This view to the south is from yesterday evening at the Taos Pueblo Pow-wow, which actually takes place in the buffalo pasture. Don’t ask me what they did with them. The pow-wow grounds were dotted with ample evidence of their having been there, though!
On the same theme, one of the sponsors of this year’s pow-wow is the Buffalo Thunder Casino & Resort down Pojoaque way. What’s not to like about a name like “buffalo thunder,” eh? There was a little booth with a couple of casino employees sitting in it looking quite forlorn, peering out at the buffalo-flops and wondering why they drew this duty with their rustic northern cousins. It should be a bit livelier today, of course. Still, I had the impression there wasn’t as much “oomph” at the pow-wow this year. Maybe that was because of all the people staring at their goddamn phones instead of seeing things like this!
Those mountains in the background are of course the Truchas Peaks. (Truchas means “trout.”) All of those are over 13K feet, by the way.