Taos Mountain

Mountain Fix

Taos Mountain

Picture taken about a week ago

As I type this, it’s fifty-two degrees (11°C) and the backyard Lift-o-Matic is full of drying laundry. That means nothing on racks by the wood stove. Good. When it’s truly cold, nothing on God’s earth beats great blistering waves of actual heat from a real fire, but if it’s only middling cool like today, I’d [...]

After Dinner

view from Llano Quemado

iPhone 6s+ shot again. I love this thing.

Cold, damp, no wind. Quiet except for a few cows bawling in the valley. The scrunch of walking on wet sand. Smells of sagebrush and wet dirt. Snowed off and on today, sometimes a lot. Yesterday, too. For several days, actually. In the middle of that, we saw a hummingbird, so time to put the [...]

Almost Springtime in the Rockies

snow shower on Taos Mountain

At this altitude, that’s snow. Not enough to stick, but still!

Days like this make me re-evaluate my wood heat strategy. Whatever warm stretch blesses us in late winter or early spring gives me the notion we can make it until summer, but I always need to buy more wood—precisely when almost no one has any to sell! (These old adobes, man, I tell you…) Anyway, [...]

Clean and Cold

Taos Mountain in the snow and clouds

Taos Mountain, 12,310 feet. A 200mm telephoto shot from close by on the Llano ridge.

This is another view from Sunday. That’s Taos Mountain, of course, or Pueblo Peak, which almost no one calls it. Sometimes you see a ring of clouds like that around the mountains in the bitter cold that can develop after a heavy snow. The daytime high stays under freezing. More solar radiation bounces off than [...]

Turning Colder in the Mountains

Taos Mountain in the clouds

Taos Mountain this morning

Not ready for this, neither physically or emotionally. But it’s a-comin’, boys.

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