Valentine’s Day Eve on the Rio Grande

Canada goose on the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

No one shooting at them here

We went down to Pilar on Friday afternoon. A slow drive along the Rio Grande to look for waterfowl and eagles was the agreed-upon Valentine’s Day present for us both. But the sun was shining, it felt like spring—sixty-five degrees down in the canyon—why wait for the 14th, we thought? And off we went. This guy was one of the first specimens we sighted, and my wife is devoted to Canada geese, so that worked out fine.

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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.  

  • kaye February 15, 2015, 6:17 AM

    We in Wisconsin are jealous…six degrees here! Brrr!

    • JHF February 15, 2015, 8:03 AM

      Just so you know: for one thing, that’s 65 °F in the canyon, hundreds of feet lower (and warmer) than here. But the main thing is, 60s aren’t normal at all. The average high for this date is 42 °F with a low of 16. A fews back, it was -26 °F here in February!

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