Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"ds106 is What Happens When You are Busy Making Other Plans"

Photo Courtesy of Jimmie Hepp

Late last week, I had asked someone for a picture of a messy office.  I wanted it to go with this quote to illustrate that my life had been taken over.  Rather than attempt that, I thought I would show you what I have been working on. (Thanks to all who found some REALLY messy spaces).  This is Makana, a local Monk seal who has been coming to Ho'okipa Windsurfing Beach for over 15 years. Makana means "A gift from Heaven."   As a volunteer for the Monk Seal Foundation, I have been working on a fundraising project for the foundation.  I recruited local photographer, Jimmie Hepp, to donate the photograph.  This is just one of many donations for the fundraiser to help this endangered species through education and public outreach.

The Daily Create for ds106 can take on many facets.  For me, Makana has been my daily create.  Through social media over the past week, we have reached over 8000 people to raise awareness to the fact that there are only 1200 of these animals left in the Hawaiian Islands.  During the fundraising effort, I found it interesting that there were so few artistic representations of the monk seal.  There were plenty of turtles, dolphins and whales, but very few of the seal.  It is important to me that people 'connect" with Makana through a photograph like the one above. We take care of our local seals!  The Daily Create in action!

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