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.
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.