Llano Quemado

Another Omen

downed tree in Taos

Yow! I mean, YOW!

They don't come more obvious than this! (See previous post.) The wind has been unbelievable today, simply horrific, fifty miles per hour at least. I'd just finished posting about "leaving Cheyenne" when I heard (or felt) a very large "thud." Thank God that's all I heard. Half of one of our big elm trees is [...]

Packrat Doom

pack rat food caches in old wine glasses

More old adobe lore

The little bastard just hung there looking at me, its oversized ears flared open and facing front. Kind of cute, actually, with big bright eyes, and the last thing I'd expect to see clinging to the rough boards in the northwest corner of the bathroom ceiling. The space above the "closet," actually. There's a wide [...]

Brushwhacker Jesus

old Taos adobe

Rotting vigas serve as wildlike corridors for chipmunks, pack rats, and the mighty puma

On the third day, it arose, or rather, sputtered. But I will take what I can get. The alternative is scary, like not shaving or buying new clothes because you never go out, or training yourself not to see the cobwebs and the dust gators. (No bunnies here.) When I put away the high-rent gas [...]

Taos sky

Wouldn’t be April without a little mud

As I write, the "corn snow" (graupel) is coming down hard and there are boom-booms. I took this shot about thirty minutes before, again the iPhone 6s+, this time with a filter. The sky is where the action is, almost every day, no matter what the weather. This is one big thing that has me [...]

Sumer Is Icumen In

wood pile scene in Taos, New Mexico

Another totally acceptable iPhone 6s+ shot. Dang.

"It's almost May, she wailed, as heavy blobs of snow came plopping down this morning. Fortunately, it's not so cold at thirty-nine degrees (4°C), so most of that has melted, and if you look closely, there are at least a few apricot blossoms on the half-dead tree on the left. Meanwhile (and after checking to [...]

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