We love waking up in Maui. We look outside immediately, while we're still half asleep, dreaming awake with a cup of coffee in our hands. We check the weather, the surf, the smells on the breeze, the sound of birds...it's early quiet and we can hear nature.
The breeze swaying in palms. Doves cooing, a different dove than we're used to on the mainland. Not such a soft sound, but pleasant to our ears. It might be raining, usually just a drizzle. It doesn't matter. Rain produces rainbows and seems never to last long enough to spoil anything. Always there are clouds rimming Molokai and floating across the sky and water in towering masses. We take a few steps out to the beach, feeling the anticipation of finding something new. Are there whales out there? Sea turtles bobbing in the water? Sailboats drifting by, or something larger. A cruise ship, maybe? We may run back to grab the camera. The day stretches ahead, young, fresh and full of potential for other kinds of fun, but the morning is something we want to capture and hold onto. Most of the photos we take are in the morning. Most of our best days start like this.