This morning the Maui Pink Cap swimmers headed out into deep, deep water to see what we could see.
We were lucky to have two groups of Spinner Dolphins swim up to us and accompany each of our own pods for a while. And then three Humpback Whales swam past, although they kept their distance, allowing us to watch and hear them blast their steamy breath into the air. And then there were the Rays, Turtles and fishies.
A few chilly days with highs only in the mid seventies have fortunately passed without harm, and we are now back to normal here on Maui. Thank goodness I can now put the long pants and sweatshirt away.
This Goldust Day Gecko was not one of the most colorful I've ever seen, but it made a nice contrast with this ginger flower.
Maui's Mermaids were kind enough to let me swim with them down to the Wall (or what I call the Cliffs of Doom) this morning. Swimming to that looming, dark barrier was a first for several of them, but conditions were perfect and the trek was a joyful experience. Due to their smooth face extending below the water's surface, we were able to do flip turns and push off to begin our return swim.
Traveler's Palms look a bit like ferris wheels from a distance. No matter how they were planted, the leaves (almost) always line up in an east-west direction, giving orientation aid to passing travelers.
Hooray. It turns out the new camera I am planning on taking on my long trek this spring is also capable of taking painting-like photographs. I will have a lot of fun with this feature.
We moved the swim a few miles south this morning due to a stiff north breeze blowing across the ocean.
Even so, Jonathan and I were the only ones to actually go out swimming, and are we ever happy that we did.
The water was spectacularly clear, there was no surge at all, and we were surprised to discover that we were warmer underwater than we had been on shore. How sad that everyone else missed out on a great swim.
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