Island Molat is a relatively small Croatian island. It was once under feudalistic regime and later bought by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for the land to be given to the people living on the island. It used to be covered with fields and orchards, but since people started moving to mainland, all the fields are now maquis shrubland. Today, the whole island is literally overgrown with maquis.
This short photo essay is about Karlo, a herdsman on Molat. I spent a couple of days with him leading the herd. Since he retired from work at a gas station on the mainland, he moved to Molat and bought himself a herd of goats. Everyday he gets up early before sunrise and takes the herd of 68 goats through the rough maquis to graze. He then milks them to make goat dairy products, and in the evening he again leads the herd to graze. Goats consume on average 3,5 kilograms of food everyday, so herding them is quite a task. Karlo also says that goats are very useful, as they eat all the foliage in their reach, thus reducing the danger of wildfires on mostly dry dalmatian islands. Although Karlo admits his work can be a bit overwhelming from time to time, he says he enjoys every minute of it. Karlo also says, that his goats are slowly clearing narrow island footpaths, which have been overgrown by shrubs.