The vacation home had its own pre-stocked Nature Table. Breanna loved it!
Twenty years ago you could find these huge (8″-12″) shells lying all over Topsail Beach.
It took us all week to catch a single minnow. We didn’t catch it in the surf, as we usually do. This time Brad dug down in the sand until he hit water and foiund the little guy in this bucket.
Right below our house was a sea turtle nest. We waited for two hours one night in the dark, hoping they’d hatch. Maybe next year.
The first time I saw one of these, I thought it was some kind of candy. It felt gelatinous and the blue edges rubbed right off. I can’t find it in any guide. If you know what it is, please let me know. It’s about 1.5″ in diameter.
We found many animal tracks. We’ll be studying tracking this fall.
A few years ago we actually dissected a beached jellyfish. Guess what was inside it? More jelly! We didn’t bother cutting this one open with a steak knife.
One night we headed out with our flashlights to find ghost crabs. We finally caught one in a spaghetti jar and observed him in a Tupperware container–after he snapped Chuck’s finger.
I relished watching this blackbird (the first I’d ever seen on a beach) catch and eat htis sand crab.
We don’t have palm trees at home–except in malls. This one was beautiful against the dark night sky.
The neighbors obviously had green thumbs–the ground behind their dune was covered in cacti and other sand-fauna.
This is our old friend, the One-Legged-Sand-Piper. He’s been around our stretch of beach forever.
We passed this burned out forest on our way to Wilmington. It’s strange to see the dead forest surrounded by the lush greenage.
A man found a 2×4 about 6 feet long covered in these barnacles. We looked them up in Petersons, but I can’t remember what they’re called. Let’s just say I call them the “creepy black worm barnacles.”
And no visit to Pelican Palace would be complete without pelicans
These aren’t all our finds, but I haven’t even gotten through all our photographs. Still, they are stunning.