This summer has been full of adventure. And I couldn’t be a more lucky girl for the people I meet and the things I get to see and do.
Yesterday, I was on Saturna Island, photographing their stunning vineyard and winery. It is a site to see like no other: overlooking the ocean, surrounded by rock cliffs and hills and beautiful old oaks.
Danny, the resident winemaker is from S. Africa. He has a deep seated passion for Canada. And more so for BC. And more so for the islands. And mostly, for the nature that surrounds him. Danny closes his eyes and takes a deep breath of the musky evening air through his nose. He opens his eyes. And looks at me. And smiling, he says: “Just smell that”. In the very short time that I got to know him, it seems to me that this is very much who Danny is.
As the evening progressed and I got to know him a bit better, it doesn’t seem so odd that he suggest we drive up to the tower, and ‘hike a goat’s trail’ to the edge to see the vineyard from a higher vantage point.
Sure, I thought. I can hike. With my gear. And so I’m wearing flip flops. No big deal. It can’t be that bad. Let’s do it.
I’m not sure if I can exactly portray the grade we were hiking. It’s often hard to capture in a photo. Suffice it to say, I slid down on my bum a lot. And it wasn’t so easy to stop. And on the way up, hands AND feet were required. And so was Danny’s help. A lot. And the flip flops had to go. They were doing me no good. I went most of the way barefoot and I laughed when Danny asked, as he skipped along ahead of me, what my most adventurous photo shoot was. (never laugh too heartily on a cliff side. I learned this.)
I just know he’s going to read this and chuckle at me. He is as able on this cliff side as the goats we saw perching there. (which I didn’t capture due to the balance issues that come with mounting a 70-200 on ones camera whilst teetering on a cliff. You understand.)
I know that I am one to take risks to get the shot. I love taking risks (in certain areas of life). It’s scary and exciting and exhilarating. And I often don’t connect to what I’m doing until it’s over. And…I never realized I was afraid of heights.
I didn’t sleep well last night though. My foot kept slipping in my dreams. :)
I can’t share the winery shots with you just yet, but here is part of what we saw.
Danny. Thank you! For suggesting this. There is no way I could have taken your map and done this without you! Enjoy your wine as you skip up here after work on a regular basis. After all, this is one of the easy trails, right? Right.