Here is the foregoing post as a slideshow with narration. You can select the “HD” setting for better resolution in full screen, but it’s not right yet — the full screen image should be crisp — and I have a ticket in with WordPress Support. However, for now, this version (via the “Download Video” link under “Share”) seems to provide the best resolution. I hope you enjoy it and would appreciate your comments.
[Updated July 21, 2010. Per Chuck Craytor’s suggestion in the comments, I have added music for intro, outro and some transitions. The song is “Carry Me Away” by Govi, which you can find here. Although, as you can read from the first link, Govi’s music is eclectic, it also so happens that I was on the freeway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe when I first heard one of his songs, and so I associate his music with the mystical qualities of the New Mexico landscape. I do find New Mexico a spiritual space, perhaps because of the strong light, broad sky, and rich colors of the earth — and places like Acoma that are accessible at one level but also intentionally carry a profound and private Native American presence. I am deeply aware of the temptation to try to find in such places and traditions, no matter how you might otherwise think about them and how many “souvenirs” you endeavor to take away, something that can only be found within.]