Friday, December 31, 2010

Home Sweet Home (To Be)

To you, this may not look like much. But on February 4th, this will be home sweet home.

I am thoroughly amazed. In four days we: found a house, made an offer, accepted the counter offer, got the home inspected, certified and insured, signed the purchase contract, and arranged future maintenance and repairs. In four days in a place we had never visited before! And, so far, no buyer's remorse. Is there an emoticon for crossed fingers?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Please Accept

Besides beat up old cars, I've never owned anything in my life. So today was a huge deal when we made an offer on this home in the Tampa area of Florida. That is Doug in the photo standing on our own floating dock with the Gulf of Mexico only a short swim away. Please let them accept our offer, please...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Too Cool 2

$120 to see a movie. Yes, that is how much we paid here in Tampa to see 'Tron Legacy' at the CineBistro movie theaters. But that included dinner and beverage served to us in our reclining leather seats during the show. Was it worth it? Definitely!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friendly Fear

I'm in the Deep South being overwhelmed by hospitality . . . plus a little suspicion and fear.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Checking It Twice

Ho, Ho, Glub - again. Santa is everywhere right now. Isn't he supposed to be busy at the north pole? At least this time he was busy "making a list." Or maybe he was "checking it twice." Hmmm. When he saw me this morning did that remind him to add me, or to cross me off? The suspense is killing me.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ho, Glub, Glub

Yes, Santa hats are normal this time of year - but on a scuba diver? In the water? Ho, glub, glub.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Graduated Giggling

It doesn't take much to get the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers laughing, and the two AARP rides along our usual swim course keep us happily entertained. We used to get our thrills in shallow and dangerous conditions, now swirling currents get us giggling.

Congratulations, George, on finally graduating. Today was fun and we are looking forward to seeing you back in the water far more often. Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Outlook

I got an iPhone4 for Christmas from my boss and I'm thoroughly impressed by the photographs it takes. I took this ten minutes ago on the lanai and am posting it directly from my phone.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Muscle Fatigue

I can't believe I only paddled 6.5 miles this morning, but its a good thing, my arm muscles keep seizing up. This is the first time I've been out for fun (escorting swim racers doesn't count) since last whale season. I saw whales in the distance, but nothing up-close yet...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Water Greeters

My buddy, Mark, came chasing after me this morning, shouting my name as he swam. I, as usual, was totally oblivious and heard nothing but faint whale singing. He had to tackle me to get my attention. Why was he so persistent? He wanted to give me a Christmas card. Aww.

This guy (below) usually swims up to meet me as I pass by, then dives back to continue foraging for food on the bottom, and today was no exception. No card from him. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Evil Boss

Sorry for not posting, I have been slammed with work and my evil boss hasn't been giving me any free time to play. It is only going to get worse as I get ready to leave for Christmas on the mainland with my in-laws. These two sunset shots are from Monday's photo shoot.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lurking in the Depths

I love the fact that everyone was so busy chatting on the surface they didn't notice the three (yes, three) swimmers lurking below.

Today was Renee's birthday, so she got to be the center of attention. I couldn't think of anyone better to be the main focus. Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


The main reason for this blog is to force myself to take at least one photograph every day which I am not ashamed to have seen by the world.

So why does today's photo resemble one of those photos purporting to have captured a Flying Saucer, or Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Moster? Because today was my first Humpback Whale sighting of the year. Hooray! Yes, I was on shore and the three whales were a mile out to sea, but I still claim that the unidentifiable objects are the fluke of one whale and the back of a whale calf. I'm afraid my excitement has gotten the better of me. Sanity may, or may not, return soon...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Floating Away

The poor scuba diver in the back kept floating to the surface. Then he would swim, swim, swim back down to the others before floating back up again. At least when he was in this cave, the ceiling kept him with the group. However, the noise of metal scraping on rock scared this poor shark out.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Maui skies have been desert-clear. Not a cloud anywhere for two days. Which means cold nights and mornings - we were burning our furniture to keep warm this morning. 65 degrees, brrrrrr.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Killer Turtle

I HATE computers!

I love taking photographs and sharing them with the world, so I appreciate computers. In fact I think that computers are great and what they allow me to do is amazing. But when they die (like mine did Saturday), getting everything back to normal is a major headache.

I am still at a complete loss about a couple of things - BUT - I was able to get this photo I took this morning up here. Yep, I've been venturing deeper and deeper into caves these days. And, yep, those are both a shark and a turtle (and fish too). The shark kept its distance, but the turtle did not and delayed my desperate search for air by getting in my way. I guess it was just being friendly. Even though I hate my new and old computers, I can't bring myself to hate this turtle which almost killed me. Hmmm.

By the way, I have finally posted the Sunday Maui Pink Cap Swimmers photos from two days ago. You can see them by clicking HERE.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Abundance Abounds

Bags full of tomatoes and zucchini were often brought to gatherings to be given away when I lived in the Midwest. People love sharing the abundance of home-grown fruit and vegetables. Here on Maui it is usually bags of bananas and avocados, sometimes lilikoi and this week for us, Pineapple. I love abundance.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Giant Mobile

I noticed these fish stacked in a holding pattern as I swam by this morning. They just hung in place like a giant mobile, swinging a little to the left then back to the right, but always keeping in position. I wonder what they were waiting for?

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I forget to eat, drink or even use the bathroom when I'm in the middle of a big project. Yesterday, I worked from early morning until after sunset photographing this large home, and kind of neglected to do any of the above. Today was a little better as I spent the entire day in front of my computer beginning to process the images (still less than half-way done). I promise, tomorrow I will take better care of myself.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dang Dolphins

Dang dolphins won't leave me alone. More than sixty of them swam up to greet me this morning after hanging around my back yard yesterday (I refused to come out and play yesterday so they hung out along the shore in sight of my house looking all forlorn and pathetic). Click HERE for lots and lots more photos from today's swim.

I put together a video from this morning's swim which once again features music by the wonderful Pamela Polland.

Click HERE (or Below) for today's video.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Weekend That Was

This member of the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers had a GREAT time on Lanai for the Thanksgiving (Lynne's Birthday) weekend. Spinner Dolphins came in to swim with us twice. Fortunately they left us alone the rest of the time so that we could focus on far more adventurous swims (they really aren't very exciting creatures). Click HERE for lots and lots more photos from this weekend.

Or you could always Click HERE (or Below) for a brief video of our weekend swimming.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day's End

Our desert island stay is nearing it's end with a final sunset. I'm
already looking forward to next Thanksgiving...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Crazy Swimmers on Lanai

The rest of the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers arrived on Lanai today and
hordes of Spinner Dolphins swam to shore to greet them. Photos will
have to wait until I get back to civilization. I was able to get this
photo though

Photo Shoot Old Style

I got to go out shooting with my old friend Carl and his old fashion
large format film camera. A whole different experience from what I'm
used to.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Doug & I are camping on the beach with our best friends. Turkey dinner
with all the trimmings is being prepared now in the warm evening
breeze. Hey, our tent looks huge when photographed from the right angle.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dolphins Abound

Another exceptional dolphin encounter today. I walked to the water planning on swimming along the cliffs with Jill and Kalin but got waylaid by at least 42 Spinner Dolphins. They would not leave us alone, so we stuck around until it was time for Kalin to catch his flight. Click HERE for lots more photos from this morning's swim.

Click HERE or below for today's video. Fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Photo of Me

I love this photo of me taken last week by my buddy, Scott. He still shoots film and used his final frame to get a shot of me. I am honored. Mahalo

Monday, November 22, 2010


They're not bad, they're just drawn that way (or something to that effect). Bluefin Trevally look mean because their mouths turn down, but they are actually nice fish that are curious and smart. Or maybe I'm defending them because my mouth also naturally frowns and I don't want you believing that I'm not a nice person (and if you believe that . . .).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

. . . and Again

Another Sunday, another fun ocean swim. Yawn.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spinning with Dolphins

Hooray. Nineteen Spinner Dolphins joined me and my friends on our ocean swim this morning. In fact I was about finished and ready to go ashore when they came zooming up to us. Several of them were in a playful mood as you will see in today's video (Click HERE or below to watch it) and their energetic spirit gave me a second wind. Click HERE for lots more photos from our swim.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Before the Sun

I can't believe I let Janet & Patti drag me into the ocean for a swim before the sun was even up. That is hard-core. It was definitely a workout swim, the kind they do every Tuesday and Thursday, and the kind I never do. Fortunately, Patti is easily distracted by the pretty fish (see photo above), so we did get a little rest from time to time.