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Rip Currents, Red Flags and Game Cams!
Published on Monday, August 25, 2014 by

This weekend brought us red flags in Corolla. Red flags mean rip currents. REALLY REALLY BAD RIP CURRENTS. This means no swimming. A rip can take you even if you are knee deep. But for some, red flags mean, “I’m on vacation. The rules don’t apply to me.”

rip currents in obx

Lucky for these folks, Corolla Ocean Rescue gave them some skoolin before the ocean gave them a worse skoolin!  I have nothing but respect for Corolla Ocean Rescue.  Late August gives them fewer people to watch the beach.  Saturday this poor woman couldn’t speed up and down the beach fast enough to get the rule breakers out of the water.  Little did they know that her quick explanation about red flags and rips could have possibly saved their lives.

Corolla Ocean Rescue

This gentleman saw great opportunity when the red flags flew. I wish I could see the images he captured!

rip current pictures

And speaking of capturing images… my son got a game cam for his birthday. Saturday night we set it up with a lovely plate of cat food and oyster crabs as bait.

cat food fox

We learned a bit after viewing the images. Next weekend the camera needs to be placed higher and further away from the food. The game cam was so close to the critters that the flash completely obscured the wildlife.

wild cat

obx fox

wild fox picture

gray fox obx

We don’t feed the critters normally. You don’t want to draw the animals any closer to the houses than they already get.  But this area is a regular path for the foxes.  Two special finds in a summer won’t change anything they are already doing.

I’ll share the pictures we get from our next attempt. I think height and distance will be the key to some really great pictures of the nighttime Corolla wildlife.

And speaking of pictures… I have so many “colorful” pictures for Friday’s photo challenge that I don’t know which ones to choose. So I’ll be sorting through a bunch this week, and hope to see you then!

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  • Ron

    ” Red flags mean rip currents.”

    Yes, I remember those flags at the beach when I was still living in Florida, like right after a tropical storm or hurricane had passed when the ocean was extremely rough.

    I love the shot you captured of the guy taking photographs of the waves. Faaaaabulous!

    And the ones you captured of the fox at night are so cool! I had no idea there was such a thing as a ‘game cam.’

    Looking forward to seeing the pics you share on Friday!


    • Ron, the guy taking the picture was making me so nervous. The wind was blowing HARD… like HARD HARD… shooting sand through the air like little bullets. Then he put the camera right at the water and even walked a few steps back… I was SO SCARED he was going to wreck his camera! But he stayed for a while and really thought out his photos. I talked to him a bit before he came down to the beach and he was really nice… I should have asked for his email so I could see what he captured! I would also love to give him my picture… he doesn’t know I took it.

  • I don’t know how many deaths and near deaths we get, due to people ignoring the warning signs. Why do they do that?

    What a great present. It’s great to see the wildlife, doing their thing at night and I only have a few colourful photos so far. I’d better get my head together.

    • If I know you, you pulled a lot of colorful rabbits out of your hat. You are SO CREATIVE…. I can’t WAIT to see your pictures tomorrow!!!!!

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