Brought from Asia in 1905, the air potato has been smothering native Florida vegetation for over a century now with its long vines sprouting grasping tendrils and large leaves. Nothing in its new found land has an interest in eating this all-encompassing interloper until recently when a small red beetle, called the Air Potato Leaf Beetle, was brought over from China to take on the daunting task of eating its way through this exotic pest plant. The Oslo Riverfront Conservation […]
Portraits of White Peacock butterflies in the landscaping around Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The garish Gaillardia flowers draw the White Peacock’s attention the most as a place to stop and feed on nectar. Note the coiled proboscis. Surprise! This bee flew by just as I was taking the photo. Nice catch that I did not even notice till I got home and looked at the photos. Anartia jatrophae sucks up the nectar.
SpaceX ran the Transporter Erector (TE) through its paces at Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in the hours before the launch of OA-7 from nearby Launch Complex 41. “Standing 212 feet high – more than 20 stories,” as a NASA press release explains, the Transporter Erector ”. . .will move launch-ready rockets and spacecraft from the processing hangar at the base of the pad up to the pad surface and into a vertical position over the flame […]
It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
Insects, an anole, and a fish from a few hours spent in the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Saturday morning with gusty wind making photography difficult as the insects whipped around on the weather-agitated plants.
The twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage has returned to Port Canaveral and is back on shore. Click to view the images added to the SES-10 launch photo gallery.
A collection of Cloudless Sulphur sightings in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The entire life cycle of this butterfly is taking place in and around the garden with different individuals in different life stages to be found. For starters, here are examples of the adult Cloudless Sulphur attracted to the nectar of their favorite plants in the garden. The erratic flight of Phoebis sennae is thought to be a protection from predators, especially birds.