Monday, November 11, 2019

Poor Vis


Extremely poor visibility kept our ocean swim very brief yesterday. Not only was the water cloudy, but there was lots of scary debris floating all around us. Although it did bring an early reindeer sighting.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Moon Over Makena


I was so happy to get in a normal after work swim yesterday evening - with no jellyfish.

Lots of turtles were out and the moon was rising over my workplace.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Owie


I cut my after work ocean swim short yesterday after being hit big-time by Portuguese Man-Of-War. For those of you who've never gotten a direct hit by one, the pain for the first five minutes is INTENSE. My first experience came from encountering one with my thumb. It was like someone had slammed a hammer with all their might onto my thumb. Yes, really.

But at least all I had were the tendrils. A snorkeler came out of the water soon after I did, and he had the entire jellyfish still attached to him. Owie.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sleeping Turtles


The sun keeps setting earlier and earlier, so I'm seeing more dramatic silhouettes during my evening (previously afternoon) walks.

I usually get Saturday morning off work, so I'm still getting to experience sunshine one day each week. And sleeping turtles as well.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Rob's Birthday Swim

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Maui's Pink Cap swimmers helped celebrate Rob's birthday and Maui visit with a gorgeous swim out to the Aquarium yesterday.

The only down side to the morning was seeing lots of Akule dead and dying near shore. Very strange.

Click HERE for more photos from our Sunday adventure.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/03nov19LP/03nov19LP.html

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fully Lit


The skies were briefly overcast one day recently and I loved the way the sky and ocean became one.

Last night's fingernail moon was clearly lit up in its entirety.

My evening walks are definitely more colorful than my morning walks ever were.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Turtles Turtles Everywhere


 After a period of turtle scarcity, it feels good to be back in the middle of turtle soup once again. Turtles, turtles everywhere.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Lobsters and Pink Caps

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The Maui Pink Caps' youngest swimmer, Olivia, did the full swim for the first time Sunday - and discovered a treasure trove of lobsters. Well, the molted exoskeletons of lobsters.

The ensuing Lobster Theater and stylish Lobster Hats provoked laughs all around.

Click HERE for lots more photos from yesterday's ocean swim adventures.

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/27oct19sm/27oct19sm.html

Friday, October 25, 2019

Why the Huddle


We're still getting some unbelievable sunsets. Definitely not every night, but often enough to keep us from sitting indoors before the teevee every evening.

I couldn't figure out the reason for the huddle right away.

Some of the oceanfront lawn sunset dinners are more extravagant than others.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wrong Again


I saw lots and lots and lots of Green Sea Turtles on my after-work swim yesterday. Usually, I only seen one or two, but they were everywhere.

I took a selfie at the beginning of the swim because I wasn't expecting to get any other photos, I'm glad I was wrong.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Too Warm?

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http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/20oct19sm/20oct19sm.html
Maui's Pink Cap swimmers once again had spectacular conditions with nice cozy clear warm water. In fact, it was so warm, we felt no need to return to shore and spent lots and lots of time chatting about this and that. It wasn't until hunger hit that we finally headed to shore.

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

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/20oct19sm/20oct19sm.html

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Outdoor Chaandeliers


Almost every Saturday in south Kihei, people line up to buy whole huli-huli chickens from a street vendor.

There was a lot of elaborate setup at one of the Wailea resorts for a pretty swanky wedding tonight. The reception site on a beach-front lawn includes an open air ballroom with lots and lots of crystal chandeliers.

Throw-net fishermen are incredibly patient, waiting and waiting for a school of fish to swim by.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Tranquility


The ocean was choppy for my after work swim today, but it didn't matter because I really needed the release that an ocean swim gives me. And underneath the waves, everything was tranquil and perfect.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Someone to Watch Over Me


There was a moment of calm yesterday afternoon, when the winds briefly died, and I managed to get out into the ocean for a swim. And then they picked up again. It was a struggle getting home, but at least I had an escort. The turtle in the bottom photo swam along side me almost the entire way back. I love being watched over by my ocean friends.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wait for It


Last night was yet another example of why patience can be a valued trait. The actual setting of the sun was nice, but nothing special. Half an hour later, however, was glorious. There is no way photographs ever do the real thing justice.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wrong Direction


On my evening walks after I get off work, I notice that lots and lots of people gather at the various beaches to watch the sun set.

The other evening they were all looking in the wrong direction. No one even thought to look in the exact opposite direction where a stunning rainbow crossed a huge swath of sky.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Early Thanksgiving

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It seems that tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Canada and, even though we're on Maui, we had a lot to be thankful for this morning.

We saw lots of friendly turtles and had exceptional swimming conditions.

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

http://www.tropicallight.com/swim1/13oct19sm/13oct19sm.html

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mister Cool


Who needs swim goggles when you look this cool :-)

This is my first-ever pair of RayBan Wayfarers which were found, just like I find lots of cool stuff, on the ocean floor.

Horray, I managed to get in two (count 'em - two) ocean swims after work this week. That does mean I'm doing evening swims, which is getting into feeding time for the sharks, but so far no problems.