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At the start of 2019 this month's photo has a double role. It is a way of saying Happy New Year to everyone and a reminder of a truly glorious place - Fatboys in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Nowhere in the world have I been more alive to the effects of light and water. It was partly because in this part of the Pacific there was often no wind and almost no swell, so the ocean surface often carried a perfect reflection. It was also the rainy season in December and the sky routinely hosted a great procession of cumulo-nimbus storm clouds. Any combination of these elements could produce mesmerising effects, and here's just one example. Dawn at Fatboy's.
© Mark Cocker 2019