The old Glass Bank in Cocoa Beach is currently being demolished. Besides being a local landmark, this early 1960s building at one point represented the future and the dawning of the Space Age. Sadly, the building could not survive the passage of time and changing tastes, an onslaught of destructive hurricanes, and a bad real estate market. Take your pick. I have been documenting the destruction for a longer photo feature blog to come in the future but here is […]
Spaceflight is dangerous and the occasional loss of life is memorialized every 28th of January on the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (STS-51L), which also honors the lost crews of Apollo 1 and the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) amongst others. My collage features the remains of Launch Complex 34 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where the crew of Apollo 1 died in a fire during a training session aboard their spacecraft atop the Saturn 1B rocket along […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Apollo 1, Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Challenger, Columbia, Day of Remembrance, Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, KSC, Launch Complex 34, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Saturn 1B, Saturn 1B rocket, Space Shuttle Challenger, Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107, STS-51L
Cleaning up the last of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) images for now from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, mostly of gators sunning themselves in the cold air. More Alligator photos to come sometime in the future.
A continuation of Alligator Study #2, getting a better angle of one of the big gators (Alligator mississippiensis) in the dry wallow. Look at the size of that back leg! And the claws! These Alligators are enormous and are part of the fun of any visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge where gators can be seen roaming in the wild of the huge Refuge.
Those who stuck around long enough after the field trip portion of Saturday’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory-Pelican Island Audubon Society conservation stewardship class were treated to the sight of two adult Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a juvenile Bald Eagle soaring overhead above the Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Juvenile Bald Eagles, like the one pictured above, don’t attain the classic Bald Eagle appearance until four to five years of age when they molt into their […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, Bald Eagle, Eagle, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, Pelican Island Audubon Society, PIAS, UF, University of Florida, Vero Beach
Continuing on the theme of American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, it is important to remember that they have the run of the Refuge, so when you get out of your car to walk around, be careful about walking into something like this. It could be a problem. During the cold months, the Alligators often come out of the water to maximize what heat they can get from the Sun to warm themselves.
A fun thing to do when it is cold is to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to see all the American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) sunning themselves to keep warm. Here are a few photos over the next few days of these large, magnificent reptiles taken from various areas around the Refuge.
The Bensen House built in 1916 in Grant, Florida along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon is open periodically by the Grant Historical Society so people can get a glimpse into an earlier age. The stories of the various persons connected to the house include industrious, hardworking people interested in education and the community but whose lives were touched by murder, madness, and disease over the years. So much for the myth of simpler times in the pioneer days.
Had the rare opportunity to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy’s new communication satellite from a viewing site at Kennedy Space Center adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. View a gallery of images from the 20 January 2015 launch at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/muos3.html
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Atlas V rocket, Banana Creek Viewing Site, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Mobile User Objective System, MUOS, MUOS 3, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Navy, ULA, United Launch Alliance