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.
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.
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.
What appear to be rocks along Florida's east coast are actually living reefs built up over time by tiny marine bristle worms of the family Sabellariidae. The Sabellariid worms build protective tubes out of sand, ultimately forming large colonies that grow into mounding reefs. The reefs sometimes are exposed at low tide, creating tide pools and providing a habitat for a variety of other marine organisms. Please don't tread on the worms!