Tropical storm "Flossie" got quite a bit of hype as it approached the Hawaiian islands. Fortunately, all we experienced were a few hours of light rain and some wind. The horrible (at least to our landscaping crew) aftermath were even more flower petals than usual strewn everywhere.
This morning the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers got to see lots of underwater wildlife, and some dead wildlife as well.
On the live side we saw a number of Green Sea Turtles, two Starfish, one Spotted Eagle Ray, one Leopard Cowry, several regular Cowries, at least two Moray Eels, and lots and lots of fish.
On the dead side I found a mesh bag tangled inbetween some coral heads. When I pulled it up, I discovered at least four large dead fish. As we swam back toward shore, I noticed a spearfisher who looked a bit lost, and it turned out to be his morning catch. I think we made his day.
I've never stayed there, so I don't know what the rooms are like, but I love the grounds at the Wailea Marriott. Lots of old Ficus and Banyan trees combined with rock walls give a feeling of Old Hawaii.
As it approached, I thought this was a remote-control toy helicopter. I don't know how they fit two people into that tiny cabin, but maybe that explains why they were flying so low - not enough power to get up more than thirty feet.
At least the ocean is bigger than the helicopter cabin, and it would have to be to handle all of the SCUBA divers heading out this morning.
Yesterday someone told me how they still loved Maui. It can be easy to take the good things in life for granted because they are what is expected, they are normal. But Maui will never be "normal" to me. I grew up in the Midwest of the U.S.A. where we only experienced three or four perfect days of summer each year. Here, every day is that perfect Midwest day. I can never take this exquisite perfection for granted.
Yet another spectacular Sunday morning for an outing with the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers. The water was flat and warm and, more importantly, the group was small and FUN. How could life possibly be any better? Answer - it couldn't.
Okay, I hadn't taken any photographs for a couple of days and I was itching to make a blog post, so I fell back to the reliable choices of either taking a photo of my dinner or of the sunset. Well, dinner was peanut butter smeared on a banana, so I decided to go outside and check out the sunset option. While sunset was pretty much our average every day sunset, it was better than peanut butter on a banana. So here you go...
I know, I know, it just looks like piles of dirt behind some tractors. But it is so much more.
A couple of years ago the community of Wailea began dumping all their green waste in a very large vacant lot in ten-foot-high piles. I was hoping they were doing some kind of composting, but they never did anything to the mounds except add more.
Until this week. They brought in a giant grinding machine which is quickly turning the entire lot into rich mulch which is being used throughout Wailea. Nice.
Because while people may come to Wailea for the beaches, they certainly appreciate the lush tropical landscaping.
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