Saturday, October 24, 2020

Spooky Cacti


I've just returned from two weeks in southern Arizona where the cactus rules the landscape. 

I especially enjoyed these Halloween cacti.

This is the view from my mom's back yard and some of her original artwork.



 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Jen's Birthday Surprise


Jen chose a different location for her birthday swim this past Sunday, and what a great choice! Shortly after we began we were swarmed by over forty spinner dolphins. We hung with them briefly, then headed off our way while they went theirs.

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



 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Crazy Kids


I ran into Matt and Andrea out in the ocean this morning. They were relaxing with what they considered to be a short swim after swimming the entire distance from the island of Lanai to Maui yesterday. Crazy kids!

There were also lots of turtles and an eagle ray, plus all the usual hordes of fishies.



 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Happy Birthday, Doug


Due to a late season south swell, visibility was fairly poor Sunday. But we swam anyway. 

While taking the group photo, many of the swimmers couldn't even see me, but the camera sees all :-)

Click HERE for a couple more photos from our Sunday ocean swim.



 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Million Years


Maui's Pink Cap swimmers headed all the way up to Honolua Bay this past Sunday to explore some new terrain. It is amazing what a difference a million years can make to how the island looks.

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



 

Togetherness


Our usually solitary turtles were hanging out together this morning. 

And this ray kept swimming up to me.



 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Desert and Jungle


Yes, we have cactus plants growing wild on Maui. They dot the former cattle grazing grounds along with our version of mesquite, the kiawe.

Nice puddle reflections this morning and Shower Trees are still loaded with summer blossoms.



 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday on the Reef


Trumpetfish in general don't hang out with Yellow Tang, but this yellow Trumpetfish wouldn't let them out of its sight.

These two White Tip Reef Sharks were lazing in the current.

And this Spotted Eagle Ray was on a mission.



 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Mermaids


I decided to swim closer to home this morning and ran into a couple of mermaids out in the briny. What a treat.



 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Many Pods


Maui's Pink Cap swimmers were all back at the usual Sunday location yesterday morning. To keep group size down they started out in two separate packs, and then fractured into smaller pods from there.

Some of the pods saw Manta Ray, Eagle Rays and Shark; but I only saw swimmers, fishies and turtles.



 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Let Sleeping Sharks Lie


I found this spectacular specimen of a Triton's Trumpet on my Wednesday morning ocean swim. I never take anything (except photos) from the ocean, but I sure was tempted.

I also chose to let sleeping sharks lie, and swam with lots of Green Sea Turtles.



 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Something New


The Maui Pink Cap swimmers decided to mix things up and headed all the way over to the West Side for our weekly Sunday ocean swim. We saw lots of critters, including some which were new to us. I'm glad we ventured out of our normal comfort zone.

Click HERE for lots more photos from yesterday's adventure.



 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Especially Summer


I thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful morning ocean swim today.

The water was clear, warm and flat with lots of fishies and turtles.

I love getting into the ocean here, but especially in summer.



 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Deep into the Slot


Maui's Pink Cap swimmers decided to try a different location for yesterday's ocean swim. 

Carl visited us for the first time in eons and he, Ben and Kimi even ventured deep into the Slot.

Click HERE for more photos from yesterday's fun adventures.


 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Loving Wednesdays


This shark was playing hide-and-seek with me this morning, swimming in and out of coral heads along the way.

I also saw lots of turtles, including the rare Hawksbill (last photo).

I'm LOVING my Wednesday morning ocean swims.


 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Reflective Swim


What an exquisite morning for an ocean swim. We saw loads of green sea turtles and a most unusual Tiger Moray eel. We were also enjoying the reflections off the underside of the glassy surface.

Click HERE for more photos from our Sunday swim adventure.


 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Still Quiet


There still aren't many people on the beach. That may all change after the quarantine is conditionally lifted for tourists on September first. We shall see...