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These photos were captured from a small prop aircraft in 2010. Most have remained in my archives because then I did not know how to extract an image from the hazy mess I saw on my monitor. The first four were the flight from Nadi to Taveuni, the next four were from the return trip. The fare was US$250. The Fijians earn about US$200 per month. A bartender in Nadi said it took him 3 weeks on a fishing boat to get there from Taveuni as there was no alternative transportation. He had not been home in over 10 years.
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Fiji is all about the sky. First one must spend many hours in the sky to get there from nearly anywhere except Australia. Those flights yielded some wonderful sunsets in the clouds. Travel between the islands is by light aircraft so I captured landscapes from the sky. On the ground or the sea clouds form in a most beautiful way. I did some of the best scuba diving ever there, but I don’t shoot under water. The dive guides are seated facing the camera in the group of Fijians.
After a stop in Honolulu and changing planes in Guam, we landed in Fiji and were picked up at the airport in Nadi for a three hour drive to our hotel. After a few days there we returned to Nadi and flew to the remote island of Taveuni for another week of diving. To get home we had to reverse the process. The tickets were a steal at $1,100. I don’t think I could get there for twice the price today.