Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Clear Water Returns


Hooray, a return to clear water on Maui's south shore. Will it last? I plan on making the most of it while it is here.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Cock Fight


Maui has lots and lots of feral chickens. In fact chances are really good that wild chickens will be climbing over your feet looking for crumbs at most outdoor restaurants.

But this morning was the first time I'd seen two roosters battling it out.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Another Murky Swim

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The Maui Pink Cap swimmers encountered yet another Sunday morning of far less than clear ocean water. I don't know why the murky conditions affected all of my photos, both above water and below.

Click HERE for a few more photos from another brief swim.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/14jul19sm/14jul19sm.html

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Neoclassical


I've seen lots of creative arches for beach weddings here on Maui, but today was the first time I'd seen a neoclassical one.

The moon is getting full and the sunsets continue to wow.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Coral Bleaching


A lot of our coral is transitioning from its natural yellowish color to a blue as it begins the bleaching process in the warmer than usual ocean water this year.

My hair is growing back quickly.

Rainbow turtle from refraction of light through the surface of the sea.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Boy with a Fishing Pole


The top photo is from my morning beach walk.

Sunset a couple of days ago.

The only thing the last photo is missing is a little boy with a fishing pole.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

No Poops


Hooray! Clear water has returned to the south shore of Maui which allowed me to spot, and swim with, two large Manta Rays this morning.

They were busy feeding and were doing loops and swoops but no poops.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Ho'okipa

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Maui's Pink Cap swimmers like to mix it up a little by swimming at a different location the first Sunday of each month. Yesterday we visited Ho'okipa on the north shore, a place famous for big waves and strong winds.

Click HERE for more photos of Sunday's ocean swim.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/07jul19hookipa/07jul19hookipa.html

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pre Fireworks Fireworks


We didn't feel any need to wait for the fireworks on the fourth because nature gave us all the spectacle we could ever want.

The sunset started out okay, then morphed into one for the record books. The bottom photo was taken at 7:00 p.m. on July 4, 2019, the top photo was taken at 7:25 p.m. It is hard to believe that we are seeing the same sunset taken from the same location in these two photos, but we are.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Brief Break


A brief break in the recent (seemingly unending) high surf allowed me to do a full ocean swim this morning. Even the turtles were back in the water today.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Even the Sea Turtles


The surf's been up and water clarity has been down, so even the sea turtles are avoiding swimming.

But the summer has otherwise been glorious with spectacular days and gorgeous sunsets.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wisely Returned


Even though surf was up this morning, Maui's Pink Cap swimmers decided to give a Sunday ocean swim a try.

Underwater visibility was often less than a meter (dangerous), and a group underwater photo was impossible, so we wisely turned around and returned to shore.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Watching Their Antics


I went for a short ocean swim this morning when more than thirty Spinner Dolphins swam up and around me. The circled for a couple of minutes before heading off along the shore, allowing me to continue my swim.

With the warm summer water I don't mind just hanging in place and watching their antics.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Too Fishy


Fish at Ulua beach are so accustomed to people in the water that they let you swim right up to them.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Kimmi's Birthday Swim

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The birthday girl got to choose where to swim this morning, well, sort of. And it was a spectacular and fun ocean swim.

I didn't mention the jellyfish I saw because everyone was so nervous about possible Box Jellyfish encounters. This one was a harmless jelly.

Click HERE for a few more photos of our ocean adventures today.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/23jun19mp/23jun19mp.html

Saturday, June 22, 2019

I Love Being Old


You may know the hawaiian word Kahuna, as someone who is accomplished at what they do and is looked up to. Well last night at a capacity concert by Na Palapalai and multiple hula halau I got to be a Kupuna (which basically means that I am old). What's the big deal? Well, while everyone else had to sit on the ground, I got to sit in a special seating area on a chair! Aren't you jealous? :-)

Oh, and by the way, the concert was wonderful with fantastic performances by both the group and numerous halau. It was like a mini Merrie Monarch festival.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

I Am So I Am Not


 Sometimes I think, if I weren't so socially awkward, I might actually be a good wedding photographer. But I am, so I'm not.

Last night's sunset kept morphing from good, to better, to best.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Veered Away


I thought this curious turtle was going to ram me, until it veered away at the last moment possible.

Every year we see these egg conglomerations that look like a Slinky.