Century Plants, also known as American Aloe, cover a hill near my house. They are impressive to see in person because the flower stalks are twenty to thirty feet tall. Also interesting is that each of the flower clusters develops into a group of baby century plants with leaves and roots, ready to live on their own once they drop to the ground.
Beach combing shell hunters are always disappointed when they visit Maui for the first time, because they can't find any shells.
We don't have the rich mud sea beds which mollusks seem to love, we only have lava rocks, sand and coral.
But if you look closely at the sand, you will be richly rewarded. You might need tweezers to pick them up, but there are lots of tiny shells everywhere. None of the shells on today's post were larger than my thumbnail, and most of them were much smaller.
The sky was a bit hazy this morning with vog drifting up from the Big Island, but it was an absolutely spectacular beach day nonetheless. The ocean water even felt a bit warmer - maybe winter will end early.
I am struggling mightily to learn how to photograph people. For me this is a huge obstacle mostly born out of my fear of rejection. Fortunately, I have friends like Gabe who kindly let me snap away while having lunch. Thanks Gabe.
I love the fact that even when I'm way out in the middle of the ocean, I still manage to run into really cool people. Conditions were so exceptional today that these guys paddled from Makena Landing to La Perouse and back.
Conditions for this morning's ocean swim with the Maui Pink Cap crew started out as less than optimal. Waves were stirring things up and visibility wasn't too hot; but once we got out deeper the water cleared up nicely.
An unexpected breach by a nearby Humpback Whale caught us all by surprise and Made Our Day (sadly, my reaction time was such that no photographic proof exists).
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