Sunday, December 21, 2014

Warm and Wet


 Today was the first day of winter and, surprisingly, the ocean seemed just a little bit warmer.

We had some first-timers with us this morning and I really enjoyed showing them around. Unfortunately, with the water far less than clear, there wasn't a whole lot to see. But at least we could (barely) hear the Humpback Whales singing.

Click HERE for a couple more photos from today's swim.


Friday, December 19, 2014

AE'O


 I visited the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge this morning for the first time ever.

Birds were in abundance, but mostly lots of 'alae kea (Hawaiian Coot) and the truly obnoxious ae'o (Hawaiian Stilt), both of which are endangered species.

Never visit these ponds with a headache, though. The ae'o constantly sounded off whenever I was near and I found their loud call not dissimilar to a car alarm - and it NEVER STOPPED the entire time I was there. I will not be going back ever again, at least not without ear plugs.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bleaching

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/18dec14ahihi/18dec14ahihi.html

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/18dec14ahihi/18dec14ahihi.html
 We had another spectacular morning for a swim today with clear, clear water.

Unfortunately, we are seeing way too much coral bleaching going on. While I normally complain (a lot) about chilly water this time of year, at least it keeps further bleaching on hold.

Click HERE for more photos from today's ocean swim.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/18dec14ahihi/18dec14ahihi.html

If You Build It


 If you build it, they will come. Nope, wrong reference.

Last night after a wonderful dinner, was Jenga time. This group had amazingly steady hands considering our advanced years.

But the sound effects were what truly made the game.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Strange Weeds

These strange weeds are growing all over our neighborhood. The flowers aren't very interesting, but the seed pods are cool.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thar She Blows


 I've seen a few Humpback Whales so far this season, but this was the first photograph (top) I've taken to prove my claims. From their behavior this appeared to be a competition pod.

Ti plants are in bloom right now all over the place.

And this (bottom photo) is yet another reason I do NOT photograph people professionally. Good luck getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time with eyes open and relaxed expressions.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Morning and Evening


I have great friends who are willing to get wild and crazy out in the ocean with me. We had another fun time this morning (and evening as well).