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Burrowing Owl - about 9 inches tall

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I'm trying my hand at becoming more creative with flowers.
Quite a cocktail!!! Dinner with friends at Mellow Mushroom. I ordered a Bloody Mary, no alcohol, with lime and maybe olives and stuff. No lime. Lots of "stuff!!!" Yummy!!!
One of my favorite wildlife subjects - the Roseate Spoonbill. Black Point Wildlife Drive. 2016.
My husband and I were very lucky to receive an offer from a friend to accompany them to the launch this morning. We had access to and parked at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on the Kennedy Space Center property at Cape Canaveral.

The last few days while waiting for this day to arrive, I found myself contemplating how my life has kinda sorta come full circle. My father was a photographer and movie producer for the Air Force – 30+ years – before his early death. When I was a child, we lived in northern California and my father would photograph the missiles and rockets that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. We watched countless launches, including very colorful explosions at night. At one point, a bunch of the kids from the neighborhood, including me, were asked to “express excitement” outside during a launch while we were filmed for some type of a movie.

Fast forward many (many) years, and I am now in Florida watching the Space Shuttle launches in the 1980s and 1990s; then becoming a digital photographer; and, today, photographing a rocket launch for the first time. Hmmm.

Anyhow…here’s the details of this image…

The launch was delayed about 25 minutes, which put the sun almost directly behind the rocket; so, what I ended up with is a silhouette. I learned today that it’s not always about “getting the perfect image;” it’s also about the experience of being there and being present in the moment; as well as enjoying the company of friends.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Kennedy Space Center. United Launch Alliance launch pad. Atlas V rocket (191-feet-tall). NASA’s newest communications satellite, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M). The TDRS-M will orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, while providing communication links between the ground and orbiting satellites such as Hubble and the International Space Station.

Nikon D500. Tamron 150-600mm lens. 1/4000 sec at f/9.0, ISO 100. 350mm.
Camera-shy snail seen at a local Wawa gas station. Image made with iPhone.
Scene beside/behind a 7-11 in Madeira Beach from last weekend. Image made with iPhone while husband was inside getting coffee.
More of the scene beside/behind a 7-11 in Madeira Beach from last weekend. Image made with iPhone while husband was inside getting coffee. Color and black/white versions. Slide to see second image.
Little frog 🐸 that was on the Plumeria yesterday. Image made with iPhone and edited with Snapseed.
Playing around with a new app, #Plotagraph, which was recently made available for the iPad. $4.99.
Interesting house I saw in Winter Garden. It's either being demolished or renovated. Image made with iPhone using two images and apps TrueHDR and Snapseed.
The "blue" hour moment during sunset on Lake Monroe. Nikon D500. Tamron 10-24mm lens.
Just before sunset at Lake Monroe, a storm was brewing. Image made with iPhone.
Sunset image from Lake Monroe. Image made with iPhone.