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, USA.
A flock of wintering Pelecanus erythrorhynchos has been entertaining the crowds this week at the Viera Wetlands. Large groups of the massive birds fish the pond in unison producing an effect more poetic than Swan Lake itself!
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.
Huge new condo towers loom ominously over Miami's Mary Brickell Village. In the foreground, construction cranes stand ready to "redefine the Miami skyline" with yet another tower, the 64-story Brickell Flatiron building. Pockets of charm remain in the Brickell neighborhood but they are now few and far between!
Barrancas Beach is a lovely spot to watch the sunset but you'll never see it quite like this. The Pensacola lighthouse is well to the right of this scene - something I always seem to forget when I plan a visit here. So this is two exposures to mold reality to the image I carry in my mind. The beach and lighthouse are on Pensacola Naval Air Station and while the lighthouse is open to the public, the beach sometimes requires a military ID.
Tiny bristle worms have created a small reef at the beach closest to my house. What appear to be rocks in the water are actually sand tube mounds that can only be seen in the couple of hours surrounding low tide. On this day, having misread the tide table, I arrived when the reef was barely visible. The scene wasn't very dramatic but I worked it hard in the camera and on the computer for what I hope is a pleasing result!
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.
Kee-yer, kee-yer, kee-yer. Squirrels, prepare to meet thy doom!
Merritt Island, Florida, USA.
I find The Peterson Field Guides tremendously helpful in spelling out the Bird language. Peterson describes the call of the Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) as "kee-yer" but the translation to English is mine.
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.