People are making the best of our missing beaches. Many of them are combing through the rocks in search of shells. And the rest are enjoying getting to know each other as they pack into what little sand is left.
Weeks of unusual waves and winds have uncovered large expanses of rocks which are almost always buried under several feet of sandy beach. Slowly the sand will begin returning, all nicely scrubbed clean.
Lots of people were utilizing the calm weather to get in some whale watching. The stand-up paddler (bottom photo) got to see a Humpback Whale lying on its side with tail (left) and fluke (right) sticking out of the water.
Maui is a very new place. Unlike most places in the world, there is little that survives from much more than two hundred years ago. Yes, there are some stone platforms from an indeterminate period in the past, but otherwise everything is new and shiny. This unfinished oceanfront building is the exception and stands out as incredibly unusual here in South Maui.
This little guy was trucking across the lawn. Not just sliming slowly along, but racing. I had to keep moving the camera to keep from being run over. I wonder what the rush was?
I have been so taken by our invasion of Lovebirds that I hadn't noticed how small they are. This group of twenty-six were so focused on dining in this freshly mowed lawn, that they let me approach quite closely. When I looked up from my camera viewfinder, I was surprised to observe that they are no larger than my closed fist.
This is also the first time I've seen so many that are a faded blue color. Wikipedia tells me (HERE) that the green body with a rosy face is a dominant genetic trait, but that the blue variant is a recessive trait of the same birds. Interesting.
Our weird weather continues with surf crashing on the normally tranquil south shore of Maui. One advantage for children is all the small marine creatures tossed into tide pools waiting to be discovered.
Nonetheless, the skies are blue and clear and the temperatures are back in the eighties. Mmmmmmm.
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