Chiloé Island is a very green place. Windrows of green trees and shrubs bisect rolling green fields, forming a patchwork of green, green, and more green. Heavy winter rains and long, gloriously sunny summer days provide the conditions to create a degree of verdancy reminiscent of Ireland.
Sheep wander the green landscape, snipping the grass and breathing the fresh air sweept in from the open Pacific. Men wearing wetsuits dig clams and harvest algae in the aquamarine shallows of the chilly ocean water. Fishermen venture offshore in yellow wooden boats, braving the rolling seas in search of a day’s catch. Farmers turn over the green carpet of the fields to plant potatoes in the rich Chilote soil. The thick, wooly coats of the Chilote sheep are turned into hand woven sweaters, hats, socks, and blankets. Most Chilotes rely on nature’s services for their livelihoods. To live on Chiloé means to be deeply connected to the land and the sea.
I imagine that for professional photgraphers, Chiloé is like a dreamscape. Even my inexpensive Panasonic point-and-shoot did a nice job capturing the essence of this verdant and organic place.