Spring Snow

lazuli bunting in the snow

Telephoto shot thru kitchen window

It snowed two days ago, then melted. Yesterday it mostly rained and blew. This morning it’s been snowing heavily since dawn. Tomorrow it will snow all day and accumulate several inches, then down to 20°F in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Then, and only then, will we slowly climb back to the seventies we’d been enjoying for some time.

Yes, this happens at seven thousand feet, even in May. I have plenty of photos of hummingbirds in May snow. The bird above is a lazuli bunting, my favorite visitor of all. We usually have several who stay most of the summer. I always buy the cheapest bird seed, because the lazulis like to eat the “filler” seeds the other birds ignore. These birds are quite aggressive, even chasing away the larger juncos. Good for them! The world has plenty of juncos and not nearly enough lazuli buntings.

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.  

  • vicky Zillioux April 28, 2017, 10:01 AM

    Beautiful bird. I don’t think that one comes to the downtown area. At least not that we have seen. Im worried about my flowers and plants that have come up from last year. Hope they make it through this!

    • Marti Fenton April 28, 2017, 12:57 PM

      Me too! They will be OK if they are covered with snow. We might need to shake the trees that are leafed out to avoid breakage. I worry about my lilacs that have only managed to bloom one year (last year).

  • Peter April 28, 2017, 10:39 PM

    Beautiful bird. You should do a book of Photography on Taos (possible with comments or bits of Taos history or tales). Many of your photographs are exceptional.

  • vicky Zillioux April 29, 2017, 1:45 PM

    I haven’t seen one of these birds. Do you think they come in towards town?

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