Weird and Soothing Landscape

looking west from Taos Valley Overlook

Looking west from Taos Valley Overlook, gorge just beyond the shadow

There was a time once when I declared this wasn’t a photo-blog. I wonder why I bother. The main thing is, I’m sharing something. The view above lifted my spirits in a most delightful way when I first encountered it. The air was bitterly cold, but just the sight of all that sunshine on the glowing frozen dirt made life worth living. This is what we call the essence of el Norte.* A wise friend once said, “You can’t live on scenery.” She was right, but that’s not quite the way it is. Here it’s more like the ol’ ranch gate clangs shut and JUST SHUT UP, THE NINETY-MILE VIEWS ARE ALL YOU GET, you stupid commie Nature freak.

* Sometimes referred to as the “Stockholm syndrome.”

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore tells 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. His latest projects are both named GODDAMN BUFFALO: purchase NFTs at OpenSea and read new writing at Substack! 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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