I would seriously consider taking up portrait photography if there were the remotest chance that all of my clients would be as beautiful as my buddy, Kathy, who so kindly allowed me to take a snapshot of her this morning.
Fortunately, I can rely on Maui being consistently beautiful for my camera.
I swam out to the "aquarium" this morning and it was, as always, stunning. On the way out I watched two lobsters engage in battle for prime living quarters. This guy (below) didn't hold out long against a lobster twice its size.Although nerves were frayed, nobody was injured.
I was thoroughly enamored of a patch of agave I passed on my walk this morning. So much so that I turned around and went back to take these photographs. But I'm afraid I got a little (a little?!) carried away with altering the basic color for effect. I loved the abstract nature of these photos, and wanted to remove them a little further from reality, which the different color accomplished. But this time I went a bit too far. Oh well, live and learn.
Many grocery stores here on Maui sell beautiful orchid plants which are draped with stunning blossoms for low prices. Visitors buy them to brighten up their condos - but what to do with the plants when they depart? Some condo complexes have special spots for orphaned orchid plants where everyone can enjoy the fading flowers. On one such rock this morning I saw this baby pineapple plant among the wilting orchids. What a lovely change.
I walk past this parking lot a couple of times each week. Why can't all parking lots be this beautiful?
Almost summer. We still found ourselves slowly working our way into the ocean this morning, but the water is definitely warmer. We also found ourselves playing a lot more now that we no longer needed to keep moving to prevent ourselves from freezing to death.
The ancient Hawaiian ruins near my house sit deserted and hidden between two housing developments. I assumed that almost nobody knows about them, but this morning I noticed small offerings left on one of the mounds of rocks. Apparently someone other than me has been visiting and appreciating the remnants of Maui's distant past.
I also noticed a profusion of unusual flowers surrounding the site. What are these?
Tropical fish are a challenge for a swimmer (like me) to photograph. Scuba divers have it easier because they can stay still in one spot for a long time which allows fish to get used to them. Since I still can't hold my breath for more than fifteen seconds, every instant counts when I am down below. Fortunately, when fish feel a little threatened, they do not swim away, they simply turn away. Just as you see in the photo below, almost all of my fish photos are of their back sides. And every now and then I get really lucky and manage to snap the shutter at the instant one turns sideways to me (above).
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