Saturday. The pictures got warped when I put them together, but it is still interesting to get an overview of the part of Bonaire where the majority of the population lives.
You can find the full size photo here. It is something 6145x750 pixels pixels, and about 900 megs in size.
If you view the photo at full size, you can see the salt company towards the left side, and then the towers of TWR as you move along the horizon towards the right. You can see Curacao on the horizon over the right end of Klein Bonaire.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Here is a close up of where we parked and hiked. We went up on the track to the right and came down on the track to the left. The left side was much better. If we do it again, we'll go both up and down on that left hand "path."
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I love this hill because it is only a few minutes from town, but it's like we were in a whole 'nuther world out there.
Here's Sandra getting in some rock climbing.
Looking to the East, we could see all the way to the Spelonk lighthouse.