Got to watch something pretty special this past weekend. Night launches are always an incredible sight...but watching from a beach on the Atlantic Ocean from only 5 miles away. Speechless. I envy the folks who live close around the Space Coast as this is something I don't think I could ever get tired of.

My buddy Bryan Bennett, a local meteorologist who's recently been getting into photography, and I carpooled over to the Cape...sort of a last-minute trip for me as I had planned to do absolutely nothing this past weekend. I was able to meet up with John Kraus, an extremely talented young photographer who shoots for America Space, along with his family and one of his friends, Marcus Cote, who shoots some pretty amazing surfer pics. If you would like to check out some of their work, they're all three on Instagram - @meteorologistbryan,  @johnkrausphotos & @marcuscote_photo.

There's another launch in less than 2 weeks and I'm already making plans to head back although I think this spot will be closed for that launch. Shame as I didn't get the long exposure shot I was planning for - the arc was cut off due to my lens selection and I missed a good portion of the fade-away due to getting the exposure correct for the stars.