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View from Taos Valley Overlook

San Antonio Mountain, the extinct volcano in the background, is 10,908 ft tall

A view most of my readers have seen before, but just a few days old. You’re looking roughly west-northwest from the trail I took at Taos Valley Overlook in the preceding post, as if you were standing in the same place but turned 180° around. This is a telephoto shot, of course, with the top of the Rio Grande gorge in the foreground. Oh, and that’s another volcano to the right, just a little one. Almost every peak or hill you see out there originated with an eruption or a lava flow. Deadly, loud, inexorable. Alien and true, natural all the way.

As I’ve pointed out before, the tectonic plates are pulling apart right here in front of us. This is the valley of the Rio Grande Rift. Most of what you see is “trending north” with half of Colorado just 10 minutes from our house!

[HT to @voidmster for the title of this post: I tweeted a similar photo, and that was his reply. – JHF]

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

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