Maui is one of those "artsy" places where every other person styles themself an "artist." Yet I seldom, if ever, see anything of artistic merit happening on our beaches. Most sandcastles are nothing more than piles of wet sand and, well, that's about it for beach art. Sad.
Which is why today I, and many others, stopped to watch this young lady scratching simple designs in the sand. Someone asked me what the big deal was, why everybody was watching her make this drawing, was she famous? Sadly, I had to admit that the only reason it meant anything was because it was the best Maui has to offer.
Some days (today, for instance) when I am not thrilled with any of the photographs I've taken, I'll snap shots of the flowers on the dining room table. Still not very interesting. So I'll play a little in Photoshop and come up with something which isn't totally boring. I hope it is obvious which photo is which.
Wow, I really do have a magic x-ray camera. When I went to take the photo above, the water was so murky that the swimmers could not see me and I couldn't see them. I blindly pointed the camera in the right direction and hoped for the best. I am truly amazed that anything at all can be seen.
After the start the water quickly cleared up and all was smooth sailing from then on. I was truly happy to see Doug (and Christine, oh, and Ben and Sandy and, of course everyone else) back in the water again. Big grins and lots of laughs all around.
While we are not experiencing 40 foot waves here in South Maui, it is still entertaining to watch our surfers take on what does roll in. In fact they wisely skip even trying to catch the few larger sets.
Even though the waves were bigger and more consistent than earlier in the week, fewer surfers were in the lineup. I guess everyone is worn out.
Doug and I took our new (used) kayak on its maiden (with us) voyage this morning. We were more than a little startled when a whale unexpectedly surfaced a little too close. By the time I got my camera out all that was left to see was the disappearing tail. We will definitely have to head out again soon.
I had to work really really hard to keep up with my buddies, Scott and Lynnie, this morning. Even then, the only way I got to spend time with them was by cutting corners while they were swimming along the cliffs.
But it was worth it for all the pretty fishies we got to see, plus all the great exercise.
And I am thankful for that fact. I was not inspired by anything I photographed on my walk this morning. As I looked over all of the images on my computer which I took today, I despaired of finding something for this blog post. Then I noticed a throw-away snapshot of an agave plant. I had actually turned around and gone back to take this photo because the light green area on the center of just one leaf caught my eye. Since I wasn't happy with any of the other photos, I decided to go ahead and process this one. And came up with another winner.
Which is strange, since every agave plants looks exactly like every other agave plant. Even so, I get inspired every time I shoot and process an agave photograph. And I think it shows in my final image.
I was attracted by the bright colors of some Bitter Melon fruit hanging on a chain link fence during my walk this morning. I took this photo, then moved on to the other fruits because they were still and this one kept swaying back and forth. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the photos on my computer that I realized the reason this fruit kept moving...
Another Chicago SMELT has made it to Maui and braved the frigid winter ocean waters. Bill even managed it without a wetsuit! But I guess our tropical waters seem warm to someone coming from the mainland.
The strangest thing is that even though we haven't seen each other in over twenty years, he looks exactly the same. There must be a portrait hidden away somewhere...
I finally found a few moments today to look though all the photos I took over Christmas at my brother-in-law's Texas ranch.
Besides all the wonderful time with family, we got to entertain ourselves with the horses, with hunting for mulitcolored eggs in the chicken coop and without, with hunting for fossils, with fires both big and small, and with the menagerie of dogs, dogs and more dogs.
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