Two Days Ago Right Here

snow and clouds, Taos

Very cold and windy when this was taken

God gave me this photograph. I never planned the thing that makes it special, which I’m not going to say, so I guess whatever I do mention, ain’t it.

The white band in the middle, for instance, is actually a ground-hugging cloud of snow moving in from the west in a very strong wind. As such, it’s not part of the same sky background as the white streaks above but actually much closer to the viewer. Its upper margins are so diffused, the snow blends perfectly with the distant sky. If you follow the mountains from left to right—they’re actually volcanoes—you can see some light snow between the second and third ranges. Somewhere behind that one is a much taller peak we can’t see here, an extinct volcano over ten thousand feet high, completely obscured by the snow.

Judging by the time (12:26 a.m.), I’ve made it all the way to Christmas. For a while there, it was touch-and-go. Have a fine, exciting holiday, and onward through the fog.

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.  

  • Ian December 25, 2015, 6:42 AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your better half John.
    Thank you for your tales of woe and cheer throughout the year.
    All the best for the New Year.
    Ian.
    p.s. Going to be 75o here in Richmond VA today. Weird.

    • JHF December 25, 2015, 8:20 AM

      You’re welcome! One thing for sure, I tell it like it is. But I’m all positive expectations at the moment. A lot of things have changed, and all of them are good. Stay tuned!

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