Sunday, February 7, 2016


Sproing and there it was. the birds are chirping, flowers are growing and the temperatures are almost too warm to use the wood stove all of a sudden... Hope Mother Nature doesn't pull a fast one and clobber us with three feet of snow before Winter actually over!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shooting a Pro

Even though we didn't get much snorkeling time this last trip to Maui because of the high surf it did bring out the surfers in droves.

As luck would have it, Aaron and I were driving around the north end of Maui looking for photographic opportunities and stopped where some surfers were to take some photos.

We met a professional videographer that was filming the surfers and he gave us the run down of  who was in the water.

One of those surfers was Bethany Hamilton-Dirks, a world class and world famous surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack about 12 years ago.

I have to say she is truly an inspiration for pushing through hardships and getting on with your life.

From Wikipedia;

On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder. The Blanchards helped paddle her back to shore, then Alana's father fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash and wrapped it around the stump of her arm. She was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. By the time she arrived there she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolemic shock. A doctor living in a hotel nearby raced to the rescue. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that morning, was already there, but she took his place in the operating room. She spent a week in recovery before being released. During subsequent media interviews, she confirmed that she felt normal when she was bitten and did not feel much pain from the bite at the moment of the disaster, but felt numb on the way to the hospital.

When the news broke out of the shark attack, a family of fishermen led by Ralph Young presented to investigators photos of a 14-foot-long tiger shark they had caught and killed about one mile from the attack site. It had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements of its mouth were compared with those of Hamilton's broken board, it matched. In late 2004, the police officially confirmed that it was the one that attacked her.

Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board.

Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum.

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's a rainbow!

A rainbow eucalyptus tree that is.

Just something else you find along the long and windy road to Hana on Maui.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sunrise on Olowalu Beach

I'm more of a sunset kind of guy, mainly because I don't want to have to get up early for the sunrise but in this case I was already up.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My version...

...of Aaron's lighthouse.

This sits on McGregor Point on Maui. It's a great place to sit and watch for whales as long as you don't need to be very close to the whales.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A tree and some rocks...

,,,and a few birds too.

Seeing Green

Just part of a really big leaf I found near one of the waterfalls along the road to Hana.

The sun was shining behind it and I thought it looked different so I took a photo.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dive, Dive, Dive

A few honu that I photographed while scuba diving the Mala ramp in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Prepare to dive!

I wasn't in the water much this trip. We had high surf most of the trip which made the water less than ideal for snorkeling. The surfers were going crazy but I didn't get a chance to take many underwater photos.

This is just as I was going under the surface with a wave breaking over my head.

It's a little weird but then again, so am I.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stilts on the moon

Okay, you got me. I wasn't actually on the moon. I wasn't wearing stilts either!

I was close to the top of the world though. Aaron and I went to the top of Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakala, to shoot the sunset and some star photos one very long day/night. Because the volcano is so tall, 10,023 feet at the summit, it makes the shadows very long since you are parallel to the sun as it sets.

If you are at the top of the volcano at sunset you can actually see the shadow cast by the volcano on the opposite side of the island and it's a BIG shadow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More waterfalls

Just a couple of more waterfalls from along the road to Hana on Maui.