Essays

  • Wedding in the shadowed valley

    Wedding in the shadowed valley

    What do you do when you're hit by doubts on the very morning of your wedding?

  • River Town

    River Town

    Flagstaff, Ariz., may not really have its own river, but to many of its residents it is a true river town.

  • Encountering a California condor takes one writer back in time

    Encountering a California condor takes one writer back in time

    An interaction with a rare vulture sparks reflections on dinosaurs and extinction.

  • The One-Eyed Squirrel of Ooh-Aah Point

    The One-Eyed Squirrel of Ooh-Aah Point

    Ol' One-Eye of Ooh-Aah Point leads a wildlife-loving trail-crew worker to act a bit out of character…

  • Walking in the body of being

    Walking in the body of being

    Not everybody understands why pinacate beetles are such good company, but philosopher Baruch Spinoza is likely one of them.

  • The sign maker

    The sign maker

    The wooden signs Phil Garfoot made still offer directions to his friends, even after his death.

  • The Tao of Pow: Learning to love winter

    The Tao of Pow: Learning to love winter

    A newcomer to Utah learns to love winter with the help of snowshoes.

  • Defriending Joe Hill: Stegner's lesson for the Oscars

    Defriending Joe Hill: Stegner's lesson for the Oscars

    Wallace Stegner struggled over the ethics of writing a “fictional biography” of labor organizer Joe Hill; today, filmmakers blithely make “fictional biographies” of living characters like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation

    Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation

    The author tries to walk like a ghost through a wild and haunted landscape.

  • Plenty of wood in the pile

    Plenty of wood in the pile

    Nothing says "security" like kind neighbors and a nice big woodpile for the winter.

  • Depth afield

    Depth afield

    Why are photographs of the Western landscape so essential to our lives?

  • Ronald Reagan: The accidental environmentalist

    Ronald Reagan: The accidental environmentalist

    Former president's poor economic record had environmental benefits.

  • A long journey home

    A long journey home

    The Winnemem Wintu Tribe wants to return salmon to California's McCloud River by bringing back the fish’s descendents, now in New Zealand.

  • Teaching Whitney to cook

    Teaching Whitney to cook

    An environmental educator discovers a rewarding way to help the planet -- teaching a young woman how to cook.

  • Room for everyone

    Room for everyone

    A "hodgepodge of humanity" visits Mojave desert hot springs -- and there's room enough for all.