I wandered out my door this morning wondering what the heck I was going to photograph today. I walk pretty much the same route time after time after time, and see pretty much the same sights every time.
Then I thought of poor Monet living out in the country with nothing to paint but boring farmland and whatever food happened to be upon his table. At least I had Makena, Wailea and Kihei to work with.
So I did another light study of my haystacks (the ocean shore). I was also blessed with a couple hundred people doing a race through the neighborhood, so I took a couple snaps of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed keeping my feet firmly planted on solid ground all day today. Well, except for the occasional spider web draped across my face. I hate walking through spider webs and I'm finding way too many after all the recent rains and insect hatchings.
Okay, this officially makes me the worst action photographer - ever.
I was swimming my usual route along the Makena shore this morning when an eight-foot Tiger Shark swam right up to me. Was my first reaction to pull my camera out and get a close-up photo? Nooooo. Instead I tried to kick it in the head. How lame is that?
Not only was I incompetent as a photographer, but I'm thinking I wasn't very understanding either. The shark wasn't behaving aggressively (well, besides the swimming right at me part), and maybe it only wanted to be petted on the nose. It probably only wanted to be loved.
After trying to kick it (think of the rejection and despair it must have felt) and missing, it swerved around me and circled, keeping between me and shore. Fortunately, a Pacific Whale Foundation boat was passing nearby and quickly responded to my girly screams for help. Many Mahalos to captain Brian of the Ocean Explorer and his crew for fishing me from the ocean and saving me from making any other social blunders towards the sea's creatures.
More rains have brought more wildflowers. Well, more daisies I should say. Those seem to be the only kind of wildflowers which exist here in the few vacant stretches of south Maui.
Also rapidly springing up this morning was a concert stage at one of the resorts. I am always amazed at how an open lawn is converted to a concert venue overnight, equipped with huge video screens and great sound systems, and then back to plain grass the next day.
When I bump into something while out swimming in the ocean, I often jump because it is so unexpected. This morning I was jumping a lot because there was a lot of floating debris from recent storms.
Just as I was getting used to the occasional leaf and small branch, I bumped into a shark - floating at the surface - dead. Yuck. I immediately backed off, took a quick snapshot, then swam back the way I came. After all, if it had been dead long enough to begin floating, then it had to be smelly enough to attract scavengers.
To make the photo below a little bit less gruesome, I flipped it over so the shark isn't seen floating belly-up.
This is Peggy. Peggy has a vision. I am in awe of photographers, and other artists, who strive to capture what they see in their minds.
Peggy knows exactly what she wants to capture and has returned to this exact spot many, many times. She was hoping that today's conditions of filtered sunlight combined with yesterday's rains will finally provide that elusive perfect fulfillment of her vision.
Me, I am much more visceral. When I see something interesting, I point my camera in that direction and push the shutter button. For instance I loved the way these flowers managed to burst from a crack in the side of this tree, so I took the shot.
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