Your Thursday Horned Toad

horned toad close-up

Can’t you just see this at 16 x 24, mounted, ready to hang on your wall?

Go ahead, just give me the prize. This guy (?) is maybe three inches long, not a grownup at all. But wow. Do you have any idea what a hoot it is to see these things when I’m walking through the sagebrush? Another lucky telephoto macro shot. That means I’m using the telephoto lens to take close-ups of something at my feet. Probably not even doing it right, so what. Look at that sucker!

I may be running out of animals, though. Pretty soon I’ll have to go hiking in town and get some funny tourist shots. Then again, I haven’t posted the skink photo or the one with the shed snakeskin. Or the prehistoric rat skull!

“What kind of a writer are you, all you do is go walk in the desert and take photos of the same shit every day!”

It’s a phase, okay? Plus I’m walking 60 miles a month. I’ve lost weight. I have, like, muscles. My wife says my legs are “shapely.” And I think about stuff. For all you know, I’m working on a book and this is how I psyche myself up. Let’s try that one. And when I get a better vehicle, I’ll go hiking farther than six miles away and show you a goddamn bear.

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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.  

  • Rita July 12, 2013, 12:54 AM

    You crack me up. Keep it up and I can see myself buying one of these. I’d have to figure out how to put your words on it, though. Maybe paste them on the cacti, or something. I could make a border with them. Poster size, maybe. Whitewash over them some to make it look all artsy (Yes I was an art major once).

    • JHF July 12, 2013, 12:43 PM

      Well now that’s an interesting thought. Thank you. I can make that happen digitally. I know that’s not what you’re thinking, but now I’m thinking.

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