Naomi and I went to Buck Lake to enjoy the night. The glow of Orlando can be seen on the horizon. Humans inhabit this small planet within a thin layer of air. Beyond that is an unimaginably large universe. While full of stars and planets, we have found no other substitute out there for this world; no place we could actually live. Click on the image for a larger view.
My current project has kept me busy. I have only found time to get out at night for some fresh air. We have had very clear nights for a week that have coincided with the full moon.
The camera does not see the night as we do. When light levels dip below a certain point, human vision loses the ability to perceive color. The camera does not. Night images can appear as if they were taken during the day. The moon reflects sunshine without altering its color. The angular size of the moon is the same as the sun. Only the stars visible in the sky betray the illusion. Click on the image for a larger view.
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is found on trees throughout the South. While called a moss, it is actually a flowering plant. It used to be used commercially in the early 20th century as padding in car seats. Click on the image for a larger view.
Everything in Florida is green. The endless summer means trees can hold their foliage year round. To see a barren tree that appears too young to have died from natural causes is odd. I wonder if this was a casualty of Hurricane Irma (see this tree one month later). Click on the image for a larger view.
A large conservation area abuts our community. Most of the land is forested, but very different to the forests on Maine. While fern is common to both places, the forest floor is entirely underwater. Click on the image for a larger view.
The week ended much better than it began. We were very luck to have so little damage from Hurricane Irma. Many in Florida are still feels her effects. Click on the image of Buck Lake for a larger view.