Weird New Mexico

View from Taos Valley Overlook

Two gorges and a bunch of dead volcanoes

What the hell is this? Where are the people? What are all those funny colors? What’s that long thing in the middle? What happened to the grass? What’s that pointy thing in the background? How deep is that hole? Are there rattlesnakes? Does anybody live out there? Who does this belong to? Where do you buy groceries? Is this even in America?

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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.  

  • Carmel Glover December 9, 2013, 1:37 AM

    That’s all very well, but aren’t you supposed to be writing a novel?

    • JHF December 9, 2013, 9:33 AM

      Right. That’s why this is so short and crappy. I’m trying to keep the content churning so as not to “disappear” while I work on bigger things. Not exactly working, is it? Aarghh.

  • M.J. December 9, 2013, 8:44 PM

    I think it’s beautiful! God’s creation! I even like it better not cluttered up with people or their junk! Don’t worry, people that are creative have a hard time staying on their project! It’s ok to multi-task. My best work is usually after a lot of procrastination! It looks like a lot of cold days ahead so you may have lots of opportunities to write.

    • JHF December 10, 2013, 1:40 PM

      What a great comment! Thank you mucho.

  • GPC December 12, 2013, 7:22 AM

    How deep is that hole? From an old visitor who stayed on the east coast, but managed to blow up my previous life anyway..

    • JHF December 12, 2013, 8:06 AM

      That’s right, no necessity to emigrate involved in that procedure. 🙂

      The hole—the Rio Grande Gorge—is around 800 feet deep for most of the stretch you see here. Less in places, obviously. In front and harder to make out in this view is a shallower canyon where the Rio Pueblo flows.

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