Friday, May 31, 2013

Deliciously Warm

 I meet the nicest people in the ocean, and today was no exception.

We were wondering what this reddish fish was. We saw lots of them, but mostly hiding in holes. Any ideas?

The ocean continues to feel deliciously warm. Mmmmmm.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I Am (mostly) Human

My DNA has now been sequenced and it turns out that I am more human than I had expected. Although I am more Neanderthal than most people (2.9% of my DNA is Neanderthal) all the rest appears to be Homo Sapiens. Not what I expected at all (well, except for the homo part, of course).

Try sequencing your own DNA. The test is $99 (plus a couple dollars for shipping) and took just under two months. I learned what my biggest hereditary health risks are and lots of other interesting stuff as well. Check it out at:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dancing with the Clouds

I worked above the clouds today. My job was to photograph a new telescope on top of Mount Haleakala and fortunately the clouds stayed just a few hundred feet below. I love watching the way the clouds swirl and dance with the mountainside and the sunlight.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Usual Suspects

There were lots of the usual suspects on my ocean swim this morning.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Yet Another

Just a couple quick snaps on yet another perfect day in paradise.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Warm Summer Play

 I love, love, love the warm summer ocean swims.

This is when the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers become playful - no longer is it necessary to keep going non-stop in order to keep warm. And today was one of those fun summer swims.

Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sweet Hello

 A few of Maui's Spinner Dolphins briefly swam past me this morning on their way to the Kamaole Beach Parks (at least that's where they told me they were headed).

It was sweet of them to say hello.

Click HERE for more photos from today's ocean swim.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Where is Everybody?

 The beach was exquisite this morning; small waves lapped the shore and a cool breeze wafted by. So why was it almost deserted? Especially since this is a holiday weekend.

I think I'll go back out and enjoy it a little bit more.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crazy for Leaves

 One of my swimming buddies brought tree leaves with her on our ocean swim this morning, and it was a good thing she did.

Spinner Dolphins adore playing with floating leaves and this morning they were over the moon with joy as they had a large selection to choose from.

Click HERE for lots more photos from today's swim.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Lovely Softness

 What a perfect morning for a walk. A gentle north breeze kept me cool under a hot summer sun, while fluffy clouds formed around the mountain peaks. Exquisite.

Summer is definitely here, but with a lovely softness. I love living on Maui.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Summer Snowstorm

 There were so many gazillions of micro-organisms in the water this morning that it was like swimming through a snowstorm.

Except for the cold. Summer has come early to Maui this year.

Click HERE for more photos from today's ocean swim with the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Can't Take a Bad Picture

This is one of my favorite spots on my morning walks. And what makes it even more scenic is when a family sets up their beach umbrella exactly where these guys did today. I couldn't resist taking multiple photographs, both as straight-up photographs and using my camera's water-color setting. The location is so perfect that I couldn't take a bad picture.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stumble Across

One of the fun things about swimming through underwater caves... never knowing what you may stumble across inside them (not to worry, today it was just my buddy, Bruce).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Average Day

Just your average day at the beach. This is one of many beaches I pass on my morning strolls.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Glorious Waves

 This morning's ocean swim started out innocently enough...

...that is, until the wind built and the waves began crashing down on our heads.

What glorious fun. Let's do it again.

Click HERE for more photos from today's swim.

Friday, May 10, 2013


What a perfect day for a swim out to the cove called the aquarium. The ocean was unusually flat and calm, and there wasn't even a breath of wind. I guess the fish must have been notified that I was visiting, because they were there in unually large numbers. I love living on Maui.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Too Much Color

 Maui's Jacaranda trees still have yet to explode with blueness, well, most of them haven't. So I thought I would ignore color altogether and make it a black-and-white day, but I couldn't do it.

There is too much glorious color in this world and I simply am unable to ignore it. So here are a few shots from Upcountry this morning.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Watching the Watcher

This Sea Turtle was thoroughly engrossed in watching the fish swim by this morning. Which, of course, caught my attention, and I ended up spending lots of time watching the turtle watch the fish.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hooray for Summer

Sure the water was a bit murky this morning, but who cares? Adventures and turtles were in abundance this morning. Plus - and most importantly - the water was warm. Hooray for summer!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sometimes Human

I meet some of the nicest people on my ocean swims. And sometimes they are even human...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Upcountry Blues

I keep making trips Upcountry in hopes of seeing the Jacaranda trees in full bloom. They keep trying, but aren't quite there yet. When it happens, the sides of the road vibrate with solid walls of blue.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Christine's Birthday Photos

Finally, finally! I have caught up with my work backlog and have been able to post a few photos from Christine's Birthday Weekend at Kipahulu.

Click HERE to experience a few of our adventures.