Bodyboarding at Pawleys Island

Bodyboarding at Pawleys Island

Bodyboarding at Pawleys Island

Late summer is the perfect time to break out that body board and head to the beach. This is the south beach at Pawleys Island, a favorite spot!

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September 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm 1 comment

Mechanical Bull Riding in Myrtle Beach

Mechanical Bull Riding in Myrtle Beach

Mechanical Bull Riding in Myrtle Beach

This year for my birthday I decided to try something new. We went to Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach and tried mechanical bull riding. For those of you who haven’t tried it, there is a kiddie setting so anyone can ride. Falling off isn’t that bad, though I’ll warn you the plastic was pretty hot from the sun. Good times!

August 1, 2010 at 1:32 am 4 comments

Elk at Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park

Elk at Yellowstone National Park

Elk at Yellowstone National Park

Don’t these elk look relaxed? This herd seems to live full-time in Mammoth Village in Yellowstone National Park.

July 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm 1 comment

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

The only thing that scares this goose is the swan. Cats? Too weak!

May 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm 2 comments

Blue Rose

Blue Girl Rose

Blue Girl Rose

I picked up this Blue Girl rose at Lowes the other day to add to my garden. Here is its first bloom. Not exactly blue, but it’s pretty. The plant seems to be doing well, despite Ry using it as a kickstand for his bike.

May 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm 2 comments

Pawleys Island Pipefish

Pipefish

Pipefish

Have you seen one of these? This is a pipefish, which is basically a straight-bodied seahorse. We netted several of these in the muck of the creek where it runs into the Atlantic at the south beach of Pawleys Island. Each pipefish is about 4-6″ long. They have hard, bony bodies rather than scales. They use their dorsal fin to swim and can move their tails.

If you catch these and want to keep them, here is how you keep them alive. You want a tank with approximately the same salinity as the creek (brackish to sea salinity). They like to have some seaweed to hide in, but I have a pair in a shell-bottom tank that stay on the bottom and change color to match the shells. Make sure your filter won’t suck up weak swimmers or small fish, since pipefish are not large animals. Ideally, feed them live brine shrimp or mysis shrimp, but these have taken frozen mysis shrimp, Tetra-min, and bits of fresh shrimp that I feel the other aquarium inhabitants. The following are pipefish predators: octopus, squid, triggerfish, anemone, crabs, jellyfish. So far I have not had trouble with the anemones in my tank, but it’s a very large tank, so I think that is just luck. The pipefish use the entire tank, so you’re as likely to see them swimming near the top as hanging out at the bottom. They make wonderful aquarium pets, so if you have a native or saltwater tank, give them a try!

May 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm 3 comments

Jellyfish Pet

Pet Jellyfish

Pet Jellyfish

Meet my new pet! We netted this jellyfish in the creek off the south beach at Pawleys Island today. I added it to the aquarium, not entirely sure it was alive (a bucket would have been better than a net). It seems to be doing well. If you have a saltwater aquarium, I highly recommend trying a small jellyfish. They are fascinating to watch. This one has tentacles, but the fish in the tank haven’t had a problem with it. It’s beautiful!

If you live in the Myrtle Beach area watch out for the jellies. They seem to be out in force already, and not just the non-stinging ones.

April 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm 1 comment

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