Maui, Hawaii Archives

The rare Ae’o – The Hawaiian stilts are breeding in ponds right beside the roadsides in Maui. The parents to this little one are very tame as they are used to passers-by. Parking on the roadside and using my car as hide I was simply wanting to photograph the two adults from a close vantage point, without them being nervous of my presence. I didn’t realise they were parents for quite a while – not until the little one materialised out of nowhere !  what a bonus!!!

 

I’ve been invited to showcase a selection of my images at the Maui Camera Club meeting on Monday evening. These are the 115 I have selected.

The images selected are to open discussions about photography in different topics – mainly in the world of Macro, sport and wildlife photography. From breaching whales, flying jets at air shows, flying Hawaiian stilts, monkeys, Maui waves, windsurfing, surfing and Huge huge waves. And did I mention sport photography at the 2012 London Olympics? – yep that too!

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 …

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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..

 

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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…

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