Nov 4, 2008

Honu confessions

I've become addicted to a morning activity here on Maui. Before turning on the news or reading the paper I feel compelled to watch the turtles surf the reef outside. Coffee cup in hand, I check on water clarity from the lanai before walking 25 steps to a better vantage point at the end of the building. From there I look straight down onto the reef and some days (like today) can count 8 - 10 of my friends enjoying their breakfast.

The Green Sea Turtle (aka "Honu" in Hawaiian) isn't particuarily interesting when seen from above as my photo from this morning illustrates all too well. But take a look at one from the perspective of a fish and you may understand why watching these silent graceful creatures helps offset the cacophony of the morning's news.

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