I left the house with my buddy, JR, at 3:30 this morning to do the hike across Haleakala crater.
We were herded to a freezing cold overlook by the National Park Service along with hundreds of other people to watch the sun rise out of a bank of clouds. The moment the sun came up everyone else got in their cars and drove away, and we began the 12 mile trek.
Silversword plants were in glorious bloom all along the trail.
Unfortunately, the Park Service has closed one of my favorite places in Haleakala National Park - the big lava tube. Bummer.
Look what I found in the ocean this morning. The rare Doug-fish and even rarer JR-fish which is seldom (if ever) seen outside it's normal range of large freshwater lakes in the Midwest. What a surprise - and treat.
Sometimes I feel like shooting something different than beautiful beaches and colorful aquatic life. And so today you get to look at a clump of mushrooms growing in the yard. Just pray that I don't get so bored that you end up looking at what it was that the mushrooms were growing out of.
The ocean water was far less than crystal clear this morning and I jumped a bit when a Spotted Eagle Ray suddenly appeared three feet ahead of me. And then another, and yet another. They slowly circled around and around me.
Then one zoomed at another, bit it on the back and held on for a wild ride. They barely missed running into me at one point as they wildly splashed and spun.
There's always something interesting to see in the ocean.
On the computer it is another boring sunset from my yard, but in person it was once again a transcendent experience.
And the first Guava from the new Guava tree on our property came ripe. At first we thought one of the Lilikoi was ripe because that is exactly how this smelled, but the flavor and texture is exactly that of Papaya. Yum.
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