Picture of the week: The Large Size Telescope uncovered

The Large Size Telescope with the mirror finally uncovered and the camera finally in place, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
September 30, 2018

I went up to the Roque to do some tour guiding, and found the LST looking very different. The cover’s gone from the spectacular mirror! I used to think that nothing would ever make the MAGIC look small. Less noticable, but just as important, the camera is in place. It’s the white box just above the tower. The inauguration will be October 10th.


Sunday photo: bees on a palm flower

September 23, 2018

My car failed it’s technical inspection on Friday. Yesterday I went to Los Cancajos to get a hire car while my own is fixed, and I saw this Canary palm tree in flower. Wikipedia tells me it’s a male flower. Canary palm trees are a kind of wild date palm. You can eat the dates; you just wouldn’t want to, since they’re small, the pit is large and they’re much…


Photo of the week: Caldera de Taburiente from Los Andennes

September 16, 2018

Life is busy. I’m getting more tour guidg work than expected, which is great, but it does make it hard to get on with the writing. I’d hoped to send the 3d edition of “A Breathtaking Window” off to the printers by now, and I haven’t even finished writing it, much less got the layout and proof reading done. I still hope to have it on sale by Christmas. And…


Free book (SF satire)

Book 1 of the Zaftan Troubles by my fellow author Hank Quense is now available and it’s free on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/872986 and a number of other book sellers. The six other books in the series will roll out at two-week intervals. You can check out an overview of this scifi satiric series at: https://padlet.com/hanque/hdg4c2cy3njx

September 13, 2018