My buddy, Ryan, accompanied me on my first deep-water swim of the season this morning.
At one point he asked, "What's that?" as he pointed at my feet. A Sting Ray was attempting to mate with my swim fins! Totally freaky. When I pulled back and took a photo, it dove for the depths and quickly disappeared into the gloom below. Weird.
A little later a large female Humpback whale surfaced with a splash next to Ryan, swam under him, then surfaced again on his other side only feet away. Wow! What a day.
I finally found a moment to dig through photos from my trip to Kipahulu with the in-laws. I was surprised to find several that I liked, including this one of my sister-in-law crossing the stream below Waimoku falls.
I also liked this reflection I saw in one of my neighbor's pools this morning.
I've been somewhat out of commission recently due to a recurring cold, and it felt sooooo good to finally get back into the water this morning. My turtle friends thought so too and many of them swam by to say Hello.
I went to capture Koi today and found out that I wasn't the only one. I was out to get photographs and succeeded somewhat, but this guy had other plans for the Koi and wasn't nearly as successful. Some of the fish were huge and I'm almost surprised that it wasn't the bird that got eaten.
I feel no end of gratitude for my life. How could I not love being able to sit on a warm beach on Thanksgiving day?
In the past I would focus on everything which wasn't perfect. For instance, the fact that I have a cold and am completely broke (well, not completely, I have $78 to get me through the next two months). But those things do not matter at this exact instant in time.
What does matter is that I actually feel pretty darn good at this instant, I have no shortage of food to eat, I have a wonderful place to live and am in a glorious relationship. What more could I want or need? Truly? Nothing.
Even the cars travel around here with a big grin on their faces.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com