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Thirty-Six Years

steer skull in snow

Another iPhone 6s Plus shot, tweaked in Photoshop

We're going out to eat tonight to celebrate our thirty-sixth wedding anniversary. Being married this long has to be the greatest accomplishment of my life. Meanwhile, the weather here is the worst I've encountered in seventeen years—it's gruesome and wet, day after day. The famous New Mexico sun has vanished along with the the mountains. [...]

My Time With Fang

snow scene

Not a hamster but our Pontiac Vibe three days ago

"Ouch! He bit me!" I thought hamsters were supposed to be cuddly little beasts, but this one was out for blood. I was only ten or eleven at the time, which didn't help. This was a long, long time ago and I was on my own, a nerdy Air Force brat in Germany. Elvis had [...]

Silver Fingers on the Roof

Talpa valley in the morning

Morning light over the Talpa valley. Note the shadows in the foreground. Taos proper is down beyond and to the left.

The roof leaked like crazy the last time it rained—the same places as before, dripping quickly from the bathroom window frames and down from rotting vigas there and in the kitchen. The towels I quickly laid across the sills were sopping wet in just a few minutes. I built a fire in the wood stove, [...]

Chthonic Heart

Taos Mountain (detail)

Telephoto image of Taos mountain from our home

The gas wall heater crinks and ticks its little shutdown song. A short time later it will come back with a woomp and heat some more. For this unusual mild, dry autumn, so far that's been enough. An untouched mound of firewood sits beside the driveway covered by a rotting plastic tarp, waiting for the [...]

Saturday on the Rio

Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

Reflected colors from sky and trees

The river was stunning on a quiet Saturday afternoon. In the absence of any recent run-off, the water was clear, and there was almost no traffic on the road between Pilar and the Taos Junction Bridge. Canada geese and several species of ducks fed constantly in the shallows, where long green banners of aquatic plants [...]

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