Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Turtles and Mermaids

 Maui's Mermaids allowed me to swim with them this morning. They introduced me to lots of their turtle friends and showed me a great time.

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

All About the Swim

This morning my time with the Pink Cap Swimmers was all about the swim.

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Better Place

Today was International Coastal Cleanup Day which was actually being observed on one beach in South Maui. Careful records were kept of exactly what was found along the shore.

Thank you to those who participated for making our island a better place.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Struggle and Splash

Four Spotted Eagle Rays joined me for a portion of my ocean swim this morning.

They move so effortlessly while I struggle and splash every stroke of the way.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life is Good

Yet another perfect morning at the beach.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Shark and Two Mantas

This morning I got to see a shark close up and two manta rays swimming way down deep below me.

The shark was, of course, Junior; who has been around for a few months now, and seems much shyer than in the past.

The mantas were too busy feeding to even notice me.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Back Where He Belongs

I am thrilled to have Doug back on Maui after his cross country road trip to visit family and, of course, his obligatory attendance at the U.S. Open Tennis tournament.

We saw lots and lots of turtles directly in front of our house when we took a brief dip this evening. Life is good.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Blue Blue Blue

This morning everything out to sea was blue, blue, blue except for the clouds and boat. So, I thought...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice and Clean

I was unable to swim with the pink caps this morning, so I got up early and took a little dip with my turtle friends instead.

My final stop was at a turtle cleaning station where hungry fish polish the shell of any interested turtles.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dolphins and Mermaids


 It has been way too long, but this morning both Spinner Dolphins and Mermaids joined me on my far too brief swim. It was my best lunch break from work. Ever.

Click HERE for more photos of today's encounter.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Phones at the Ready

One great thing about today's smart phones is that they allow practically everybody to get excited about photography.

Every evening, people are lined up along the shore with their phones at the ready, all set to capture a Maui sunset.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Formally Dunked

Today was Baptism day at the beach. One at a time, people were led out and formally dunked. Getting smashed by a wave did not count.

For everyone else, it was a gorgeous holiday on the shore.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Maggie Stops By

 In spite of the two huge ocean races this weekend, there wasn't a bad turnout of swimmers to greet Maggie on her quick visit this week.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Yucky Sprouts

People are often surprised when I tell them about my tomatoes being filled with sprouts.

Modern storage methods allow ripe fruit to be shipped without spoiling but, unfortunately, the seeds continue to develop while the fruit stays the same. Often when I cut into a tomato, it is completely filled with sprouted seeds (rarely do they break the skin). And if you have ever tasted a tomato plant, you know that you do not want that flavor in your mouth [yuck].

Friday, September 1, 2017

No See Em

Quite a contrast from my past few swims - the underwater visibility this morning was horrible. In fact, I really should not have swum.

I swam right over this sleepy turtle without seeing it. It wasn't until I dove down to explore the coral that I discovered it only feet away from me.

Thank goodness for the magic of my underwater camera because it seems to have x-ray vision. I could hear this big school of fish (top photo) making swishing sounds as it sped back and forth beneath me, but only saw the slightest blur to indicate anything was there. At least now that I'm home I can see what was going on during my swim.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Like Flying


 The Maui Pink Cap Swimmers had such perfectly clear water yesterday that the entire swim was more like flying than swimming.

In addition to a Spotted Eagle Ray we saw four different Helmet mollusks.

Click HERE for several more photos from Sunday's ocean swim.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dead Cat

 There's always something interesting going on at the beach.

I assumed that the lady in the top photo was getting photos done to promote a product she created. Nope. It was all about her dead cat and a burial at sea.

I love the colors at the beach. This was the first pink parasol I've noticed.

And there is always a wedding going on somewhere.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Too Many Turtles


 This morning's ocean swim was an experience of Turtles, Turtles, and more Turtles - oh, and some Mermaids too.

It also didn't hurt that the water was super-clear. It isn't often that we get such an extraordinary degree of visibility.

Click HERE for several more photos of Turtles, Mermaids, and other Critters.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Falling Coconuts

 Snapshots from my walk along the shore this morning.

There is always a wedding somewhere along the shore.

The warning sign says nothing about falling coconuts.

People love to stack rocks and leave their leis in conspicuous places.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcoming Bevy


 Maui's Mermaids welcomed me with open arms this morning.

We swam through water both shallow and deep, and even saw some fish we had never seen before.

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