Mountain Fix

Taos Mountain

Picture taken about a week ago

As I type this, it’s fifty-two degrees (11°C) and the backyard Lift-o-Matic is full of drying laundry. That means nothing on racks by the wood stove. Good. When it’s truly cold, nothing on God’s earth beats great blistering waves of actual heat from a real fire, but if it’s only middling cool like today, I’d feel like I was “wasting” firewood by using it to dry my underwear. Anyway, here you go, Taos Mountain, a.k.a. Pueblo Peak, elevation 12,305 feet or thereabouts. The town is already 7,000 feet above sea level, so you’re looking at a whole vertical mile of mountain! New Mexico has room for things like that. Not many places do.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore tells 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. His latest projects are both named GODDAMN BUFFALO: purchase NFTs at OpenSea and read new writing at Substack! 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.  

  • Fw February 4, 2017, 4:19 PM

    Thank You, John again and again…your images always take me back to my short time in Taos and it reminds me of the magical place that it can be…when I look into the images you offer, it can take me away for everything else and I think you can guess of what I speak of…I hope this finds you both well and happy..!!
    Cheers as always, Fred

    • JHF February 5, 2017, 10:18 PM

      Hi Fred! You’re very welcome. I’ve never lived anywhere else where I could look up and see something like this. There must be other places, though. Life’s just too short to see them all.

  • Carmel Glover February 4, 2017, 6:28 PM

    I wondered what a ‘lift-o-matic’ was. In Australia we call that a ‘clothes hoist’.

    • JHF February 5, 2017, 10:14 PM

      Well, that’s a brand or model name. The thing came from the Netherlands, I think. Brabantia Corporation, an international outfit. Nobody calls them “lift-o-matics” that I know of. You just say, “You know, those folding metal racks on a pole kind of like an umbrella with plastic string around it where you hang your clothes?”

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