High Desert Jungle Bunting

lazuli bunting

Lazuli bunting waiting in ambush for his prey

It looks like a jungle to me, anyway. After fifteen years in northern New Mexico, I figure if I ever see two contiguous green plants again, I’ll keel right over from the shock.

That bird looks so perfect, like he’s stuffed. Maybe he is stuffed. Doesn’t that look like a diorama? Oh right, who knows what those are anymore. Well, back in the days when the government actually did things, there were these places called museums. You could go inside and see life-sized models of animals and people in these little scenes behind the glass. Actual 3-D, man.

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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.  

  • Marti Fenton Whitedeersong May 10, 2014, 4:14 PM

    Beautiful ! Ah yes, dioramas. I spent many, many hours in the Natural History Museum in Denver driving my parents crazy with boredom as I imagined myself in the scenes of prehistoric and even historic flora and fauna. I always wanted to design dioramas but didn’t know how to join that world. Here you have it on a walk toward the gorge.

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