Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Different Vantage

Surf's up again on the South shores of Maui. Which means poor visibility and dangerous swimming, but excellent surfing.

So when I cut my ocean swim short this morning, I decided to check out the surfers on my way back in and got my first ever in-water surf shots.  Fun.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bubbling with Joy


 I was glowing with joy and bubbling with happiness as I emerged from the ocean this morning.

The water was at its warmest, so it was truly a joy to spend two and a half hours swimming with several Manta Rays, a Spotted Eagle Ray, several Sea Turtles, countless fishies and, best of all, the fun group of Maui Pink Cap Swimmers.

What a day!

Click HERE for more photos from today's swim.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pushing Boundaries

 The ocean was unusually calm again this morning, perfect for exploring caves and tunnels, both above water and below.

My adventurous friends, Patti & Janet, even managed to get me to swim into places I don't normally go.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Me and Monet

Me and Monet. What is it about water lilies?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Many Happy Returns


What fun having the newlyweds back in the ocean again.

As well as one of our own from days past who has moved on up to being an "elite" swimmer. Come back and swim with us anytime, Rick.

Click HERE for several more photos from this morning's ocean swim.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Unabashed Yellowness

Yellow Tang are probably my favorite fish, due entirely to their pure, unabashed yellowness.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another One

Just another beautiful summer day...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Day Too Early

I really should not have swum today.

Recent high surf has stirred up the ocean and visibility has been slow to recover; well, sort of, considering some big sets are still rolling in. Maybe I'm just a bit too impatient to be back swimming.

Anyway, the only reason I got to see this Spotted Eagle Ray this morning was because it swam up to me to say, "Hi!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beach Sand Scrub

The recent spate of high surf has robbed us of our pretty little sandy beach.

Not to worry, though. This happens every few years and the sand will be back all nice and clean in a few months. This scrubbing of our beach is actually a very nice service provided by mother nature. Thank you.

Monday, September 15, 2014


 THIS is why you hire a professional photographer!

Do you think shots like these happen by themselves? No way!

Although I took these snapshots yesterday at my friends' wedding, they were all carefully staged by a professional wedding photographer (whose name I do not yet know) while I cheated and shot from behind her.

All I can say is, WOW!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Surf Shots

 Surf was too high and the water too murky for a safe ocean swim this morning, so what to do?

Go photograph surfers, of course.

I'm loving the super zoom feature of my newest teeny-tiny point-and-shoot pocket camera.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Popping Mushrooms

Our mornings are spectacular, but recently we've been getting some pretty solid afternoon downpours. So, mushrooms have been popping up all over the place.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Support from Below

At least four Spotted Eagle Rays kept me company during my ocean swim this morning. Which was good, because I really needed the emotional support. 

I have been working hard at a big photo shoot this week and have not made the time for any exercise. Today's swim was a struggle, but having an escort was really encouraging and made a big difference.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Greatest Job

I've been streamside all week taking photographs for the landowner.

I have the world's greatest job!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Goofy Wedding

Part of the fun of walking the beach is never knowing who or what you'll see.

This morning was a very goofy wedding where the guests were strongly encouraged to dance along with the silly music.

And there was this guy who stayed in his head stand for the entire time I was on the beach.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Final Days of Freedom


 It felt so very good to be back swimming with my friends, the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers this morning (I've been working too much and swimming too little).

And a special welcome back to Josh in his final days of freedom.

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


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Going OFF

 Dragonfruit cactus flowers were going OFF this morning down at the end of my road.

Their size is what makes them especially impressive, with the flowers about a foot across. They all bloom together on one night and quickly shrivel and fall off in the hot morning sun.

I am so happy to have encountered their one day of blossoming.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fish & Flowers

Today my eye was caught by lily ponds filled with Koi.