While it certainly feels great being back on Maui, I do miss the pristinely clear water and preponderance of sea life on Lanai. Maui is inbetween the overdevelopment of Oahu and the mostly unspoiled nature of Lanai.
We did see a huge school of Needlefish on this morning's ocean swim.
Sorry, but I've been so crazy busy with work that all I can manage to post is one of the work photos I took yesterday. It looks like it should be easy to get a shot like this, but there is quite a bit of work involved, including lighting each of the interior spaces so that they aren't dark blobs.
Winds were howling crazy strong and it seemed that an ocean swim would be out of the question this morning; but when has nasty weather ever stopped Maui's Pink Cap swimmers?
Fortunately, a short drive down the coast found the only calm spot on the entire island. Plus, the water was delightfully clear and we had the ocean entirely to ourselves - even the tour boats didn't dare venture out.
I'm glad I glanced out my window this morning, because I saw the most vivid, stunning rainbow. I didn't walk. I ran to get my camera and then was out the front door and snapping away. Lucky we live Hawaii.
I encountered this amorphous blob this morning during my ocean swim this morning. Closer examination revealed floral and ti leaf leis tangled together floating on the surface.
Visitors to Maui are told that throwing leis into the ocean upon departure will ensure their return to the island. They also need to be told to cut and remove the strings first to prevent entrapment of sea life in the leis. Not to worry, these leis were fished out of the ocean to safeguard our critters.
A rock balancer was back at work recently. There were only two rocks in each stack, but even that is quite impressive to me.
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