"Mike" was one of three llamas we hiked with from Strawberry Llama Ranch for a New Years Day trek into Fossil Creek Canyon. Mike was the alpha of the three, so he mostly had to march in front, and spent a lot of time munching juniper, oak, and dried grass. These animals are amazing in their gentleness and ability to carry lots of stuff.
We hiked down about halfway, a lot of the trail that was in the shade was still iced over from snow two weeks ago. The vistas are amazing, revealing some of the same strata that makes up the Grand Canyon.
His owners told us Mike was named after Michael Jordan, for reasons not explained, and we felt like he deserved a more dignified name like Miguel or Fernando.
Like many things I have found success with, an ed-tech strategy of following what D’Arcy Norman does is often a good bet. Last year, D’Arcy committed himself to doing a daily flickr post which he also has summarized as a year end video. As he describes the project:
I’m trying to take at least one photo a day. Ideally, the photo should not completely suck. On days where I take more than one (which, really, is most days) I select the photo that says more about that day for this series (not necessarily the best photo, technically or artistically, but the photo that says more about what happened that day).
btw, taking a photo every day is REALLY hard. Try it for awhile…
So when he twittered a message on Dec 31, speculating whether he would undertake it again on 2008, I felt compelled to twitter back, “I will if you will”.
So far, this is not really hard, but of course, I had a unique activity today. The trick is going forward every day, and finding the time, energy, to express oneself via a photo.
Okay, D’Arcy, I am on board- my 2008/366 set is up and running.