Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rainbows

Who doesn't love a rainbow?! These two images have been through post. Compare the second one, to the first image in my last blog. The unedited version of the same photo.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whale Watch




Enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with the family today. We saw probably close to two dozen whales, and were even treated to a show by some spinner dolphins. Despite the great number of Humpback sightings, we were not privy to any breaches. But I guess you can't complain when you have sunshine, whales, dolphins, rainbows, and family. Nope. No complaints here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Not A Good Day...



For the Pacific Maid, that is. We had some inclement weather (for Maui) recently: wind, rain, and swell. Pacific Maid was one of at least three boats that broke off their moorings and washed up ashore. This one was right along the highway and drew quite a crowd of onlookers and passerby. I was able to avoid the people by getting my butt outta bed, but I too felt this stranded boat required the attention of my lens.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You Never Know What You Might Find

So today we decided to take a drive up north (on the west side). It is such an amazing road, and it only takes about 20 minutes from the house before you hit real scenic country. Big ocean views, rugged coast line, and today, this (see photo). We rounded a bend in the road, looked over, and went, "What the...?!" So I pulled over to take a closer look. Someone had a successful hunting trip and bagged a rather large boar. There are wild boar on Maui and hunting them is common. I dont know how common it is to put the carcass on a large rock on the side of the road. This is the first time I have witnessed this. We were trying to figure out if it was left there simply to dry out and the hunter would return to claim it, or if it was placed there for shock value to passing tourists. I am kind of leaning towards the latter. Now, I am no expert, but best I could tell this was a very large animal. Large enough that I dont think I would have wanted to cross paths with it while on our hike today.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Surf!

Another phone pic. We just had an incredible south swell here on Maui, and of course I was working for the first couple of days it hit. Then I was party planning for my son's 2nd birthday party (which was a ton of fun, by the way), on the third day of the swell. I finally got out to surf today, which despite the waves being small, was absolutely awesome! No leash. Nobody out. Well, thats a lie. There were two others out, but I had my pick of the waves. Felt SOOOOO good to be in the water! Even though I live on Maui, and can see the ocean from my house, I sometimes get caught up in the day to day and so it is nice to take a time out and go re- familiarize myself with this beautiful ocean that surrounds me.
This picture is of the surf during the big swell (10-12 ft.), and has absolutely nothing to do with me surfing today...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Esmerelda

Took this photo with my phone today. This boat is absolutely beautiful. It belongs to the Chilean Navy, Armada de Chile. Esmerelda, as the boat is named, is currently parked outside Lahaina Harbor. I am not positive on this, but I believe the ship stops off on Maui annually. This ship is massive, probably close to 500 feet. It is a magnificent vessel. I would love to take a tour of this thing...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Joshua Tree


I was just looking through some images I took when my dad and I hiked in Joshua Tree back in April. It was the first time either of us had been to Joshua Tree and we were both quite pleasantly surprised with the park. It turned out to be more beautiful than either of us had imagined, as I hope is demonstrated with the images shown here.
The first photo is of a Joshua tree. I had some images that showed huge groves of these trees, but liked the way this image sort of showcased this unusual specimen.
The second image is of an unknown (at least to me) plant, but I was amazed at how closely it resembles a silversword. Silverswords are found only on Haleakala, here on Maui.
The last image I took with a fish eye lens. I kind of like how it gives a feeling of being at the edge of the world...or maybe the top of the world. I know that any time dad and I are able to get together and hike and share views like this, I definitely feel "on top of the world!"