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16 August - Here are photos of a visit to Washington, D.C. to see the Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center. See more of my images of Discovery in its retirement home. 16 August - Another great Kennedy Space Center Up-Close Tour offered through the KSC Visitor Complex takes people out to Launch Complex 39A where Apollo and Space Shuttle launches blasted off. It took two visits during different parts of the day to get the lighting right. Now that is dedication! See more photos of the launch pad visit.
16 August - More photos for fans of the Space Shuttle. A visit to the Vehicle Assembly Building to see Space Shuttle Atlantis in its last days of storage just before it went into final processing back in the OPF for the final work needed to prepare it for its life as a museum display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. See the images from this visit. 19 August - Shuttle operations are drawing to a final close with only a few more events on the table before the program moves into history. Case in point, work to prepare Endeavour for museum display is complete. All that is left is to fly her out to Los Angeles in mid-September. While waiting until then, Endeavour’s move the other day into the VAB reveals what an imposing piece of outcast technology she is. See more photos of Endeavour in the VAB taken Saturday morning.
25 August - For the past two nights in a row Sam and I trekked to Cape Canaveral, actually Merritt Island NWR, for the 4:07AM(!!!) launch attempts of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes. Both launch attempts were scrubbed, the first night by faulty range radar, and the second by stormy weather (Thank you, Isaac!). The launch has been rescheduled for 30 August to bypass Isaac. Here is a portrait of Sam checking out the observation area. Not pictured are the relentless swarms of mosquitoes attacking in the dark.
30 August - Sam and I almost missed the 4:05AM launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes when my poor Jeep suffered a spectacular tire blowout halfway to Cape Canaveral. After putting on the spare we had to settle for this distant view of the launch from the Eau Gallie Causeway looking across the Indian River Lagoon and the barrier island. See a larger image here. 9 September - Black & white night images of the ranch.
15 September - Florida’s fickle weather produced a downpour ruining my chance to get good photographs during the “windshield tour” offered by the KSC Visitor Complex to see Endeavour being loaded onto the 747 for its flight to California. See more underwater photos here. 20 September - The rain and clouds finally cleared out enough for Endeavour to leave Florida for the last time and I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph its departure up-close from the Shuttle Landing Facility. See more pictures of the Endeavour Fly Out.
4 October - It was a beautiful morning on the beach at Cape Canaveral today where I photographed a Delta 4 rocket carrying a GPS satellite into orbit. See more images of the launch. 8 October - I had the rare opportunity to view the Falcon 9/Dragon night launch close-up from inside Kennedy Space Center, which resulted in some nice photos and a great experience. See more images here.
15 October - I am fortunate in that the office where I work is located in the middle of an extensive conservation area, which means that when I look out the window I am sure to see all sorts of wildlife. What can be better but to share some of the amazing wildlife I run into at work and elsewhere. Today’s animal is a Red-bellied Woodpecker hitching up a palm tree while foraging for food this afternoon. Look carefully and its namesake red-belly is visible. Additionally, the vivid red-feathered Mohawk and checkered patterned wings make this an easy bird to identify. 16 October - A nice assortment of butterflies were found, including the pictured Gulf Fritillary, enjoying today’s early afternoon Sun amongst the wildflowers along the trail behind the boathouse at the office.
17 October - An overcast and dreary day threatening rain is mirrored in the face of this sleepy young Raccoon found relaxing up in a tree during the early afternoon along the trail behind the boathouse at the office. A couple of quick snapshots and I moved on so as not to disturb him. 18 October - Here is a gauzy image of a Cuban Brown Anole taken this afternoon in the bad light of a rainy day. Like the name implies, this little guy is not native to Florida.
18 October - This one is for Takako! A Marsh Rabbit munches its way through the landscaping at a posh beachside resort going for the flowers first. Somehow it seems only right that fewer resorts and more Marsh Rabbits would make this world a better place to live. 20 October - Here are images soon never to be seen again in person of Space Shuttle Atlantis in the VAB where it is spending its last few days before heading off to its retirement home. See more of this visit.
22 October - This Osprey seems to be the only thing flying these days at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in this leftover image from Saturday’s visit. 23 October - Here is another leftover image from Saturday’s visit to Kennedy Space Center. A Black Vulture perches atop a pole near Launch Complex 39.
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