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Taos VAlley Overlook scene

A couple of hours out here, only saw one young dude on a bike

The show is in the sky when there are clouds. Today was one of those days when I took a ton of photos, shaking my head at the impact of it all. The colors and the freaking vistas. The clouds (my god), the wind, a perfect temperature near seventy degrees, the sun at seven thousand feet! Just driving out here in my’87 Ford F-150 with the windows open was a transcendental moment.

That’s the Rio Grande Gorge cutting through the rift valley just beyond the rolling sagebrush ocean. I don’t know how far away those mountains on the horizon are. Could be ninety miles. It’s just ridiculous. I took this shot standing in the middle of four square miles of the Taos Valley Overlook, six miles down the road from where I’m sitting now. I’ve said this many times before, but I’m simply floored at so much of New Mexico. I’ve been floored for sixteen years, even when I hated something else and tried to run away.

This is where I come to hike for exercise. At least that’s what I’ll tell you if you ask.

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.  

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