Essays

Lessons in the moon’s shadow
Lessons in the moon’s shadow
How the eclipse makes you understand space, and why we should pay attention to lesser wonders.
Hunting for feral figs
Hunting for feral figs
The gem-like fruit are best when found free in the urban wilds.
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
There’s no separating the land and people of the border region.
How to face the ecocide
How to face the ecocide
Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: So what if we’re doomed?
The women confronting California’s farm conditions
The women confronting California’s farm conditions
Female farmworkers face sexual assault, pesticide exposure and low wages.
Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail
Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail
How budget cuts, a divided staff and state politics hamstrung Utah’s biggest monument.
The making of a motorhead
The making of a motorhead
Ex-skiers, ex-climbers, ex-hikers take on long-distance travel with motorbikes.
Big Dan, a couple of beers and thousands of honeybees
Big Dan, a couple of beers and thousands of honeybees
A tale of removing a bee infestation.
How to make money off ‘the Big One’
How to make money off ‘the Big One’
Can an imminent disaster be a tourist draw for Anchorage?
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
After her husband’s death, a woman collects a new family.
Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump
Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump
A ride-along with LAPD shows how tricky community policing can be.
How stargazing connects us
How stargazing connects us
And how growing light pollution threatens that connection.
A roadmap for nomadic love
A roadmap for nomadic love
One couple’s story of a long-distance relationship across the landscape.
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
Who is welcome in today’s America?
 ‘Look for something white’
‘Look for something white’
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.
Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
In the infamous Montana saloon, a lesson about home in harsh places.
Cowboys with surfboards
Cowboys with surfboards
How Hanalei, Hawaii, reflects small Western towns.
Together we pause
Together we pause
Sometimes we need to stop — to think about the ways we wreak havoc in the world.
An expedition through the Edgelands
An expedition through the Edgelands
This landscape isn’t always beautiful — but that’s what makes it loveable.
The watcher and the watched
The watcher and the watched
Observation transforms our bodies and minds.
Naked in the desert
Naked in the desert
The sunburned, imperfect and deeper wild of the human body.