Sunday, March 30, 2014

Not Needless

 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.

Click HERE to see the photos a little larger on my web site.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

One Week Late

I am one week late, but I finally had a moment to process the photos from Janet's Birthday Weekend on Lanai.

About time!

Click HERE for lots more fun photos of our swimmers in action.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

House Guest

It felt like summer today - hot and sunny. Well, the water still has a chill to it, but it was calm and clear, perfect for swimming.

Bruce had a house guest today. The more the merrier.

Monday, March 24, 2014

One Heck of a Party

Happy Birthday, Janet!

You throw one HECK of a party. Thanks for the invite.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lanai Swim Day

Sunday is swim day, and it was even better on the nearby island of Lanai.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Perfect Day

We are sitting on the beach watching the sun set after a perfect day. Camping on the beach is such a treat, especially on the island of Lanai.

Friday, March 21, 2014

True Friends
 My so called human "friends" blew me off from a swim date this morning.

Thankfully, my true friends, Maui's Spinner Dolphins, joined me for the beginning and end of my ocean swim. How considerate.

Click HERE for several more photos from today's swim.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Only Time for Work

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wrong Direction

 I'm not a very good tour guide.

I promised Janet & Patti to take them to the Pinnacle this morning, and instead we wound up at a cave through the cliffs of Moria. Fortunately, no orcs this time...

It was fun swimming an area we haven't been to in ages and a competition pod of whales even swam by.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tree Down

 Recent big winds have left a few victims in their wake. Happily this was the only monkeypod tree down in Wailea as far as I could tell.

I have never seen a Banyan tree uprooted. But how could one be with that many roots?

And all these giant ficus trees in Wailea seemed fine as well.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crazy Windy
 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.

Click HERE for a few more photos from today's swim.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Run - Don't Walk

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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nothing to Say

Hmmm. I have nothing to say today. I just thought I would post a couple of snapshots from my walk along the ocean this morning.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday at Home

I popped over to my next door neighbor's house a minute ago and have to say that their view is definitely better than mine.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Amorphous Blob

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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Niles is Not a River
 Welcome back to Maui, Dennis. I know it is only for a visit, but we've missed you and it was great to see you again.

We also thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Sunday morning swim with a lovely trio from Canadaland.

Click HERE for a few more photos from today's ocean swim.

Oh by the way, Niles is a town in SW Michigan. Also, a welcome to our newest Pink Cap Swimmer. You are a great addition to our group, Ellis.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Down & Up

These are my neighbors just six houses down the street. We have the better scenic view but they get to watch wave after wave of kayakers pass by every morning.

And then there's the view uphill. Above us are golf courses and then ranchland almost all the way to the summit. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi-Gras Makeover

In the spirit of the holiday I gave this brown anole a Mardi-Gras makeover in photoshop. Party On.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Quiet Farewell
 This morning the Maui Pink Cap swimmers gathered in spite of rain, wind and crashing waves to say farewell to one of our own.

We will miss you, Kathleen.

Click HERE for a few more photos from this morning.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Aloha Kathleen
 Aloha Kathleen!

What can I say other than - We will sorely miss you.

A hui hou...

(Click HERE for many of our wonderful memories of Kathleen)