It’s the late 1980s, and my then partner and I are on the island of Crete. I had been reading my guidebooks, and thought the Samaria gorge looked well worth a visit. At, I think, 14km it was doable as I figured it wouldn’t be too hot down at the bottom.
i can still see us setting off down the rocky path, and I know I have quite a number of colour transparencies that need scanning in…one day, but not for this post.
Probably my most vivid memories are of when we got to the base of the gorge and set off on the long walk to the end at the sea. It was a most amazing scene, the terrain unfolding before us. In places the gorge quite wide, and further in the rock walls of the gorge closer and towering above us. We saw sheep, goats and plenty of birds and other creatures
Some way along the gorge there was a man leading two donkeys along the rocky track ahead of us, and whilst I could have taken an image from behind, I wanted to have the scene from in front. He was on the other side of the gorge, so I raced along the track on the side we were on. There was a small stream running through the gorge, so I leapt across, jumping onto about 4 or 5 stepping stones, camera around my neck. Miraculously I kept my balance, my feet and camera stayed dry, and I kept on running a bit further.
I caught this image…..
…then, determined to get the donkeys crossing the stream, rushed on further, turned round and saw this:
Just look at that clear water!