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Barefoot on a Goat’s Path

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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.

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  • Brian - August 18, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    When I look at this picture and others on your site, it doesn’t feel as if I am looking through a lens. It feels like I am remembering a moment I experienced. Your pictures aren’t an artists interpretation of a moment as much as they are you showing us what it would have been like to be standing on this mountain overlooking the peninsula.
    I looked at the last one and took in every mountain scape and felt the depth of the distance between their peaks and how the water seemed to move across my computer screen.
    I can almost say I have stood precariously on this slope and enjoyed this with you.

  • Julie - August 18, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    incredible shots, Rebecca!!! Truly amazing. I haven’t been to Saturna in years, but I remember goat paths and vistas. You capture it all perfectly.

  • Avril - August 19, 2010 - 10:11 am

    great shots Rebecca – I love reading your blog – great for my eyes and my soul :)

  • Vee - August 19, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Stunning and breathtaking don’t even begin to describe what you’ve captured here! Thank you for sharing talented goat-like friend!

  • Carol-Lynn - August 19, 2010 - 10:18 am

    goose bumps ♥

  • Kristeva Dowling - August 19, 2010 - 12:59 pm

    Awe, I wanna see the goats! Such is my penchant.


  • ruth - August 19, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    I was listening to ‘Hallelujah” by k.d.lang while I looked at your pictures…the last one caught my breath and brought tears to my eyes. Simply beautiful! The song was a fitting accompaniment.

  • Terry McKaig - August 20, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Beautiful images Rebecca and what a fun adventure!! Nothing like seeing things from a different vantage point! : )

  • julie - August 20, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    Gorgeous images, Rebecca, and wonderful memories to go with them! Thanks for sharing!

  • laureen - August 20, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    wow…amazing! Sort of reminds me of my recent hike up the Chief…altho my pictures were nowhere near as stunning as yours – as I couldn’t even hold my camera, and had to hand it off! SO gorgeous, I want to go to all these spots after seeing your posts!


  • J'Lynn - August 20, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    Wow these are stunning, and you are way braver than me just seeing that made me nervous:)

  • Rebecca - August 20, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Laureen, no word of a lie…I thought of you when I was hiking here and remembered your Chief story!

  • Chelsey - August 23, 2010 - 12:12 am

    Breathtakingly beautiful. Your heart is in it, I can feel it. That’s an amazing, exhilarating thing! So glad this adventure is unfolding for you!

  • Carrie Young - August 26, 2010 - 2:24 am

    oh Rebecca, you totally made me laugh :D LOVE what you have captured & can’t wait to see more :)

  • kelly vella - August 27, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    ..oh my.. what an adventure.. You got me chuckling, i can just see you sliding on your bum with flip flops in hand!!
    Breathtaking images…

  • Johanne - September 17, 2010 - 10:50 am

    great shot! just gorgeous!

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