Walk in the Rain around Rainbow Shower; Visit to “Lumberjack Yoga” Site

RAINBOW SHOWER, Maui, July 20 – I was awakened this morning by a loud crack of thunder. It must have hit somewhere very close to the Rainbow Shower (name of our property on Maui).Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 9.07.49 AM

Lightning and thunder and very rare in the Hawaiian islands. I can recall maybe twice in the last six years that they visited the Rainbow Shower.

I got up to see the storm. Heavy rain was coming down with strong winds from the northwest. That was also unusual. Most of the time, our winds come from the northeast, the “trade winds,” as people call them.

The power was out. That is (unfortunately) not unusual around here. 

So I squeezed the lemon and made lemonade. Meaning, I sat down at my Steinway and made music. Elizabeth later said it was a wonderful way for her to wake up. 

And now, here are the high and low pictures of this tropical storm. The high is the radar image. The low is the actual shot I took from our lanai (deck) at 7:47AM.

The power is now obviously back. And so is the Internet. Which is why you are able to see and read this.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Memories of “Flossie”

Watching the storm this morning, one could not help but remember “Flossie,” a tropical storm whose eye passed right over the Rainbow Shower nearly a year ago (see “Flossie: In the Eye of the Storm“).

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I found it interesting, looking at that story now, that almost exactly the same thing happened. The power went out. I sat down to play at my Steinway. And the Serbian waltz “Divan je kiceni Srem” came out.  Today, it was the “Blue Danube,” also a famous waltz.

I was not conscious of this “coincidence” until just now. So what does it mean? Is “waltzing in the rain” the Spirit’s message here? The rhythm of the storm is a three-beat dance, like a waltz? Hm…

Anyway, around 10:15, I took my shirt off and went out for a walk around the Rainbow Shower to see if there was any storm damage. It was still raining. In fact, it still is now – 11:40AM. But it is a light rain with very little wind. The eye of the storm has obviously passed.

I found out that there was very little damage. Virtually none in terms of broken tree limbs. But I was pleasantly surprised to see our Namaka Creek running again.  Not even Flossie was able to reawaken it like that in the middle of summer.

As is the case every summer, our seasonal creek had dried up about three weeks ago.  It was lovely to listen to its music once again this morning.

Here, join me for a walk in the rain around the Rainbow Shower…

Photo Album from My Walk Around Rainbow Shower (10:30AM)

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“Lumberjack Yoga” Site

And now, take a look at this panorama shot of the site where I practiced “lumberjack yoga” about a week or so ago (see Lumberjack Yoga; Life for a Life, Palm for a Palm, July 13).

IMG_1991Of course, I added the female yogi to the scene just to give you a perspective of the size of the trees I was battling. 🙂


Did I Say Storm Had Passed Over Us? 🙂

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 1.37.57 PMHm… maybe not.  Like a bad cold, the storm keeps coming back. We seem to have now lost even a 10,000-ft mountain. 🙂

Let’s take another look at the Rainbow Shower a little after 1PM today…


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A 10,000-ft mountain: Now you see it, now you don’t…

The day after the big storm: Steam bath. That’s the best way to describe the weather today. Florida weather, a sauna, as a neighbor just put it. Even just sitting in my office chair and typing this message leads to perspiration.

Which is good news, I suppose. For, as Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” (1847-1931).

So at least for a day, we are all geniuses here on Maui. 🙂

IMG_1994Meanwhile, another bit of good news this morning was that we’ve got our mountain back.  (Remember… Haleakala is a 10,000-ft mountain which we lost yesterday during the storm – right).


But wait a minute. I just went out to double check on that, and the

IMG_2003mountain is gone again. This time, it is the high humidity that’s hiding it from view (right).

Oh well, it was nice having it back at least for a few hours this morning. 🙂

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