A time exposure shows the last SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket arcing up into the sky before vanishing below the horizon after lifting off at 5:42 a.m. on 29 June 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported […]
Every time Sam the dog goes into the front yard two Northern Mockingbirds appear as if from nowhere and they are both in a state of wild rage directed towards Sam. The Mockingbirds are defending their territory, of which my front yard belongs to them, and they must be defending a nest otherwise it is hard to fathom what else might set them off. Especially since the rest of the year the birds leave Sam alone when he makes an […]
An invasive and, in this case, exotic looking juvenile Cuban Treefrog seems to have found a comfortable home at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The ancestors of these little guys made their way from the Caribbean and ended up in Florida in the 1920s, most likely unintentionally in trade goods. Expert at outcompeting our Florida frogs, their varied coloration can make them look similar to some of our native Florida species.
A rather formidable looking but harmless spider, Leucauge argyra, has taken up residence in the Audubon House vegetable garden, a demonstration garden of the square-foot gardening technique. This spider is welcomed in most gardens since the species eats mainly insects harmful to plants and people, especially mosquitoes, which makes for the best natural pest control. Leucauge argyra is noted for being colonial with others of its species building nests nearby. This one particular individual appears to be alone at the […]