Just a couple of snapshots from my walk through the neighborhood this morning. Above is the reflection of palm trees in a lily pond (flipped upside down, of course).
And below is another view of one of my favorite tree-lined streets with the camera set to take paintings instead of photographs. I'm hoping to do a series of these special effects photos next week in Paris.
This helicopter has been buzzing the south shore the past couple of days. It actually was flying a little bit higher as it circled this snorkel boat, then it dropped back down and hugged the shore.
Grey Francolins have been producing lots and lots of babies the last two weeks. Not only that, but they've been getting much bolder too. Normally they would hurry away from any people, but these guys (photo below) completely ignored me even though I was less than a foot away from the chicks.
What is this weed? It has completely overrun an ancient Hawaiian heiau near my house. It is a vining plant and when I bashed one fruit open, it smelled a bit like cucumber. The vine is thorny, but the spines on the fruit are softer.
Today was Patti's birthday swim, which meant that Patti got to select the adventure.
So that meant scraping over shallow, shallow coral reefs and squeezing through tiny spaces - which equated to scratches, abrasions and cuts - and blood. Fortunately, today it wasn't enough blood to start a feeding frenzy with the local sharks [whew].
Patti & Janet managed to escape the constant downpours in Haiku this morning with a trip around the mountain to my home base. But their decision to submerge themselves in yet more water left me a little confused. If you're coming this far to get away from the rain, wouldn't it make more sense to sit on a dry beach enjoying the warm spring sunshine? Swimmers!
This is one of my favorite buildings on Maui. It is the clubhouse for the Wailea Blue golf course. I once mentioned how much I loved the design to an architect friend of mine and he only laughed at me, telling me how horrible he thought the design was. What I like is the way the curtain walls are suspended from an exterior trellis structure; giving a light, insubstantial feeling to the walls.
In addition to meeting a lot of wonderful swimmers from Calgary, we had a most interesting ocean swim this morning.
We found two species of Sea Star that we've never encountered prior to last week and this week. What brings them here?
George also found a pile of trash on the ocean floor (crutch, fishing spear, and metal rod) which were valiantly carried the long, long way back to shore by Patti, George and Pedro. We thank you and the planet thanks you.
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