I’d Rather Be In Fiji
We found ourselves in the fortunate position of having more than one beautiful image for our January/February cover. Penn State professor Jeremy Cohen has dived in some of the most exotic places in the world and was willing to share his gorgeous underwater images with us. As a staff we were torn over which image to put on the cover — do we play it safe with a cute clownfish, or do we get up close to a more unusual-looking bigfin reef squid?
Some of us loved the yellow clownfish and his warm, colorful reef world, but wondered if the image was exotic enough. Others were fascinated by the painterly quality of the squid but worried that readers wouldn’t want to ring in the new year face-to-face with a strange creature. (I seem to recall the word “gross” tossed around the art department.) As for me, I’ll admit I can’t resist the opportunity to use a purple logo on the cover.
The spectacularly colorful squid won out, and so far, all the feedback has been positive, but we thought you’d like to see the other contender. Either way, we hope we provided you with a distraction from winter’s chill — and maybe a little dream of Fiji…
Carole Otypka, art director