The holiday craziness is upon me with too much to do. I finally got around to looking at these photos from my walk yesterday and am posting them today, a day late. In case you hadn't figured it out, almost every photograph on my blog was taken the same day that it was posted.
Where would I rather be right now? In the Midwest where I grew up and where it got all the way up to 25 degrees today, or here on Maui where it is now 80 degrees? Ummmm...
All the resorts keep their coconut palm trees well trimmed so that no one gets injured by falling coconuts. Until recently the trees were climbed using spikes on the shoes. Now the prestige method is spikeless trimming so that there aren't any unsightly holes in the tree trunks. It also provides a great abs workout.
I continue encountering fish in great abundance on the South Maui reefs. I have been making a big deal about the preponderance of fish because I seldom see them in such large numbers. Of course, it helps knowing what to look for because they blend in with the coral amazingly well.
I normally see small schools of colorful tropical fish here and there during my ocean swims, but today they numbered in the thousands. Of course, the ultra-clear water helped make them easily visible - often they blend in to the murk and are practically invisible.
This morning we stumbled across an egg sac floating in the current. It must have been tasty because turtles and fish were munching away at it. We were getting little stings on our bodies while near it, so we decided to forgo the taste test.
Two children went crawling under my table at a restaurant during lunch today to get a closer look at this bold little gecko. I figured out why he was there when he jumped onto my big toe to lunge at a fly which had landed on it.
Wild chickens abound on Maui, but I didn't even notice this guy until he crowed as I walked under him. I jumped at the unexpected noise but he totally ignored me.
I knew that the giant spreading Banyan trees were members of the fig family, but I never realized that their tiny little pods are actually small figs. Their fruit are only an inch across but bring birds from near and far to feast upon them. I don't know why, though. I tasted this one which I found on the ground and it wasn't very good.
I am often surprised by how flexible and mobile Starfish can be. While growing up, my only encounters with starfish were with their brittle dead skeletons so, of course, they were locked in one pose. The real live thing is always on the go, moving and bending.
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