Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mermaids at Ahihi and Beyond

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 I had the good fortune of being allowed to join the Maui Mermaids as one of their hangers-on this morning. We began at the only truly black sand beach in South Maui and hugged the shore until we were way, way out.

Ahihi is a marine reserve, so we saw lots and lots of fishies, including some big ones on the periphery of our vision. No one was quite sure of what we had barely glimpsed - and maybe it was better not knowing.

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

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Silky Smooth Embrace

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 The ocean welcomed the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers with a glassy-smooth silken embrace this morning. What a joy skimming along with no resistance.

Besides a few turtles, we encountered some spectacularly purple coral.

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

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Giggling Mermaids


 This morning there were turtles, turtles and more turtles. I easily lost count early in the swim.

There were also joyful mermaids who even came up for air in a water cave along the way.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sadness and Joy


I count myself as being extremely fortunate for getting to swim with Maui's Mermaids (and their hangers-on) this morning.

We were saddened by our encounter with a seriously ill sea turtle, but a Hawaiian chant and some poetry got our hearts soaring again.

Our friendly Shark, who Rosanne has named Don, was moving a little too quickly; I guess it was feeling overwhelmed by so many high-spirited visitors.

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


Monday, June 5, 2017

Go With Agave


When all else fails, go with agave.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Schooling While School's Out


 Maui cooperated and gave the Pink Cap Swimmers yet another absolutely perfect morning for an ocean swim today.

Now that school is out we got to welcome Haley back into the ocean. We also got to celebrate the very sexy Sandy's birthday.

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


Friday, June 2, 2017

Three Times


 Three times this morning I dove down deeeeeep to try and say "Hello" to Bruce, and three times she turned her back on me and swam away.

This turtle seemed to be enjoying the tickling bubbles of scuba divers down below.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Snowflakes in June


 I got to swim with friends out in front of my house this morning.

We saw many, many green sea turtles and two different Snowflake eels.

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


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Licking Something


I never thought of ginger flowers as having much nectar, but this gecko was happily licking at something.

Shower trees are called that because of the constant shower of flower petals all summer long.

The beach was calling this morning.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mermaids & Shark

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This morning my friends, Maui's Mermaids, led me back to the friendly Gray Shark I met last week.

I love swimming with my friends.

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

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stinging Swim

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 Many of the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers turned around after receiving multiple stings in less than clear water this morning.

I'm glad I kept on going because the water cleared up and I got to swim with a friendly Manta Ray.

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

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Surrounded


I got to swim with lots of turtles this morning and a spotted eagle ray, too.

And right at the end I was surrounded by a big school of half-beaks.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Naked Swimming


 For some reason I like the look of both raccoons and Raccoon Butterfly Fish. This morning I noticed a school of about thirty in a different place than usual.

Yes, summer is almost here and I am not needing lots of warm clothing when I swim. I felt practically naked swimming without a wetsuit today.

It wasn't until I looked at the photo that I realized that a Wrasse was hiding under this turtle.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great Beach Day


Another great beach day today.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Patti's Birthday on Lanai

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Most of Maui's Pink Cap Swimmers headed to the neighboring island of Lanai yesterday to celebrate Patti's birthday.

We played in wild water, saw lots of critters, got banged up a little, but definitely had lots of fun.

Click HERE for lots more photos from Sunday's adventures.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Lip Licking Good


 I met a very friendly shark this morning who kept swimming right up to me. I assume that licking of the lips is a sign of friendliness, right?

I also met some friendly people as well, both on land and in the water.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Intense Sunlight


Lots and lots of butterflies were clustering along the shore this morning.

Shade was most welcome this morning. Even though the temperatures are not hot, sunlight is intense this time of year.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No Better


How could life be any better?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Turtle Soup


 I was lucky enough to swim with Maui's Mermaids (and their hangers-on) this morning.

We encountered Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles - it was like Turtle Soup out there.

Click HERE for several more photos from today's adventure.