Monday, August 10, 2020

Big Octopus Swim


Yesterday, the Maui Pink Cap swimmers discovered the biggest octopus I've ever seen. It was bold, too and seemed to have no interest in hiding.

The water was clear and warm, a perfect morning to spend in the ocean.

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


 

Friday, August 7, 2020

In the Trees


The large number of feral cats in our neighborhood have been increasing by leaps and bounds, especially during the pandemic. This was the first time I noticed them gathering in the trees.

I have always enjoyed the nautical theme of this house just down the street.

And our Starfruit tree is GOING OFF. Many of its branches are bent nearly to the ground under the weight.


 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Current Hangers



Three Spotted Eagle Rays were hanging in the current this morning and didn't seem to mind my presence at all.

I am so happy being able to get out in the ocean on Wednesday mornings. What a treat.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Puzzling


The pandemic has found us (well, mostly Doug) attempting to correctly assemble jigsaw puzzles. He was zooming through the neighbor's puzzles so quickly that I decided to purchase some that were a bit more challenging. They only slowed him a little and now it's time to look for a new challenge. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Happy Birthday, Anne



Some of Maui's Pink Cap swimmers and lots of critters gathered this morning to wish Anne a Happy Birthday.

Click HERE for more photos from our Sunday ocean swim.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Spectacular Green



This was one of the most colorful crab molts I've ever seen. The green was spectacular.

I've never noticed so many sea grapes ever before.

The tide was lower than usual and the number of spiny sea urchins was staggering.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Very Friendly Hawksbill



Hooray. I got to swim in the ocean this morning. I am thrilled.

I encountered lots of turtles, most of them young and small.

But the best part was the endangered Hawksbill turtle which swam right up to me to check me out (top and bottom photo). Great day.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Yin and Yang


The sky was trippy after sunset after the hurricane yesterday. It was divided in two, dark and light, for no discernible reason. Far out, man.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Batten Down the Hatches


 Only three of us showed up for the weekly Maui Pink Cap ocean swim this morning. Everyone else was battening down the hatches in preparation for the arrival tomorrow of hurricane Douglas. I had already brought everything inside, filled my coolers with water and charged my batteries. Bring on the storm.

Conditions were exquisite and we saw lots and lots of green sea turtles.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Warmed Up


The ocean was unusually calm for afternoon in Makena, so I went for a brief swim yesterday.

The water has definitely warmed up (hooray!) and it was great seeing my turtle friends once again.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Mixing it Up


Tired of the confines of lockdown, Maui's Pink Cap swimmers headed up to Napili Bay in search of the Cliff House yesterday.

Even though we were still on Maui, it all seemed so different. It was fun mixing things up.

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



Saturday, July 18, 2020

Not Us


Certain exercise groups do not believe that the pandemic applies to them.

Interesting tree by the church just down the street from me.

View near my house.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Into the Woods


Maui's Pink Cap swimmers opted to avoid the risk of getting stung by Box Jellyfish this Sunday, and hiked through the Makawao Forest Reserve instead.

The top photo is a carefully put together composite of multiple photos in which all non-couples were safely distant from each other.

I keep forgetting how many different magical places we have on Maui. Maui no ka oi.


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Smokey Skies


Yesterday's big brush fire helped the afternoon sun create some glorious angel rays.


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Night and Day


I am confined to getting most of my exercise in the evenings these days. The views across the ocean are far more dramatic with the sun glaring off the water and lots of heat clouds; not like this morning with lots of glorious color.

Yesterday, Doug and I ventured up the mountain to hike in the rare treat of a cool deciduous forest. Yes, I love being surrounded by palm trees, warmth and sunshine; but walking through a chilly mist brought fond memories of growing up in the midwest.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Love in New Times


The big birthday gift this year seems to be the covid-19 mask. Carl and Kim, who have been married forever, happen to have the same birthday and were given matching masks for their solstice birthday celebration.

Doug and I walked south along the shore Saturday instead of my usual northerly stroll.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Brief Foray


It feels like I have not been in the ocean in ages.

It is early winter down near New Zealand and their winter storms bring big waves on our south shores - which translates to murky waters. But clarity was good enough yesterday for at least a brief foray into the ocean.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Mailboxes


I always thought we had rather nice mailboxes here in Makena, so on my most recent walk I took this series of photographs of our mailboxes.