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Taos Mountain in the clouds

Taos Mountain telephoto shot one hour into Spring »Buy This Photo!«

From the bowels of the Earth it came! The unimaginable magma from 1.8 billion years ago is now igneous Precambrian rock that lies atop the mountains and the high cliffs of the Rio Grande Gorge, the oldest exposed rock in the state. Metamorphic rock from sediments deposited at the bottom of an ancient ocean 1.7 billion years ago makes up the rest. You’re looking at Taos Mountain in the clouds. There are no foothills here, because the Sangre de Cristos rose straight out of the ground around five million years ago. That means this thing has been somewhere.

Apparently the mountains are still rising, too. Better see them while the roads are long enough.

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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.  

  • M.J. March 23, 2015, 8:06 AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for the geology lesson. It makes one feel very small and insignificant in the history of the earth. Glad man has left it alone.

    • JHF March 23, 2015, 9:36 PM

      Taos Mountain belongs to Taos Pueblo, of course. They consider it sacred, and it’s off-limits to non-Natives. I doubt it would have been left alone under any other circumstances!

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