April at 7,000 Feet

tulips after the snowstorm in Taos, NM

Not nearly as peaceful as it looks

This one’s a killer! The wind is epic, monumental. When the front rolled through late Saturday afternoon, the town of Taos down below was instantly obscured by dust, then rain and snow. I left two hummingbird feeders up, because the birds are here, and spotted one braving the blast to poke his beak inside the swinging reservoir. That one I brought in after dark, the other one was smashed. This morning the patio chairs were in the sagebrush. The clouds are blowing past like freight trains.

Thank God we still have firewood!

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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.  

  • Glenn April 27, 2014, 9:47 AM

    Daughter in ABQ claimed she saw Toto fly past her balcony window yesterday.

  • JHF April 27, 2014, 9:56 AM

    It’s kinda getting to me after fifteen years. Even when it’s warm, we hardly get to sit outside at all. You’re in Illinois, right? I remember MD springs with warm soft winds and perfumed air… Of course, those led to Calcutta-on-the-bay summers with humidity that felt like molten wax. I don’t miss that at all.

  • Marti Fenton Whitedeersong April 27, 2014, 11:12 AM

    Honestly, it used to blow from March to May in the 90’s but the past few years it blows from February to June and sometimes July. Climate change is real!

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