After successfully carrying out its mission to deliver eleven ORBCOMM satellites into orbit, the Falcon 9 first stage returns from 124 miles into space at hypersonic speeds to make a soft landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A feat that SpaceX has long worked toward to achieve. The time exposure shows the long climb toward orbit at left. On its return the Falcon 9 could be seen falling at great speed until it neared the ground when its engines […]
A sampling of bird images from an afternoon visit to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Snowy Egret Great Blue Heron Cormorant Cormorant choking down a fish. Red-breasted Mergansers Red-breasted Mergansers Little Blue Heron Magnificent Frigatebird Ruddy Turnstones Ruddy Turnstone Brown Pelican
Monarch Butterfly larvae consume a milkweed plant in the backyard of a house in Winter Haven. Taken during the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society quarterly meeting in Winter Haven to visit palm landscaping around a home.
You would think this is about birds but there was only this lone Northern Mockingbird making himself easy to see on a December Saturday visit to Bok Tower Gardens. The inviting entrance barely bespeaks the preponderant plant potpourri inside. Florida’s Spanish heritage comes out in the architecture. Enter the well-stocked gift shop and plant store through the doors at right. Heavenly victuals await the weary visitor to the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Don’t expect things to look exactly like this in […]
The numerous weather delays for Orbital ATK’s fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station meant a lot of free time to photograph what was going on around nearby Port Canaveral as viewed from Exploration Tower. A view of Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral with the bad weather overhead that kept the mission on the ground for a few extra days. Launch days brings out […]
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A two day old report about a Sacred Ibis being spotted at the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Indian River County piqued my interest so I set out after work to see if I could find the bird. Here is a small sampling of other wildlife seen on the long hike around the Facility while trying to locate the Sacred Ibis. Skittish American Coots make a splashy exit whenever anyone draws too near. They never go very far, though, […]
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With all the rain lately there are a lot of frogs coming out of the landscape to enjoy the wet weather. One frog came to an untimely demise when this Grackle came upon it. Without much ado the bird swallowed the frog whole. Afterwards the bird looking quite satisfied with its meal.