Sunday, July 31, 2016

So Sorry
 My sincerest apologies to the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers this morning. For some unknown reason practically all of today's photos were blurry.

Click HERE to see lots of blurry photos.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Among Others

 I had a beautiful morning for an ocean swim.

Among others I saw lots of Parrotfish, Convict Tangs, and Needlefish.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pushed Aside

The Green Sea Turtles which hang out in front of my house are so accustomed to snorkelers that they completely ignore us. The one in the middle photo swam right up to me this morning, then pushed me aside with one flipper and swam past.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

College Transport

I guess these things have been around for a while now, but the first time I'd ever seen a Segway Ninebot One E + was in Paris where I saw quite a few. They seemed to be popular among college students as a way to get around. Way cool.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rock Crawler

This Sea Turtle crawling over the rocks drew quite a crowd of onlookers at Kam II beach this morning.

Posers in front of the Maui Marriott.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Another Miss

 Yet another tropical storm/hurricane is set to miss us completely. Even though a light rain caressed this beach wedding this morning, it is now sunny and beautiful.

The storm track has been adjusted at the last moment, just as they always are. Maui is lucky to be blocked by the immense mountains of the Big Island of Hawaii, which are in the process of deflecting yet another batch of threatening weather.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Making Tracks

 Sea Turtles come up onto the beach in the dark of the night to lay their eggs buried in the sand well above the high tide line.

While not that noticeable, the tracks to and from their "nest" are distinctive (center photo).

Waves were crashing during my ocean swim this morning, but at least I had sunny skies and light winds.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Loyal Followers

This turtle had three very loyal followers this morning. They never got more than a couple of feet away at any time.

The fish below couldn't seem to decide on which way to go.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fishie Friends

With the remnants of hurricane Celia passing to our near north the weather is absolutely spectacular, including dramatic cloud formations over the mountains.

Fishing boats were just off shore this morning hauling in lots and lots of my little fishie friends.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Uphill Swim
 Most of the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers chose to swim upstream this morning - and fortunately we had a rope assist part of the way.

A wicked current was running south, so many of us chose to begin the swim by heading north instead. We utilized every trick we could think of to make progress, including aiming for and pulling on anchor cables along the way. The swim back was a blissful, easy, gliding superhero kind of swim.

Click HERE for more photos from today's ocean swim.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Heavy Post

This little Koi pond is one of my favorite rest spots along my morning walk route. I love the mix of shadow and light, and the cool and relaxing feeling I get while there.

Unfortunately, cameras struggle (and fail) when attempting to deal with Maui's harsh, bright sunlight (lower photo). The only way that I've been able to even partially capture the atmosphere of the location is with heavy post-processing (top photo).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kept Mine Too

 Ten Spinner Dolphins swam by me a few times on my ocean swim this morning.

On some occasions they have been playful and interactive, but today they kept their distance, so I kept mine too.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bring on the Hurricanes

 Even something as ordinary as a spiderweb rises to special notice when the light is right.

The remnants of our first hurricane of the season are passing by which, strangely enough, is proving us with absolutely spectacular weather.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer Pink Caps
 Even though the ocean was not as clear as last Sunday, swimming conditions this morning were great.

Andre got a great ride through the slosh and we got to swim with Eagle Rays and Turtles.

Click HERE for a few more photos from today's ocean swim.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cutting Wood and Water

It was about two years ago that another massive log appeared in front of Dale Zarrella's home. I would say that another one will be showing up soon now that his current sculpture is completed.

His mermaid wasn't the only one watching the hordes of surfers taking advantage of a rising south swell this morning.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Not This One

I dove down to check out this Spotted Eagle Ray this morning and was caught by surprise when this White Tip Reef Shark swam right by me. They are usually terribly shy and avoid me and my camera, but not this one. It did, however, swim rapidly away once it saw that my camera was aimed its way.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

No Multiples

 I'm fully back to my sane, normal life - swimming with the fishies.

Only, now that it's summer, without multiple tops and swim caps. I love the warm water.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Back with the Pod
 I was so happy to be back among the Maui Pink Cap swimmers this morning.

The ocean was gray and choppy and not very pleasant looking, but once we got in it was glorious.

Click HERE for more photos from today's ocean swim.

Friday, July 1, 2016


I'm beginning the process of looking through the photographs I took on my recent stay in Italy and France, and am already reminiscing fondly.  We stayed in a spacious apartment in Rome just three small blocks beyond the right edge of the top photo, and crossed this pedestrian bridge several times each day and night.

The lower photo was meant for nothing more than a comparison to a similar photo taken while the river was running much higher. I was surprised at the pleasure I derived from gazing upon it - even though it was nothing more than a junk snapshot.