Largest of the Kingfishers is Australia’s Laughing Kookaburra seen here at the Brevard Zoo. This bird of prey is noted for its manic call, which is a key feature in the background audio of a lot of Hollywood jungle movies regardless of the continent the featured jungle is supposed to be located.
Years ago at the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program and long before the International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex used to have a mockup of a future space station complete with animatronic astronauts. The idea was this is something the Space Shuttle would help to build although it looked a little sci-fi to keep it interesting. Sadly, this large station would not be built but the exhibit was fun. You know they are in space because the […]
Okay, this will be the last Jaguar photo from the Brevard Zoo for the foreseeable future. The fun thing about the Jaguar exhibit is that the Jaguars can climb out of their ground level enclosure and go up onto an aptly named catwalk that passes high over the path taken by the Zoo visitors. A fact that often goes unnoticed by people until it is pointed out that a Jaguar is staring at them from overhead usually leading to some […]
Spanish Moss along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports that Spanish Moss is not a moss but a bromeliad. An epiphyte that grows on others plants without relying on them for nutrients, rather taking their moisture and other nutrients from the air and detritus that comes near it. And contrary to popular belief, Spanish Moss is harmless to the plant it is growing on.
Sam and I came upon this Beggar’s Tick (Bidens alba) along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The Florida Wildflower Foundation calls it “…likely the most under-appreciated of all Florida’s native wildflower.”