Easter Mountains

mountain  view near Taos, NM

Taos out of sight down in the valley past the last green ridge

On Sunday I drove us up here in the Dodge Dakota. The 4.7 L V-8’s dual exhausts throbbed and rumbled all the way through Talpa, along the Rio Grande del Rancho, and up into the mountains on sweeping, empty curves past patches of snow and fallen rocks. Every damn stump looked like a bear.

The temperature was 55°F at about 8,000 feet when I took that shot. We hadn’t been up there for several months and it was something of a shock. To leave the house and drive a little ways and boom, you know? Even on Easter Sunday, there was hardly any traffic. I know I emphasize that a lot when describing driving virtually anywhere in New Mexico, especially Taos County, but it’s such a huge advantage. I can take in all the Nature since I’m not involved with other drivers. Sometimes we come home still shaking from the sensory overload. Not even crawling over the holes and hummocks in the hard clay road the last 200 yards can knock the wonder out of me. This counts.

So it was like that, yes.

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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.  

  • Pete April 24, 2019, 12:44 AM

    Always enjoy seeing your photography. What a beautiful area to live in.


    • JHF April 24, 2019, 10:46 AM

      You’re welcome, and thank you!

  • JudyinBoston April 25, 2019, 3:59 PM


    • JHF April 26, 2019, 11:40 PM

      All you have to do is blow up your old life, which fortunately I can hardly remember any more.

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