Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Atlas V Launch at Cape Canaveral

I snipped this photo from NASA website. In an hour, hubby and I will be heading to Nicols Park, a good location to watch the launch of Atlas V. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket is scheduled to lift off at the  Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 right here in Florida. Nicols Park is located along US 1 and we lived just 3 minutes away from the park.
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The picture below is a boat dock near Nicols Park and the body of water that you see here is Indian River. Across the river is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where the picture above can be seen so tiny. With the help of my DSLR camera, I hope, I can capture the lift off.

I never use my DSLR since hubby gave it to me last Christmas. I never tried the feature and I hope I will be able to use the right function.

Anyway, the launch window is 8:48 - 9:28 p.m. It will be dark in Nicols Park but, expect there are people who wanted to witness this big event. So far, we have nice weather tonight. I took the picture above using my Blackberry phone during the launch of Falcon X so; it will be super dark. I really hope I will be able to get a good shot so I can share it with you. Wish me luck guys. See you later.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Woodpecker Caught in the Act

Early in the morning, the sound of the birds chirping is like music in my ears. It is always inviting to have a coffee at the gazebo and watch the birds hop and take a swim on the bird bath. On this particular day, I did have my coffe at the gazebo. While enjoying the early morning breeze, I heard a familiar sound. When I look up to the electric post, I saw a bird. I recognized it right away because it's not the first time that I saw the bird drilling and drumming on that post. What in the world ... LOL? That's tough! Good luck on digging bird!
woodpecker, WB150F
Here is a closer look of woodpeckers. They are so pretty. I have two frequent visitors on the bird bath and they are cardinals. I don't see them lately because for few days, I forgot to refill the water on the bird bath. They are really smart.
Many instances that they would grab my attention directing me to the bird bath with low water or worst ... dried out. I will then grab the hose and refill water on the bird bath. They will wait on the tree trunk above it, just staring at me and talking so loudly to themselves, LOL. When I am done, I will sit on my comfy chair by the front porch. The cardinals will then swim on the bird bath. They are so cute.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Indian River in Florida

One of the good things that happen to us in 2012 was when we bought a house in Port Saint John. The main street from our place is US 1 and the Indian River is about 2 minutes away. The Kennedy Space Center ( NASA ) is about 15 minutes more or less from our place.
The Indian River is a waterway in Florida. I love this view especially at sunset and sunrise. This is part of the Indian River Lagoon system which forms the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Nearby our place is Nicol Park and the view is amazing. Hubby and I usually go there for a picnic.
This road is heading to Kennedy Space Center and if you love to watch the dolphin, this area is one of the best places to spot the dolphin. Indian River extends southward from the Ponce de Leon inlet in New Smyrna Beach and also across the "Haulover Canal" and along the western shore of Merritt Island. This road heads to Merritt Island.
The Banana River is the second river nearby us and it flows into the Indian River on the island's south side. This Indian River continues southward to St. Lucie Inlet. It is pretty big. I learned from the folks here that Indian River was originally named Rio de Ais after the Ais Indian tribe, who lived along the east coast of Florida.
Indian River is shallow and I do not see anybody swimming in there yet. In Nicol Park, there is a sign that says "Beware of Gators". Indian River is popular for fishing and boating. It is 121 mi or 195 km long.
Indian River is an estuarine system where freshwater meets the salt water. When I took all these pictures, the air stinks. The bridges in the neighborhood prevented the flow of red drift algae. That is the reason why sometimes, the area around Indian River stinks because of the hydrogen sulfide odor.

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