Tierra Peligrosa

Taos Mountain in mid-spring

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Springtime in the Rockies, as the saying goes. I even let us run out of wood, because I thought the warm weather would last. What you’re looking at here is an all-too typical early May afternoon at 7,000 feet, about forty-one degrees when I shot this image of Taos Mountain in between snow squalls. That’s right. Yesterday saw some kind of crazy weather business, with periods of blazing sun and clear blue sky alternating with forty-five miles per hour winds and horizontal “corn snow” (graupel or pellet snow) that coated the ground, for the most part. It was still too warm for it to stay there very long before melting, but the view out my window was pretty horrible if you’re the kind of person who thinks May means dancing naked in the back forty. It was all profoundly disturbing, to tell the truth. Unsettling, hard on the emotions, even as it was exciting.

(And it was!)

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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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