Archive for March, 2013

Whales have a massive muscle in their tail called the peduncle muscle, which is thought to be one of the strongest and largest muscles in the animal kingdom. I had a wonderful demonstration of this muscle in  full action recently …


IMG_7702-fbWindsurfers were out at Hookipa today, for the first time in a while. Its been a windless couple of weeks, and finally the trades kicked back in. Light Trade winds I hasten to add and also a little more from the east than usual but that did not matter. The waves were big and smooth, and the windsurfers could not resist..



The humpback whales will be departing Hawaii again soon for a summer of fattening up in Alaska’s rich feeding grounds of krill, only to come back next winter to give birth and mate and start their cycle all over again. The shallow waters of Hawaii are warm and safe for their newborn. After all the females have given birth the ocean begins to get turbulent from the male competition pods as they chase their potential partners, pushing the other male competitors aggressively out of the way. The competition pods are exiting to watch but most of the action is below water level. I’ve been getting out on the water, on as many whale trips as I possibly can, with my camera and a big lens…  before they are all gone… I Still need to plough through lots and lots of photos, but here are a few to start with…


 This mother humpback whale was on one side of the zodiac when she slowly submerged like a submarine and glided underneath with her calf, only to surface on the other side shortly after. Then she hunched her back and decided to dive deep, providing my camera with a great tail on view of her fluke as she went down.

IMG_6440_1_timeline-fb-fbMama, Papa and baby humpback whales. They had circled around for a while before finally grouping tightly together and swam off into the distance.

And below, one of my last shots of the day, almost as if this mother Humpback whale was waving us goodbye…




Sleepy Blonde Bumble Bee, Maui, Hawaii

This sleepy insect, a Blonde Bumble Bee wasn’t quite awake yet when I spotted it hiding in the flowers, in a garden in Maui, Hawaii the other day. Wildlife in Maui can be found even when not looking for it… Luckily I had my Macro Lens, Tripod and bits to hand and had time to photograph this furry beast before it started to get hungry and start foraging..  Its been said that these bumble bees become black when they are a few days old, but I haven’t had a chance to research this for myself yet…