Primal West

San Antonio Mountain in snow

Looking south toward San Antonio Mountain, snow squalls sweeping right to left

About 55 miles from home just south of Colorado, a little before noon today. It’s snowing at 8,000 feet. The top of the volcano is 10,901. When I held my iPhone 6s Plus up against the windshield going 65 mph, it was 36°F outside with the wind blowing at 39 mph and gusting to 57. Note the heavy traffic on US 285.

What I like about the West is, it can kill you. Well, any place can do that. Florida, for instance. But here it often looks as if it wants to. Five miles down the road, there was an elk carcass festooned with feasting ravens. They’d already pecked its eyes out and its guts were bubbling. There was something small and translucent like a balloon.

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.  

  • Catherine Naylor April 11, 2019, 2:11 PM

    The sky was all you needed to carry me away.
    I’m not back yet.
    Catherine

    • JHF April 11, 2019, 2:20 PM

      Imagine the wind, too…

  • Marti Fenton Koleski April 14, 2019, 9:48 PM

    Amazing sky action this time of year. Sometimes three or four different kinds of weather–wind, rain, snow and sunshine all at once from the mesa to canyon to mountains.

    • JHF April 15, 2019, 12:55 AM

      Absolutely right. It’s dramatic as hell.

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