My wander-about camera died recently and I have been less than thrilled with what I got to replace it - UNTIL TODAY - when I discovered that it can take paintings as well as photographs. How totally cool. Oh, and in case you've never seen it, below is a shot of my house.
Maui sugarcane fires always appear apocalyptic, like the end of the world is upon us. Not to worry. The sugar companies assure us that no harm is being done to the environment because the wind blows all the smoke away.
Alas, my camera died this week. I liked the results my Olympus Pen gave me underwater, but its lens was always problematic. Anyway, it finally stopped working and I had to dig out a truly ancient underwater camera for this morning's ocean swim. I was going to go camera-free, but I'm glad I found this antique buried in my closet because we saw two Spotted Eagle Rays and a White Tip Reef Shark.
Starfish which are not symmetrical somehow just seem wrong. Of course they move along the bottom by moving their arms, but it always looks strange when they aren't perfectly arranged.
A group of about twenty big Omilu (Bluefin Trevally) kept circling me this morning. Even though they look mean, they don't scare me and I was pleased with the opportunity to take several photographs of them.
I keep forgetting how spectacular the ocean is right in front of my house. I often drive five miles for my morning ocean swim, when I could just walk out my front door and down a few steps to the beach. What am I thinking? Anyway, these snapshots were from today's dip in the (finally!) warm ocean.
People kept getting smashed by waves this morning because they were determined to go snorkeling. But they kept trying and trying. At two different beaches I watched guys get pounded by the waves and get washed into shore, then get up and do it again and again. What did they think they were going to see when they got out anyway? Just a fog of stirred up sand. Besides, they're going to get sand in their suits!
And this guy (below). Dude, it is time to either get a bigger board or a smaller dog.
Every now and then someone will ask why I don't do SCUBA.
I'm a guy. Therefore, I love gadgets. See the woman in this photo. Now multiply all the stuff she's lugging into the water by five. That would be my starting point for accessories. And it would only grow from there.
No, in the best interests of all involved, especially all of the world's ocean creatures, I should not ever do SCUBA.
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