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.
Nope, not a studio shot. I photographed this flower on its bush at Ahihi this morning, then upped the contrast so that the leaves got too dark to see. I love the way these desert flowers seem to reach out.
Yet another "wild" stretch of beach in South Maui bit the dust today. I guess people need to build their vacation homes somewhere... Meanwhile, four hundred yards north, the only beach access for a popular surf spot has been permanently closed due to construction of a fancy private swimming pool. It's all about progress.
Fortunately, a few undeveloped oases still exist. You just have to know where to look.
I grew up in the Midwest where we only had a precious few perfect days every year.
Here on Maui every single day is one of those Midwestern exquisitely rare perfect days - and I've gotten used to it.
I almost did not post these photographs which I took this morning because they were just "more boring Maui beach shots." Then I remembered where I came from and decided they were worth showing. So here they are...
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