What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. - Chief Seattle
This is the place to continue your journey with me to help you realize how every aspect of nature is an integral part of your life.
Prior to this launch 213 rockets have launched from the kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This mission was for the United States Space Force and carried two satellites.
The sun finally broke out after a couple of hours drifting around in the fog. While waiting we were fortunate enough to photograph a variety of herons among the cypress trees. This was our bonus for the morning - - a not often seen belted kingfisher. Especially one seemingly posing for us to capture it.
The environment along the Silver River in Ocala State Forest provides these monkeys with a great supply of food. They feed on pine needles, a variety of roots, leaves and small insects.
Interestingly, like squirrels, they are able to store food in the pouches of their cheeks.
The Rhesus monkeys typically like open areas that are arid, but can survive in diverse habitats like the wooded areas along the Silver River in Ocala National Forest.
The original monkeys in this area were brought in by a tour boat operator in 1938. Now there are reportedly about 400 in this area.
I was very fortunate that this osprey landed atop the flagpole and rested there for almost 10 minutes before moving on. I was relaxing with a friend on the dock enjoying an espresso when it suddenly flew in.
The osprey was kind enough to perch long enough for me to run inside and return with camera in hand so I could capture the moment.