When I'm not feeling especially inspired to photograph anything (like today) then I resort to one of a handful of my fallback spots, places which I can't help but shoot because "they're so darn purty."
I was bewitched by two real live mermaids this morning.
How do I know they were actually mermaids? Well, besides their stunning beauty, their superb mastery of swimming, and their siren songs, both of their names (Marcie and Mara) derive from the sea (el Mar).
Other than encounters with a few little stinging critters to spice our swim up a bit, we had a sweet morning. The water is still gloriously warm and was unbelievably flat and calm. Perfect, perfect conditions for the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers.
It was also fun showing off our ocean to a few first-time (with us) visitors.
The ocean water was kind of scummy this morning due to runoff from some afternoon downpours this past week. But that didn't keep Maui's Spinner Dolphins from tracking me down during my brief swim today.
They were tremendously playful and kept trying to get me to join in. One kept teasing me by dropping leaves in front of me and leaving them there. As soon as I finally made an attempt to grab the leaf, it would swoop in at the last second to recapture it.
Four Spotted Eagle Rays swooped in on me during my ocean swim this morning. They swam over, under and all around me, and were way too close most of the time for me to get decent photos. Fortunately, three of them backed off just far enough for me to get the photo above.
The Hawksbill turtle below was, on the other hand, mostly oblivious to my presence. It looked my way once before settling in to munch on some more delicious sponges.
I'm kicking myself for not getting the name of the photographer doing wedding photography on the beach this morning. He was getting rather evocative (if not provocative) poses out of the bride and groom he was shooting - which is definitely NOT the norm on Maui. I grabbed this snapshot as I walked by while he was between shots.
Maui's sugar company continues its practice of burning the entire field before harvesting sugar cane.
The skies were gray and the water was choppy for the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers this morning. Does that mean that we didn't swim or had a bad time? Heck no! Bring on the challenges and we will rise to surmount them.
Lots of little fishies were hanging in the current again this morning feasting on whatever the Tahiti Express happened to deliver to their doorsteps.
Both I and this turtle had no problem slipping past the strong current, but I kept running into floating debris. It's a good thing the fishies are doing such a great job of keeping the water clean (and, no, I don't want to hear about where their bathrooms are located).
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