Monday, 15 December 2008

Yoga - Forgotton how much I love it !!!


Well, I had forgotten how much I love Yoga classes, especially in Maui.  I went on Sunday morning and it was as good as it can possibly ever get. What a workout. I loved it... Jennifer's classes are the best... click on this link to check out Yoga with Jennifer Lynn

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Humpback Whales have returned to Maui's North Shore Ho'okipa (from Alaska).

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Well at last, humpback whales have arrived in Maui from Alaska to give birth and mate, I saw some yesterday at 4pm from the cliff tops at Ho'okipa. The first ones this winter since returning to Maui in November. I saw about 5 breaches, and it was great to see them again. I just happened to spot the huge breach splashes while running along the diff tops for a little exercise during these recent windless days in Maui. Here are a few pictures I took last year of a whale breaching during the best ever whale watching trip on the sailing boat Scotch Mist II which sails from Lahaina...A true Whale Tail   Maui's South shore historical whaling town.






*** For more information on Humpback Whales and their annual migration to Hawaii go to the Pacific Whale Foundation's web site

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Ke'anae Peninsula, Hana Highway, Maui North Shore, Hawaii

After an hours drive on the Hana Highway,  we arrived at Keanae Peninsula, a favourite quiet location on Maui's North Shore. Not only beautiful scenery, but some lovely wildlife too,  in the form of a dragonfly.

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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Waiting for Rescue, Had a puncture...

So, Took some MORE photos of windsurfers and Kite surfers at Ho'okipa on ANOTHER windy and wavy day in Maui.  The waves have been big for many days now, so i couldnt resist coming to the beach for another photo shoot.

I stopped at the top of the road to Hookipa  because the view and the lighting on the waves from up there was lovely.. I then decided to move on and park down in the main car park to sit on the cliffs at the far side, BUT couldn't. I had a puncture. The tyre was SO flat i couldnt even move the car anywhere, so waited for rescue from Bino and Dave. I didnt even try to change the tyre myself because the car was on the slope and i couldnt move the car without at least trying to pump the tyre to roll down to the flat.   Dave and Bino came to the rescue, with a battery operated tyre pump which did the trick, at least to get the car to level ground..  the valve was damaged, so the air didnt stay in long.. Well, at least i made myself useful - keeping out of the way and taking more pics while Dave put on the spare tyre - on level ground.....

Thanks Bino and Dave...

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Saturday, 6 December 2008

BIG WAVE week at Hookipa in Maui

ITs been a good week at Hookipa for the surfers and photographers, The waves have been big and the scenery very pretty with lovely lighting in the evenings for some nice pictures of the waves, sky and action.

Here are some photos to summarise a pretty week on Maui. Egrets and Cows love it there too.


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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Wedge Tailed Shearwater - Successful Release from Ho'okipa

A happy ending...

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UPDATE to Friday's posting 'SAVE OUR SHEARWATER'

Well what a result!!! I checked in with Kahului Wildlife Rescue today who proudly informed me that the Shearwater I rescued on Friday has been ringed and was successfully released back into the wild later that same day as it had quickly showed great signs of improvement and seemed ready and willing and able to return back to the oceans of Hawaii.... It was returned and released from Hookipa (where I rescued it from certain drowning in the shorebreak) to ensure that it would return to familiar territory just in time for dinner

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Photos of Jaws and its resident White Tailed Tropic Bird

I could see Jaws breaking in the distance and at the same time I was  being checked out by a curious circling tropic bird. Jaws in Maui was biting today! (Thats the wave break on Maui's North Shore), but there were no surfers surfing on the waves today. 
I Arrived at a cliff top to view Jaws from afar, an unusual vantage point I must admit, when just checking out over the edge of the cliff, out of the blue,  this white tailed tropicbird appeared in front of our eyes, drifting up from the cliff face below us. He circled around us for a short while checking us out and then it was then gone!! Luckily I was quick with my camera and snapped a few pictures.
Check out the Slideshow for more photos of the waves at Jaws today and the graceful white tailed tropic bird. Its all happening in Maui.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Maui Hookipa BIG surf Big Wipeouts - surfers paradise

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-- Friday 29th November was forcast to be the biggest break of the season, dont know if it measured up to that but they seemed pretty big when viewing them from Hookipa's grassy clifftops just before sunset. There were lots of surfers and lots of wipeouts. The waves have been building all day, and by sunset the waves looked like lots of fun, for the surfers anyway..

Save our Shearwater

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I arrived at Hookipa beach (Maui) about 11am for a chillout on the beach. Pulling into the parking space I could see the shorebreak and a sea bird struggling to get lift off the lip of each wave. Airborne for just a few seconds each time, it was obviously in trouble as the waves were bringing it ever closer to the rocks on the beach. I hurried down towards it by which time it had just been tumbled right up onto the beach, getting battered by each new wave coming up over it.. I rushed forward and rescued it covering it with my beach towel straight away to avoid stressing it out even more than it already was. It turned out to be a Wedge Tailed Shearwater. Many efforts are made conservation teams to protect these birds.

I made a makeshift burrow out of a beach towel for the Shearwater, in which it seemed very calm and comfortable while it dried its feathers, rested and preened... After an hour or so, it still wasn't showing any signs of gaining strength, so I called bird rescue at Haleakala National Park who work with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources. Stepfanie, a trained bird rescuer arrive promply at Hookipa beach to collect the resting shearwater. She took it back to base (in Kahului) to ring it and care for it until it is strong enough and fully rested for its release again into the wild oceans .... She confirmed what I recognised to be a healthy juvenile, probably recently left its breeding grounds, which had most likely become confused by the lights of the city at night and come too close to land and exhausted itself trying to lift off from and escape from the high battering shorebreaks. She reassured me was showing all signs of being able to make a full and speedy recovery after a little more rest at the rescue center, after which it would be released back to the wild oceans of Maui.

Follow this blog for further information as Stephanie has agreed to inform me of its recovery and release in the near future.

More information about the Wedge Tailed Shearwater
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Hawaii's Species of Greatest Conservation Need

WHAT to DO if you find a grounded seabird in Hawaii (TEXT taken from State Division of Forestry and Wildlife document - )

Each year Haleakala National Park and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources cooperate to recover these seabirds. The public can also play an important role in assisting and protecting these native birds.
What to do if a grounded seabird is seen?
1. Protect it from hazards such as cars, dogs and cats. Place it in a covered, well-ventilated cardboard box and keep it in a cool or shaded place. Do not give it food or water. Be careful when handling the bird. It may bite.
2. Immediately call Haleakala National Park at 264-5317 (Resources Management cell phone) anytime; or State Division of Forestry and Wildlife at 984-8100, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours please
call the NON-EMERGENCY Police Dispatch (Maui: 244-6400, Molokai 553-5355, Lanai 565-6428) Please provide your name, phone number, when and where the bird was found and any other pertinent information. Messages are checked regularly.
3. Do not release the seabird by yourself. Trained wildlife specialists will inspect the bird for injuries, and release it safely.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Still overweight and still 15lb

One week later : Perhaps a more flattering photo, but he is still a very heavy cat.. The diet is not doing any good yet! Where is he getting his extra meals from I wonder...

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Maui - Week 3 Photos

Lady Katie, too cold for a dip - Not!!!
Just a cool Sunday morning on Tavares beach !!!

Guinness (because he's black and white and very sleepy ) - A very Fat but Happy Cat, on a strict Diet, 15lb and counting (Down I hope!)

Monday, 17 November 2008

Maui - Week 2 Slideshow

WEEK 2 - It's been sunny, windy and it has rained, BUT it isnt COLD...

A couple of hot, windless days resulted in visits to the Haleakala summit and a drive around it to views of the South Side. Click PLAY SLIDESHOW to see a slideshow.

Got back on the windsurfer today, not quite windy enough, but good excercise!


Sunday, 23 March 2008

New Art Gallery added to my website

New Gallery added to my site Click Here

I have updated my website,  lots of lovely new photos have been added, and now you can buy prints too using Paypal.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Male Pheasant

Cock Pheasant
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
Looking grand and ready for the breeding season. What a handsome fellow.

Hambledon in Spring

Hambledon in Spring
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
I walk in the Surrey countryside, got me this picture. Pretty soon all those sheep are going to be lambing

Jenny Wren - Spring is here

Jenny Wren - Spring is here
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
This cute little wren visits me every day, and waits for me to open the door to put her out some mealworms. I know its a she, because she had babies last year and got so tame while raising them.. So she is back, and getting ready for another busy year

Maui, Lahaina Sunset

Maui, Lahaina Sunset
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
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Maui Puffer fish

Maui Puffer fish
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
Its all about ME -

Heres looking at you kid!

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Maui, North Shore Sunset

View from the house in Maui

Closeup Seashell

Its all about me in a spin

Maui Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

Maui Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
visit Maui Humuhumunukunukuapua'a on Flickr
A visit to the Maui Aquarium resulted in this photo of the State fish of Hawaii

Funny Face

Funny Face
Funny Face,
originally uploaded by Anita Harris.
A face of seashells on the seashore

Maui, Kanaha Rainbow

Maui, Kanaha Rainbow
Originally uploaded by Anita Harris
Windsurfing in Maui - The NO 1 thing to do!