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The VAB in Black and White

As part of the #NASASocial media group, we had a rare opportunity to see the inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center. There was so much to see, so much detail, that I thought the b/w images suited the subject well.

Marching Ants

My chive plants, when in bloom, attract these odd red/orange ants every year. One plant was loaded with them!

Hovering Hummingbird

Why yes, I do seem to have a collection of photographs of various hummingbirds, eh? Hummingbirds are as common in Costa Rica as dragonflies in Florida, but seeing these speedy creatures here at home are a rare occasion. So I focused (literally!) on those hovering hummingbirds whenever I could. Which was quite a lot. ;-)

Pura Vida!

Going to a Rocket Launch!

A few weeks ago, I applied for a spot in the #NASASocial group for the upcoming rocket launch. This group of 50 space junkies, like the media, will go to places that ordinary visitors to Kennedy Space Center usually don’t see. The NASA Social is an effort to spread information about the SpaceX program through social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and even WordPress. I received an email stating that I had not been selected, but was on the wait list. Imagine my delighted surprise when last night I received another email telling me I was off the wait list and got the spot! I am a total space junkie, and an avid photographer, especially of launches. My husband and I have gone to many shuttle launches, and our son, Ian, has gone to a few, too. We’ve all experienced the letdown of a scrubbed launch (particularly the last night shuttle launch), and trudged through the parking lot, exhausted. Insert sad face here :(

But, we’ve also experienced the utter thrill and sensations of shuttle launches, with the ground rumbling under your feet, and the sound that suddenly strikes, BOOM! You can feel it in your chest, you can feel it in your entire body, I can say there is no other feeling like it. Each launch left me in awe, in goosebumps, with me clicking my camera – thousands of times – saying “wow wow wow wow wow wow” over and over again. It’s those rare WOW moments that make you exhilarated, excited, and leave you with a perma-grin. Insert happy face here :D

The album I’m sharing is of the first (and only) Ares rocket launch. This was scrubbed twice before she finally launched. But the three of us made the 5 a.m. check-ins, and when she finally did light up, so did our faces.

Next week, as a NASA Social participant, here’s what I (and the other 49 space junkies) get to do! WOW just WOW!

  • view a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
  • tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center
  • speak with representatives from both NASA and SpaceX
  • view and take photographs of the SpaceX launch pad
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of SpaceX and NASA’s social media teams

Excited to share my photos and experience with you, so stay tuned! We’re in the countdown.

Follow me on Twitter to get more updates! @whatisitpic … I think I’ll probably post more frequently there.

Toucan

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(Two Images) I love this toucan; he/she posed for me! Taken at La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Sleek

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I truly miss all of the Hummingbirds zapping by and feeding on the glorious flowers in Costa Rica; however, I have been blessed to see a couple in my yard this year. Here’s what I call, “sleek,” a rare moment when a hummingbird actually stopped and rested. For just a second!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

My favorite adventure in Costa Rica was our trip along the Cano Negro (Black River), which was at the very top of Costa Rica; we were about seven miles from Nicaragua. We saw so much wildlife along the river, which was quite an adventure!

To see other interpretations of adventure, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

Remember the Alamo!

It’s amazing to see how the remains of the historic Alamo sit in downtown San Antonio, Texas. You know you’re walking over some mighty history there.

Pura Vida!

flowers

Pura Vida! Costa Rica is one absolutely gorgeous country.

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