Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

Tonight, July 31st 2015, what is known as a Blue Moon rose over the Atlantic Ocean while we sat and played on the shores of Ocean City MD…

Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

Tonight’s Blue Moon was scheduled for 8:16 pm for here in Ocean City MD, and as it came and went, we checked again and the NASA website stated it appearance would be at 8:23 pm.  Which turned out to me right on the money as the Blue Moon needed the few extra minutes to clear the cloud layer that was over the Atlantic Ocean’s horizon.

Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

So, if the moon is rising and it’s supposed to be blue, why does it look pink from the shores of Ocean City MD?

As Mother Nature loves to share her glory with us, here in Ocean City the moonrise was at approximately the same time as the sunset.  With the sun’s reflection through the clouds on the Atlantic Ocean horizon helping dissipate the blue colored aerosols that are present in the atmosphere, leaving the red ones, thus giving us this pinkish glow

Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

Why Is This Called A Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon occurs when a full moon rises a second time in the same month, this year, 2015, the moon rose on July 2nd and, now again, on July 31st.  Then, if it’s pinkish, why is it called a blue moon?  As the moon only rises once every 30 months, the next Blue Moon will occur on January 31st 2018, the expression that something will happen “Once in a Blue Moon” came about as to mean something rare, unusual or even absurd.

On The Beach Waiting For The Blue Moon

Tonight there were lots of folks on the beach here in Ocean City waiting for this ‘once in a blue moon’ event.  I had the opportunity to meet a few, and we had some fun…

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The Blue Moon Halo Twirling A Blue Moon Hugging a Blue Moon

Some came watch the once in a blue moon event, others had other motivations…

Cuddling Under A Blue Moon Surf Fishing Under A Blue Moon

While a couple of guys came to see if they could bounce a frisbee off the Blue Moon…

Bouncing A Frisbee Off A Blue Moon

 

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Blue Moon Rises Ocean City Style

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Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

This morning at 11:30 am the National Aquarium Baltimore came to 40th St in Ocean City MD to release three (3) Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles into the Atlantic Ocean…

Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

 

The Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle, also known as the Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), is the RAREST sea turtle and is Critically Endangered!

An Endangered Species is believed to ‘likely to become extinct’, a Critically Endangered Species is the MOST threatened of animals.  These listings are from  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List

Meeting a Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle

The Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle is the smallest of the sea turtles, with adults reaching about 2 feet in length and weighing up to 100 pounds.  They prefer warm waters, migrating from the Gulf of Mexico to as far north as New Jersey.  The female Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle travels, almost exclusively, each year to a single beach in Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas in Mexico, to lay her eggs.

Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

Our Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles released in Ocean City MD were marked with a waterproof marking that in no way harms our Sea Turtles, but allows anyone who finds them to track them back to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.

Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

Above Councilman Wayne Hartman and Barb, Animal Control Officer, release the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles as Mary Knight, Council Secretary, photographs the event.

Young and old, and cameras blazing, everyone loves Sea Turtles…

Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Released Ocean City MD

 

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Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015, was held on July 25th, 2015, on the beach at Caroline St and the Boardwalk [Map] in Ocean City, MD.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP), headquartered in their new building at 425 S Philadelphia Ave in Ocean City, MD [Map] is…

An organization of men and women dedicated to ocean rescue and beach safety along the shoreline of Ocean City, MD.

From its founding in 1930, through it’s continued growth, the development of a Junior Beach Patrol Academy, to its building their new Headquarters, the OCBP has saved countless lives and kept our swimmers safe.

Relay Race at the Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

Ocean City Beach Patrol is Hiring for 2016

The OCBP is starting their pre-employment physical skills evaluations for 2016, you got the right stuff?

The dates for these evaluations are on Saturday, August 8, 2015 and Saturday, September 5, 2015.  So, if you are interested in becoming a Surf Rescue Technician and being appointed to the Surf Rescue Training Academy you need to start by registering… Click Here!
Life Saving Competition at the Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

Learn More About The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP)

The Ocean City Beach Patrol wants  to hear from you, visit the on their Website or on Facebook, and the Ocean City Beach Patrol Chapter of USLA on Facebook.

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Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015 Photos

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Get Ready for 1st Race | Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015 Team LIfe Saving Competition | Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015 Team LIfe Saving Competition | Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

It takes a team, and being part of the Ocean City Beach Patrol means you are part of the best Lifesaving Crew, you’ll train and train and train some more, we count on you, and appreciate what you do to become, and be, part of this team!

Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015 Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015 Ocean City Beach Patrol Crew Competition 2015

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36th Annual Canoe Races Ocean City MD

36th Annual Canoe Races

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015  at BJ’s on the Water, located at 75th St and the Bay, Ocean City, MD, was the 36th Annual Canoe Races and the turnout was amazing, both in teams competing and fans that came to watch and root on the rowers!

And They Are Off at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

Teams from businesses all around Ocean City MD competed in these 36th Annual Canoe Races, and though they are not professional canoers, as you can tell by the above picture (they were supposed to be heading towards me…), you can see that they came to have a great time…  That they did!

Getting the hang of it, sorta... | 36th Annual Canoe Races

The first teams of Heat 1 start heading out towards the bay, on a route that takes them around a roughly 1/4 mile wetlands, and it’s all about teamwork…

… And, sometimes teamwork meant helping turn your canoe right side up while getting rammed!  Guess all’s fair in love and canoe races…

Teamwork at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

Billy and Maddy Carder

Started the canoe races 36 years ago to have some fun in the bay in back of their BJ’s on the Water Restaurant, a idyllic spot for a little fun on a hot summer day, the fun has turned into a tradition that bring folks back year after year!

Over the years Billy and Maddy have done a heck of a lot for Ocean City and for a lot of folks that have had their lives changed because of their efforts.  On BJ’s website find out more about Billy and Maddy Carder’s Awards and Accolades… Click Here!

Then come on and check out BJ’s on the Water – Great food, great view, excellent service and just a cool place to hang out with family and friends!

Winners and Winners at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

Everybody’s a winner at the 36th Annual Canoe Races, may not come home with the trophy or the prize money, but anyone that gets out there and makes the effort, well, they are winners in my book!

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Heading to the Finish Line in the 1st Heat at the 36th Annual Canoe Races The relay... | 36th Annual Canoe Races The push off... | 36th Annual Canoe Races

It’s All Technique at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

Heck, I don’t judge, I’d a loved to been out there with all these great folks, and who knows what technique may work for one team, I just sat on the sidelines and admired the jumps, the pushes and the occasional right hook…

Team Smitty McGee's at the turn | 36th Annual Canoe Races Holdin' On at the 36th Annual Canoe Races It's All Technique at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

The Caped Crusaders

Nimble on their feet and ready to go…

The Caped Crusaders at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

We Did It!

Loved the team spirit, first place, last place, upside down, everybody cheering…

We Did It! | 36th Annual Canoe Races HooRaa! | 36th Annual Canoe Races Clarion Team Hug | 36th Annual Canoe Races

Gotta Get Wet

When it was time for a push off, some folks just went all in…

Gotta Get Wet at the 36th Annual Canoe Races

 

We Doing This Right?

… enough said…

Oops | 36th Annual Canoe Races Isn't the canoe supposed to be on top of the water? Don't the oars go IN the water?

Or, maybe not..

…Faster, faster…

You Pull, I'll Ride...

Not on the roster but joining in…

The ducklings take an early lead! Vying for the lead...

Next Round Of Teams in Heat 1

Oars high, strokes strong, direction unknown…

More Teams Heading Out For Round 1 Oars High at the 36th Annual Canoe Races Taking the Lead...

…And, as they make the turn…

Taking this rounds early lead... Determination and Disbelief | 36th Annual Canoe Races

… Nothing but Determination…

 

Nothing but determination...

My arms don’t work anymore…

My arms don't work...

 

Don’t rock the boat baby, but saluting is ok…

Don't Rock The Boat Baby Saluting their fans...

The Fans Were Awesome, the Emcee the Best!

Fans & Emcee at the 36th Annual Canoe Races at BJ's on the Water

 

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Thunder and Lightening…

Unfortunately, thunder and lightening started and all the teams were called in, but as you can see it was most definitely a great time for all.  So plan ahead, the 37th Annual Canoe Races at BJ’s on the Water will be held around July 19th, 2016.  Check BJ’s Facebook page for updates… Click Here!

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