Here is a version that shows the star trails from Aug. 11 forming over time.
Brad Swanson reports on the happenings in and around Trans World Radio's station on the island of Bonaire. TWR Bonaire broadcasts Gospel music and Bible teaching programs which can be heard in Latin America and the Caribbean: in the Spanish, English, Portuguese, Baniwa, and Macuxi languages.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Star Trails Timelapse
Rooi Lamoenchi Time Lapse Sequence
Here's a time lapse from Aug. 11, when I was out at Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi. It covers about two hours of time and 260 pictures that I triggered manually, 'cause I couldn't find my second interval timer. I'll process this again later, to try to remove some of the flicker, but it is still cool to see the movement of the stars over the two hours. The North Star is just over the small building in the middle of the picture. The little dipper extends upward and curves to the left from the North Star. You can see the handle of the Big Dipper on the left side at the start of the sequence. There must have been some haze because there is a glow around these bright stars.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
I caught a Meteor, barely.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Perseid Meteor Madness
I was out 'till about 12:30 last Wednesday, but didn't see much in the way of meteors. Perseus was just coming up over the horizon when i left, so it might have gotten better in the wee hours of the morning. Perseus is far enough to the North that I typically don't see much meteor activity here in the Tropics. I took a ton of pictures that i haven't looked at yet. I also shot a few scenes that caught my eye. Here is one from the entrance to Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi.
Cacti Milky Way
Here's another shot from last Wednesday. If i can remember where I shot this, I'd like to go back some time with a normal lens instead of a wide angle one. The cactus silhouettes put emphasis on the Milky Way and I'd like to see more MW detail. I think there was enough room so i could back up and still get the cacti in the frame.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Karpata, July 29
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Monday, August 09, 2021
Another Kibrahacha Tree at night
Here's another Kibrahacha tree / Milky Way picture. I was fighting some clouds but still happy that the Moon, Milky Way and Kibrahachas all fell into place.
Kibrahacha Tree at Night
I'm always looking for new foregrounds to include with the Milky Way. I'm also always looking for new ways to show Kibrahacha trees. So last night i was able to combine the two. I shot a nighttime Kibrahacha tree image a couple years ago, but i like this one better. One can even see lots more flowering trees on the hillside at the lower left side of the image.
Friday, August 06, 2021
Another Milky Way image
Here's a Milky Way shot from Tuesday evening. The skies weren't as clear as Monday. This was taken somewhere east of Amboina. I got totally lost out there so i don't know where i was, nor if i could ever get back there! You can see Alpha and Beta Centaurus by the horizon on the right side of the picture. You can see the Little Dipper rising vertically from Polaris near the horizon on the left side of the picture. Jupiter is the bright light near the horizon in the middle of the picture, with Saturn shining to its upper right.
The heavy rains we recently had here have triggered some of the Kibrahacha trees. Here is the view from the TWR parking lot in Hato. I may have to do a Kibrahacha exploration bike ride tomorrow morning, to see if the trees in any other areas are blooming as well.
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
More Milky Way Madness
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Pedrito el Pulpo Back in Action
This past Saturday, our Trans World Radio partner in Venezuela just held their first Pedrito El Pulpo kids rally of the summer. They had about 300 kids in attendance, and no electricity, until someone located a generator. They had heavy rain at the end. Maybe that is the same rain that swamped Bonaire on Monday. It seemed to come from the South.
Monday, August 02, 2021
Milky Way west of Rincon
Here's another shot from the other night. This is a little west of Dos Pos. The lights of Rincon are lighting up the clouds. The bright "star" near the horizon to the left of center is Saturn.