We arrived on Sable Island yesterday at 11am. The weather conditions the night before didn’t look promising, but somehow we managed to land with calm, clouded skies. When we were in the sky, it seemed like we were flying in the clouds forever, until suddenly you saw Sable for a few minutes before landing on it.
I kept turning around in circles, taking in the view of Sable. It’s more than I could have ever imagined. I’ve been researching and hearing stories of Sable for the past year for my documentary, but none of those facts and tales come close to describing the paradoxical beauty of the island. Where ever you are on Sable, you can hear waves crashing against the beaches. The aroma from the flora on the island is intoxicating. While walking on Sable Island, I noticed immediately how difficult it is to trek on the sand and the ground was covered with caterpillars.
Our first day was a busy day as I conducted two interviews upon arrival. Sable Island is surrounded by wind and wave noise, so we found locations that somewhat sheltered us from the sounds.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Hennigar, a hydrogeologist & groundwater specialist, who conducted the first fresh water research on Sable Island in the 1970’s. We discussed how Sable Island has fresh water, how water is accessed on the island by animals, and his experiences of working on the island during the 70’s. Terry is quite a character! He’s incredibly passionate about his line of work and for Sable Island.
My next interview was with Terry’s daughter April, who is also the Director for the Friends of Sable Island Society. April and the society do wonderful advocacy work for Sable Island to help raise awareness and ensure continual preservation occurs for Sable.
The wind was extremely disruptive during April’s interview. So, to help block some of the wind, April’s dad provided us with a bit of a shield!
We only saw a few horses near the main station since we arrived, so after the interviews I went exploring. I didn’t see as many as I thought I would see considering there are over 500 horses on this small island. I followed the horse poop trail to find some new furry friends.
The horses I did find were absolutely stunning. They are more beautiful than any other horse I’ve ever seen or will ever see. Here are some photos of my adventures of yesterday! Enjoy!
The stallion above came whinnying and running from out of nowhere towards his herd. When he saw me he came to a walk and starting posing! He loved his photo being taken and it’s clearly shown in his stance.
This beautiful black stallion is quite old and was travelling alone. This lone stallion most likely lost a challenge from another stallion who then took over his herd. I love the expression in his eyes in this picture, so beautiful.
Now this horse I’ve named as Rudy, as I love that name and I have completely fallen in love with this foal. If he wasn’t protected by law, I’d so take him home! Since I can’t do that, I’ll just have to settle for spending some time observing him.
I found myself just taking in the moment yesterday. My first response to anything was to observe and really experience being in that exact moment. I’ve never felt more at peace than I do on this island. It drains you of negative energy and replenishes you with hope and happiness. It’s truly beautiful.
I found out yesterday that the internet on Sable Island is extremely slow, and trying to post an update let alone check an email was impossible for me to do yesterday. I’ll try to keep everyone posted as best as I can.
It’s raining pretty hard here today, so I’ll be solely shooting with my GoPros and scouting locations for tomorrow.
Thanks for the continual support and encouragement! All the best,