Monday, May 25, 2020

No Bubbles


In what was a more challenging feat that we had expected, the fun group held their breaths, swam up to the birthday girl, then swam away without any air bubbles escaping. Nicely done, everybody!


Friday, May 22, 2020

Same Old


Just another day on Maui.

Same old flowers, same old sunsets. Thank goodness!


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Really That Long


It's great seeing people out enjoying Maui's beaches once again.

Shower trees are just coming into bloom for the summer.

Have the resorts really be closed that long?


Monday, May 18, 2020

Patti's Birthday Swim

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Many of Maui's Pink Cap swimmers and Triathletes materialized at the same beach yesterday for a lovely ocean swim.

Click HERE for a few more photos of our Sunday adventure.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Anybody Know


Lots of different varieties of Plumeria are in bloom right now, but these in the top photo are my favorite. Anybody know the variety?


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Angels


Heaven must be extra busy because we've been seeing lots of Angel Rays during recent sunsets.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Spelunking Sunday

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I got to see a whole bunch of Maui's Pink Caps while out swimming Sunday. In fact they all followed me into a big secret cave, which is invisible from the outside and can only be reached by swimming. Fortunately, the cave was big enough to accommodate all ten of us while keeping more than six feet apart.

It felt great to be swimming again.

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

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Gone to Seed


The end of April here on Maui reminds me of August in the Midwest where I grew up. Temperatures are back in the eighties and the field grasses are gone to seed and glowing golden.

Sunsets have not disappointed recently.


Monday, April 27, 2020

Birthday non-Gathering

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Social Distancing is becoming an art form. This morning several of Maui's Pink Cap swimmers did not gather, but headed to the beach separately for a series of family grouping and individual swims.

The traditional Birthday Lei was delivered via a six-foot pole. And I got photos of almost everyone as they swam past me.

Click HERE for photos of almost the entire group and more...

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Drop Off


Thank goodness we're still allowed to go for walks outside, and that we have such great places to walk.

Here is what a banana flower looks like when it first begins to open. The reddish flower petals will drop off leaving just the fruit hanging from the central stalk.


Friday, April 17, 2020

Eveningly


Here we are at our daily (eveningly?) sunset viewing. Rough life, huh?

After the golden glow of sunset itself, the sky gradually transitions to a vibrant crimson.

Unfortunately, the camera never seems to be able to capture the intense color of the yellow shower trees.


Thursday, April 16, 2020

On the Move


 It's unusual to see a Moray Eel out away from the reef, but this big one was freely swimming yesterday evening.

I only saw one turtle my whole swim, but saw a Flounder as well. When a flounder settles onto the sand it is almost invisible, I was lucky that this one decided to move at just the right moment.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Topple Over


Kiawe trees are not meant to stand. Once they reach a certain size they topple over - but they do keep growing. This double trunk kiawe at Kam I recently gave in to gravity and, heaven forbid, blocked the walking path. No need to panic, there was a way around it.

The middle photo is how Doug and I spend almost every evening.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Exact Same Spot


Doug dragged me out into the ocean yesterday, and am I ever glad he did.

Besides all the usual turtles and fishies, I met a friendly Spotted Eagle Ray who was getting cleaned at the exact same spot as the Manta Ray last week. Fun, fun, fun.


Friday, April 10, 2020

They Hurt


I'm glad I didn't swim yesterday because I saw lots of Man of War jellyfish washed up on shore, and boy oh boy do their stings hurt!

We had exactly the right amount of clouds yester'eve for a magnificent sunset.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Immersion


I finally got in a decent swim yesterday after work; it has been way tooooooo long.

And, lucky me, a friendly Manta Ray swam up to me - over and over.

All too often I look at the ocean and say, "Not today." Yet, when I do immerse myself in the water I am always glad that I got in.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Charades and Trivia


Monday I attended my second virtual birthday party since the lockdown, and this one was just as much fun as the first. We attempted to play "Charades" and were amazingly good at solving the clues. The trivia game we played next seemed to work much better in this format.

Yesterday's walk saw even fewer people out and about.