Archive for February, 2012

Sun Rays and Sunsets over the West Maui Mountains

For only a few days, twice a year, does the sun set in the Iao Valley when viewed from Maui’s North Shore. Its that time of year right now, and although the clouds were, as usual, covering the peaks of the West Mauis,    the suns rays still shone out through the gaps in the clouds,like light shining through cracks in a wall, creating a spectacular sight and beautiful light.

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And then there were three.

The first time a crossed this tiny stony beach a huge boulder startled me because it began to move. It was a large green turtle calmly returning the to water. I quickly tried to dig out my little Canon Ixus camera, by which time it had virtually vanished from sight amongst the rocks and boulders in the shallow bay.  About an hour later, on my return to the car I had to pass by the same little beach again, this time I looked ahead incase the green turtle had maybe returned. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were now three turtles, fast asleep, resting just above the waters edge. Trying to pass them quietly didn’t even cause them to bat an eyelid. So I slowly crouched down infront of all three – as far back as the tiny beach would allow and snapped a few pictures.. What a precious moment. Best of all was that I could walk away without having even woken them.

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Puunene Sugar Mill on a cloudless Maui day

It was a wonderfully clear Maui day today. There was a gentle breeze but it wasn’t coming from the normal tradewinds direction. The West Maui Mountain horizon is usually cloudy, but todays wind direction must have blown all the clouds away. Passing by the Pu’unene sugar mill today the mountains seemed so close. So I parked in a side turning, dug out my little IXUS camera, and snapped it..