Monday, February 14, 2011

A Day at the Beach

This map shows the location where the below images were taken on February 14.

What better way to spend Valentine's Day than a romantic day at the beach?

Especially when it's a beach at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

My wife and I went to a beach at the end of the old Camera Road Alpha, near the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and the original launch pads built in 1950. Because you need a badge to access the base, this beach is rarely occupied by more than a couple fishermen and the occasional group of CCAFS employees taking a beach walk during their lunch break.

Below are photos I shot today at the beach.

A pelican dive-bombs into the ocean for a seafood lunch.

The service towers at Launch Complex 17.

Port Canaveral police on patrol.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

With few beachgoers, sea shells are plentiful.

The word canaveral is Spanish for "a plantation of canes or reeds."

More reeds that gave the cape its name.

At the end of Camera Road Alpha, the bridge leading to the beach.

Reeds growing against the bridge rail.

Launch Complex 17 in the distance.

The breaking surf shot at high-speed (1/4000 second).

The sea gulls rule the beach — until the pelicans move in.

Pelicans flying in formation as they circle looking for a school of fish.

This image of STS-133 was shot from the causeway linking CCAFS to Kennedy Space Center.

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