Once again, her lightening fast reflexes allowed Patti to catch a fish with her bare hands this morning. It didn't hurt that this Moray Eel had recently eaten more than it could handle and was a bit sluggish.
Which provides us with a timely lesson - don't eat more than you can handle this Thanksgiving.
I am accustomed to seeing giant land snails on the ground, which is where they belong. But this morning I saw them climbing walls and trees. Is there something they know that I don't? An impending disaster, perhaps?
I wasn't thrilled with any of the Koi photos I took this morning, so I thought I'd goof around with special effects...
I've been out of the office on assignment all week. I get rather focused while shooting, often forgetting to eat. The good news is that I lost ten pounds. The bad news is that it never occurred to me to post on my blog. The good news is that I'm now back in my office where I can post once again. The bad news is that I won't be leaving my computer for the next week. [sigh]
Monarch Butterflies are everywhere right now. No matter where I go, I see them flitting around and often chasing each other. With today's photos I can see that they aren't simply playing a game of tag.
Passion Flowers are once again blooming in the lava fields. This time they are much smaller than they were after the rains; and if you were standing next to me, you probably wouldn't even notice them next to your feet. I certainly did not realize they were there until I saw some butterflies land on them.
I used to love all the freedom I found when I moved to Maui. Where has it all gone? The entrance to Big Beach (top photo) used to be a small sandy road and that's all. No gates, no signs listing all the many, many taboos. My favorite newest sign is the one I circled - basically saying the beach is off limits to the public.
Fortunately, no one tried to stop me from going to the beach today where I got to swim in lovely clear water with fishies and turtles, and even saw some butterflies on shore.
Yesterday's post was of dead butterflies, which I must say are certainly easier to photograph than today's live ones. The wind was whipping the plants back and forth and most of my attempts did not contain any insects. Here are a couple where I got lucky.
As I continue to get older and seriously more wrinkled, it is absolutely wonderful to see fresh young faces show up for the Maui Pink Cap Sunday swims. Hooray for the next generation and their enthusiasm and joy.
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