Merritt Island, Part 1

Merritt Island is Florida’s largest barrier island. It is home to the Kennedy Space Center and the 140,000 acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The mangroves can give the illusion of it being more land than water. although the very still heron in the background illustrates the water is not deep. Click on the image for a larger view.

Space Shot

This Sunday, when Naomi and I stepped out of the house, we saw the SpaceX Falcon 9 spacecraft head towards orbit—Cape Canaveral is about a two-hour drive from here. I grabbed a shaky photograph of its ascent. The rocket was carrying a spy satellite or some other secret payload. Click on the image for a larger view.

Abandoned Orange Grove

The remains of an orange grove. Orange trees can produce fruit for up to 50 years, making them one of the most productive fruit trees. The sandy soil and climate in Florida makes citrus an ideal crop. I do not know the history of this particular grove, but, from the area of land it occupies, it must have been fairly large. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Happy 2018

We wish you a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

2018 is the year of the dog by the Japanese calendar.
All fine traits of human nature are found in people born in this year.
Duty, loyalty, and honesty makes them do their best in relationships with others.

Click on the image to see a larger image of Hikari, our Newfoundland.

Pacara Earpod Tree

Since moving to Florida, I have found the Pacara Earpod Tree, Enterolobium contortisiliquum, fascinating. I have photographed it several times: here and here. These are the seed pods that give the tree its name and are about 7 cm in diameter. Not surprisingly, the tree is a member of the pea family. And being a member of the legume family, this tree is a huge nitrogen fixer. It is, however, an invasive species. Click on the image for a larger view.

A Tree Revisited

I have photographed this tree under visible light before. Click on the image for a larger view.