The clockwork of the cosmos rolled around to produce a “Supermoon”, a close-approach of the Moon to the Earth making it look a bit larger than normal, and a lunar eclipse. A dual event on the evening of 27 September 2015 that won’t be repeated again until 2033. The easily visible part of the eclipse started around 9:07 p.m. and by around 1:30 a.m. it was all over. The eclipse was photographed from Bob Bruce and Janice Broda’s house on […]
A hot pink horse actually did unintentionally preside over the Florida Wildflower Symposium held at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida on September 25 and 26, 2015. The vibrant horse’s role delivered a vivid example of adding color to one’s garden but was not an actual participant in the Symposium sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Foundation. Following is a sampling of images from the Leu Gardens displayed without commentary since I was indulging my inner teenage photographer this […]
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Bob Montanaro took this marvelous macro photograph of a green orchid bee (Euglossa dilemma) at the (Pelican Island) Audubon House on firebush (Hammelia patens). Thank you to Carol Thomas, especially Dr. Eric Blosser, and Dr. Roxanne Rutledge, all from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, for identification help. This bee with its stunning, iridescent metallic sheen is thought to be a recent accidental introduction from Mexico or central American, where it and about 200…
A variety of insects were enjoying the sunny morning in the Teaching Garden of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research center in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris vittata) Dragonfly basking in the Sun. Bees everywhere attracted to the myriad flowers. White Peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) A knife-edge view of the White Peacock butterfly. A hasty shot resulting in a rather blurry White Peacock depositing a little orange egg on a leaf.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anartia jatrophae, Bambusa vulgaris vittata, bees, butterfly, Dragonfly, Florida, Ft. Pierce, Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, St. Lucie County, Teaching Garden, UF, University of Florida, White Peacock
A Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) came out of its burrow around sunset and attacked my camera though it may have been an act of love rather than hate. This was shot in a mangrove wetland along the Indian River Lagoon in Indian River County, Florida. The acton is sped up to make up for the Crab’s slow movements and today’s short attention span.
Native Florida critters highlighted a Saturday morning hike through the Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Palm Bay, Florida. These creatures are adapted to the Florida heat and dry landscapes much better than their human observers, especially on this hot day. The formidable looking entrance at the trailhead belies the nearby friendly, cracker-style, exhibit-filled, nature center. Sadly, the sign is a too often seen reminder to people not to be stupid. A colorful dragonfly. A wizened Gopher Tortoise, keeper of many secrets. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Brevard County, Cassius Blue Butterfly, Cooter, Dragonfly, Florida, Florida Softshell Turtle, Gopher Tortoise, Northern Cardinal, Palm Bay, Peninsula Cooter, Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Zebra Longwing Butterfly
The U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite launches into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 6:18 a.m. on 2 September 2015 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the gallery of launch images.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Mobile User Objective System, MUOS, MUOS 4, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Navy, United Launch Alliance, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket
Sitting at my desk at (Pelican Island) Audubon House I was happy to look out the window and see this Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) exploring the breezeway. Being close to the Indian River Lagoon and surrounded by wetlands it came as no surprise seeing this little guy show up. What was surprising, and a little disconcerting to actually see him doing it, was the Crab decided it needed a more elevated view of its surroundings and proceeded to climb […]