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A glimpse of a family in the shifting West
A glimpse of a family in the shifting West
A Montana family balances raising small children with the challenges of modern-day ranching.
The view of the eclipse from the lenses of our readers
The view of the eclipse from the lenses of our readers
A collection of photos submitted by the High Country News community.
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
Inside a Helitack crew’s fast response to wildland fires.
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
The arid park is covered in wildflowers for the first time in a decade.
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
Q&A with photographer David T. Hanson about his new book, ‘Wilderness to Wasteland,’ which shows a dystopian side of progress.
Photos: A protest over imprisoned ranchers becomes an occupation of a wildlife refuge
Photos: A protest over imprisoned ranchers becomes an occupation of a wildlife refuge
In eastern Oregon, the latest iteration of the Sagebrush Rebellion.
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Over 11.5 million people live in poverty in Western states; here are intimate portraits of their communities.
Agua Pura
Agua Pura
Winners of the HCN reader photography contest
Hidden camera traps capture wildlife in Wyoming
Hidden camera traps capture wildlife in Wyoming
An ecologist uses a scientific tool for artistic purposes.
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
People spend months scouring forest floors for money-making fungi in the Pacific Northwest.
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
Local officials want Pueblo County, Colorado, to be the best place to grow, but not everyone’s high on the idea.
Beekeepers vs. invasive species rules on federal lands
Beekeepers vs. invasive species rules on federal lands
Should apiarists be allowed to place hives of non-native honeybees on public lands?
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Oceanic photos and call to action
Oceanic photos and call to action
Review of ‘The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest’
Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
As eco-minded baby boomers age, they’re seeking alternatives to modern funerals.
Focusing in on arthropods of the West
Focusing in on arthropods of the West
Up-close portraits of jumping spiders, beetles, Mormon crickets and other creepy-crawlies essential to our ecosystems.
A photographer traces footsteps of an early-20th century predecessor
A photographer traces footsteps of an early-20th century predecessor
Review of “Wyoming Revisited: Rephotographing the Scenes of Joseph E. Stimson” by Michael A. Amundson.
Photos and recordings of Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska
Photos and recordings of Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska
Review of “Wilderness” by Debra Bloomfield.
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Photographs of sturgeon, steelhead, salmon and lamprey fishing.
American boondockers
American boondockers
Surprising photographs of people who live in their vehicles, from the Cascades to the Rockies.
Photographs of American histories
Photographs of American histories
Sites where gruesome, beautiful and bizarre events have taken place in Western history and film.
'I Am Alaskan'
'I Am Alaskan'
The surprising diversity of the 49th state, through Brian Adams’ lens.
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Your best Heard Around the West photos
Editor picks of readers' weirdest, most amazing images from the past five years.
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