Saturday, March 15, 2008

Photo Journey Turns Inward

What I was looking for on Little South America was to spend 30 days exploring what in many ways is a semi-closed ecosystem; I wanted to see how the animals lived, where they got water, what their patterns of movement where, what they ate, how the light moved across the landscape, where the birds roosted, where the fox dens were, what kind of sea birds and marine mammals frequented the surrounding waters. I saw many things both breathtakingly beautiful and ugly beyond belief. I read stories in the snow - I saw traffic patterns and watering holes and ambush sites where life and death struggles had occurred. I saw ptarmigan, foxes, eagles, ravens, many types of seabirds, and sea lions. I also found a pile of dead carcasses, five foxes and a duck, and a mostly eaten bald eagle lying on the beach.

The most important discovery I made didn't take place on Little South America; I ended up exploring the nature of a relationship and fairness and love. You see, in less than a month Goldfish and I are getting married, and my decision to spend 30 evenings on Little South America exploring (with my long hours, that time constitutes essentially all my free time each day) was maybe not the most mature idea I've had . . . . . and the ensuing discussions brought us both to a lot better place, the terrain we covered as important as any I was hiking.

I will always be pushing the envelope more than Goldfish - we're just wired differently. We have different dreams but are facing in the same direction and maybe someday I'll drag her with me to Little South America 30 days in a row but for now we're walking together and life is good. I'm going to have to put this one on the shelf for now . . .

6 comments:

Mom said...

Congratulations! I am so glad you have someone to travel with in life's journey.

As far as Little South America... you said thirty days. It doesn't have to be thirty consecutive days. It can be over a lifetime, besides whatever beauty you bring into our lives, whether it is goldfish or photo's, I know it will be wonderful. You are an awesome person who I have always admired.

Kym said...

Your mom said it beautifully! Congratulations!

BTW your photo is breathtaking!

pat said...

Congratulations Steve! When priorities get made some things inevitably have to be shelved. Going from working massive overtime to wedding plans is alot to take on...and all in the first quarter of '08!

Zack said...

I was kind of wondering how you were going to do that and get married at the same time too. Hopefully some other time though. I bet it is pretty interesting there, especially if you cover it all.
Looking forward to seeing you two, on your way back through here, and after the wedding.
Love you

AlaskaSteve said...

It sounds like everyone but me realized it wasn't a great idea . . . I'm always the last to realize things! Thanks for all the support, you're all right, the 30 days don't need to be in order, and I need to focus on April 11th!

Lori said...

Congratulations Steve and Goldfish! May you have many happy years together!

Lori