Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amazon Smile reminder

If you are ordering any last minute Christmas gifts on Amazon, don't forget that you can use smile.amazon.com to have a percentage of your order cost go to a charity like Trans World Radio.  As of November,  AmazonSmile has contributed $5,726.66 to TWR and over $156 million to all the charities in the program.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Space Station and the Moon

The Moon was five hours from full Wednesday evening, when the International Space Station passed right in front of it, as seen from Bonaire.

Here is a short video - the space station moves from left to right across the middle of the Moon - don't blink!

There is plenty of room for improvement, but at this stage of the game, I'm happy to have captured it at all. The Moon was still pretty low in the sky and the Bonaire winds bounced the camera around quite a bit.

If you can click on it to see it full size, it will be easier to see the space station.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Andromeda Galaxy

I don't think I ever posted this picture before.

It is the M33 galaxy in Andromeda.

I shot it in November, eight years ago!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

16x20" Bonaire Canvas Prints

I saw a good sale on canvas prints, so I printed out a few of my Bonaire photos to see how they would come out. They came out quite nicely.  The flamingo one, and the towers and stars one have proven to be the most popular.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Moon, Venus, Mercury and Spica

There was a skinny Moon tonight. If you are on Bonaire, it is gone. If you are to the west of us, you might still get to see it.

Below the Moon, down towards the horizon, was Venus. To the left of the Moon, almost to the out of focus tree branch in the picture, was Mercury, and to the lower left of Mercury was the star Spica.

I can see Venus and Mercury in the thumbnail image, but you'll need to click on to see Spica I think.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday Gotomeer Pano

Friday dawned with some nice wind coming from the "correct" direction. It isn't exactly windy by Bonaire standards, but it feels refreshing. Thursday morning was still pretty calm. Here is a pano I shot at Gotomeer with a real camera, while I was waiting for the sun to come out from behind a ginormous cloud, and light up the flamingos. It looks to me that for Facebook sized images, the phone does just as well as the camera, but I always have big-ish prints in the back of my mind... and then one can see the difference. I did finally shoot a bunch of flamingo pictures, but I haven't looked at them yet.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Flamingo Video from my Bike

I shot this from my bike on Tuesday morning.  You can see my front tire at the end of the clip.

No-Wind Mornings

We've had very low winds for more than a week now.  And what breezes we do get, are coming more from the South than usual.

The surface of Gotomeer was glassy smooth Tuesday morning on my early bike ride.  I shot a few pictures with my phone.  I returned on Wednesday armed with two cameras, and the water was still smooth, but the lighting was poor.  Grrr.

Sunfish Update

We've had weak and wacky wind, classic September-October weather, for the Sunfish World Championships.

Apparently it made for very tricky racing. I shot these pictures from Bachelor's Beach. There are Sunfish going every which way.

You can read about the results at Info Bonaire.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sunfish Sailing Worlds

The Sunfish world championships are being held here on Bonaire next week. One can even buy one of the boats complete with accessories and a special Bonaire flag sail at the end of the event.