Route 60 Westbound | Indian River County | Florida Not quite Winslow, Arizona, but this Florida town can be known for rolling up its sidewalks as soon as the Sun goes down. The trucks heading out of town a metaphor for escaping urban crankiness. Paradoxically, had breakfast once in Winslow on a bright and cold winter day in a large, empty cafe with dirty windows letting a yellowish light through. In connecting with the empty streets, the place had a […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 on 11 October 2017 at 6:53 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket arcs over the Atlantic as seen in this sunset time exposure taken at Blockhouse Beach at Patrick Air Force Base. Click for more images and information about this launch. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NROL-52 on 15 October 2017 at 3:28 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, EchoStar-105, Falcon 9, Florida, Indian River Lagoon, Kennedy Space Center, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL-52, Patrick Air Force Base, SES-11, SpaceX, time exposure, United Launch Alliance, Vero Beach
Art Gallery | Vero Beach | Florida Former auto parts store turned art gallery shines at night along the empty streets at the edge of the old downtown. Down the road, a beer bottle hurled from a passing car shatters the stillness with a distinctive tumult of sound. After that, silence, with only the art as witness.
A collection of images taken during Aviation Day at Vero Beach Municipal Airport on 17 March 2012. While there are some aerial elements to Aviation Day, it is mostly a static display of aircraft. The Hammer & Sickle displayed on a Soviet-era YAK 55 aircraft, which is seen below.
The Vero Beach Air Show featured the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet that is a combination of an attack aircraft and a fighter plane flown, in this case, by the U.S. Marines. According to the U.S. Navy, “In its fighter mode, it serves as escort and fleet air defense. In its attack mode, it provides force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.” The Super Hornet flew in place of the expected U.S. Navy Blue Angels who canceled their appearance […]
Looking out the window one morning last week while sitting at my desk at the office I saw Pileated Woodpeckers foraging in the oak trees in the parking lot. Grabbing my camera I went out into the awful light of an overcast sky threatening rain and took a few photos of the birds. The immediate surprise was that there were four of them in a group so most likely a family of two adults with two of their offspring from […]
Here begins the third and final post wandering McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaur exhibit. More waterlilies in a shadowy spot along the trail. Our first look at the Bambiraptor. The raptor part is obvious for this carnivore. The Bambi part is a bit of a tale. The family that discovered the fossilized remains loved the Disney film so they gave the name “Bambi” to their discovery. An odd choice given the Bambiraptor probably lacked the true Bambi’s gentle […]
Categories: Dog's Tail • Tags: Allosaurus, Anole, Bambiraptor, Black Racer, carnivore, Cuban Anole, Dimetrodon, dinosaur, Florida, fossil, Guy Darrough, herbivore, Hurricane David, McKee Botanical Garden, paleontology, Royal Palm Grove, Sleeping Tree, Toog Tree, Vero Beach, waterlilies
Picking up where we left off in the previous post, the trek through McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaurs continues. The imposing Daspletosaur (Frightful Lizard) lives up to its name. As a crafty carnivore this truly frightful lizard would most likely hide in the bushes to pounce on unsuspecting Garden-folk who paused to relax on the bench along the trail. Now that is something I would have liked to have seen. People travel far and wide to come to […]
Categories: Dog's Tail • Tags: carnivore, Citipati, Daspletosaur, dinosaur, Dragonfly, Florida, fossil, Guy Darrough, Hall of Giants, herbivore, Heterodontosaurus, Hypsibema Missouriense, McKee Botanical Garden, obelisking, paleontology, Placerias, Quetzalcoatlus, Sordes, Vero Beach, waterlilies