Two great blue heron (Ardea herodias) youngsters at the Viera Wetlands wait eagerly for their evening fish dinner to be "served." The parent downed three fish this size so I imagine there was plenty to go around.
Sunset colors and plumes of aerobatic smoke provided a number of dramatic photo ops at this year's Valiant Air Command and Tico Warbird air show. I thought the view of this Yak 55 was particularly lyrical as the plane leveled out against a backdrop of sun and clouds.
Brevard County, Florida, USA.
The sight of wintering white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) has made a visit to the Viera Wetlands particularly delightful in recent weeks. I'd take these over real swans any day!
Sony 70-200mm f/4.
Viera Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida, USA.
A large flock of Pelecanus erythrorhynchos has been entertaining the crowds this week at the Viera Wetlands. These two are squabbling but in more cooperative moments large groups fish in unison and look truly more poetic on the lake than any swans.
Hurricane Matthew chewed hard on our beaches as it passed last week and very rough high tides continue to threaten the fragile dune. This wasn't much of a morning for photography but I challenged myself to find a picture despite the wind, the rain, and the unfortunate condition of the beach.
The western eye wall of Hurricane Matthew crept menacingly close to us here but most of the structural damage was limited to the docks and boathouses that line the Intracoastal Waterway. We're deeply grateful we were spared and sadly mindful that many, many others experienced much worse from Matthew's fury.
An Atlas V rocket puts on a show for beachgoers as it lifts a massive U.S. Navy satellite into orbit.
Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida, USA.
This launch vantage point is only reached after a bit of a drive and then a decent walk along the beach. I'd also like to note our Florida weather on this morning was anything but balmy. The spectacle was well worth the effort, however.
This is the view of SpaceX Launch Complex 40 as seen from the ITL causeway. ITL is an acronym for "integrate-transfer-launch" but it seems that back in the Titan III days the road also was called the Titan causeway. The name still may be in use today - please drop me a line if you know.
The payload for this May 27, 2016 launch is the Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite built by Orbital ATK.