Friday, September 30, 2016

Guerrilla Photography

Due to strict rules for doing commercial photography and videography on the beaches, guerrilla filmmakers sneak onto the beaches early to get their shots.

I was happy getting my shots underwater this morning, where I did not need any permits or licenses.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crumbling Cinder Faces

 Clear water has returned and I had a glorious ocean swim this morning.

I heard voices as I was swimming around the 500 foot high cinder cone, Pu'u Olai, this morning. A couple of guys were climbing the cinder outcroppings and faces - never a good idea. Fortunately, everything stayed put today.

I've been seeing lots and lots of Cornetfish. This school numbered twenty-four.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Autumnal Clearing
Finally! The ocean cleared up significantly in the last few days and visibility was good enough that we were even able to see a few critters.

Including the endangered Hawksbill Turtle in the middle photograph.

Click HERE for a couple more photographs from this morning's ocean swim with the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Minor Imperfection

Waves were still crashing this morning, but underwater everything was smooth sailing.

Of course, the renewed ocean swell has maintained the poor visibility below the surface; but there has to be some minor imperfection in paradise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Slowly, Slowly, Slowly

Slowly, slowly, slowly visibility is improving in South Maui waters.

The ocean also seems to be cooling down just a little. Winter is on its way.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Final Sunday of Summer

Nice warm water marked the final swim of summer for the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers.

Unfortunately, visibility was considerably less than optimal, but that didn't keep us from having a great time in the silky ocean water.

Click HERE for a couple more photos from this morning's swim.

Friday, September 16, 2016

No Runoff

Visibility was way less than optimal this morning. We have not had any runoff in South Maui from the recent rain storms, but have had lots of crashing surf.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On That Horse
After an extremely unpleasant ocean swimming experience last week, it was important for the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers to get right back on that horse.

And it was great. The water felt like warm silk and, except for a little murk near the start, conditions were exquisite.

Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Funeral Procession

I was impressed by how well these ants were working together to move this dead frog. Especially since they were hauling it vertically up the side of a curb.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hard Shell

The surf's been up the past several days, which makes for fun times playing in the waves, especially if you've got a hard shell to protect yourself.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Holiday Time

Another perfect day in South Maui. Enjoy the Labor Day holiday everyone.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Worst Ocean Swim Ever

What looked at first glance to be the absolutely perfect morning for an ocean swim turned into a painful scramble to be first out of the water.

The Maui Pink Cap Swimmers stumbled into a huge mass of jellyfish, with their tentacles leaving painful welts over almost everyone's exposed areas of skin. Although Howard came in a close second, Lisa won for largest number of most severe stings.

Click HERE for a few more photos from today's very brief (but not brief enough) swim.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Consistently Lucky

I do not know why we here on Maui's south shore are so consistently lucky, but both hurricanes passed us by without so much as a single drop of rain or gust of wind. So life continues on just as it always does here in paradise...

Friday, September 2, 2016

No Discernible Effect

Whilst the two currently passing hurricanes show no discernible effect here in South Maui, the ocean waves were not their normal selves and the water was less than crystal clear.

Still, I saw lots of turtles on my swim this morning and it was really good being back in the water again.

Drone On and On

Once upon a time we used to take family self-portraits using a tripod. No more. The trendy dad brings his drone copter in close to get the job done (top photo).

Professional photographers have been doing "trash the dress" photo shoots after the wedding, but usually while the photographer stands on shore. This guy was a lot more involved, getting into the water with the newlyweds (middle photo).

We had more spectacular skies again last night (bottom photo).