On February 11, 2018, I captured the basic images (a sequence of 15) of Sunspot #AR2699 for this composite. Mounted on a Manfrotto tripod the equipment included a Canon EOS 60D using 400mm, ND1600 filter, ISO-100, f25, 1/160sec.  I used RegiStax6 to stack 11 images, then enhanced the result with Photoshop CC to produce the inset. Sunspot […]

October 31

On the Range

While I was cleaning two guns after shooting a box of ammo through each a few days ago, I remembered competition shooting in San Diego. I was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 1957-58. I volunteered for and qualified as a member of the MCRD Pistol Team. As long as I did my […]

October 13

Volcano National Park

    September 2017     Along with my son Geoff Wilson and granddaughter Erika Larsen I went for a helicopter ride over the Volcano National Park on the Big Island -Hawai’i. We went with the doors removed from the helicopter so we could have unrestricted views with our cameras. Our flight left Hilo International […]

May 25

Pixelated Picture Problems

A while back I decided to join the growing ranks of TV cable-cutters, or in my case satellite dish removers. Before I pulled the plug, I did some fiddling around with makeshift, jury-rigged antennas to discover that indeed I could receive HDTV OTA (Over The Air). In keeping with the ancient adage that “There ain’t […]

April 13

Blue Angels visit Naval Air Weapons Station

    Back in March of 2017, the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, hosted an airshow featuring the world famous Blue Angels – the US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team. According to local media, more than 50,000 people attended the two days of acrobatics and precision flying. It had been 34 years since […]

January 02

Feline Household Dominator

           Princess is the imperious feline dominator who condescends to allow me to live in the house I built. Gifted to my wife some fourteen or fifteen years ago, Princess is an outdoor/indoor cat with a decided preference for the former. She has sleeping arrangements in both the house and the garage, depending on the […]

December 01

Gearing up and Going Diving

My SCUBA adventure to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with my sons Phillip and Geoffrey and Phil’s wife and daughter was a great trip. An unfortunate stumble walking up an incline in soft sand caused me to torque my left knee and ankle and I decided (wisely) to stay dry for the last day of diving. I took […]