I meet the nicest people while out swimming (yes, the water was finally clear enough - barely - for me to get back in).
Now in September the ocean is as warm as it gets, and this year even more than usual. While I love the current 84 degrees fahrenheit water, I can also see Coral Bleaching beginning across the reefs. See in the bottom photo how the tips of the coral heads are turning white. Fortunately, once the water cools down the coral will welcome back its algae symbiot and will return to normal.
I seem to be stuck in my office way too much recently. I did sneak a few minutes from my mean boss to work on a couple of photographs from my archives - like the one above. Sorry for the obtrusive watermark, but theft has been running rampant these days.
I didn't quite step back in time on my walk this morning, as you can tell from the wind turbines on the far mountains, but it sure felt like it. Everywhere was quiet, gentle and calm - a perfect start to the day.
My excuse for not swimming this morning is that the surf is still rolling in, which makes underwater visibility less than optimal. Surfers are loving it though.
My excuse for lousy image quality in the surf photo is that this is an extreme crop from my little underwater camera, which is not meant to catch faraway surfers. I figure that a bad shot is better than no shot at all.
My excuse for the suit and tie is that it was time to renew my passport. The good news is that only the top button of my shirt was fastened and I was wearing shorts and flip flops.
Nope. It's not some kind of digital photoshop art. It is a close-up of the wing of this giant moth which was perched on my windowsill. The wings have this kind of pixelated surface while the body is furry.
These huge moths quietly hang out on the sides of trees and houses during the day, but they're always gone when it gets dark. They are so big that when one flits by I'm never certain whether it was a moth or a bat.
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