Winter Retreat 2013: Here Comes the Sun, the Solarium
For our final night and day in Taos, we stayed in the glass surrounded eagle’s nest pictured above, the third floor Solarium at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. The truth is, it is more of a magpie’s nest, as there were plenty of very active magpies flying about in the back of the house. The shower room addition sits in the southeast corner of the loft and its floor to ceiling window opens directly upon tribal land with a view of the sacred Taos Mountain. While I watched, a fat black crow flew by so closely that I could have reached out to touch his wing. This is the kind of room that you may not wish to leave on a cold winter day, not when the mountains, sun, sky and changing weather surround you with an intimate show of elements all the live long day. Very little is required from you apart from turning your head to take in the changing views. In the early morning, lacy flakes of snow danced by, yet by mid morning, the clouds swiftly moved to reveal the aquamarine colored sky pigmented to a brilliant clarity by the sun. Sitting in this sunwarmed room gave one the feeling of being at the beach, only with the mountains filling in for the ocean waves.A lazy day of reading, writing, sky watching and lounging with “a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou,” was the best possible way to spend our final day in Taos, especially as the sun began to set.