N is for Native American.
This man is Navaho and lives in New Mexico, but in summer he herds sheep in the Utah Uinta Mountains for a rancher from Nevada.
Note his nimble, noble steed, the color of a gold nugget.
He lives the life of a nomad, with the natural world for a neighbor, and nebula or nova for nightlights.
He resides in a trailer with the bare necessities. His two border collies help him nurture the sheep and nudge away their nemesis, the coyote.
Neither here nor there news: We met this Navaho gentleman last July in the mountains north of Strawberry Reservoir. He asked if he could take our photograph with his disposable camera. We agreed, and asked to take his photo in exchange. Do you see the black sheep behind him? We helped herd the sheep up a nearby mountain, then bid our new friend adieu.
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