Mother Nature, Her Eels

Illustration by Ellen Edmonson and Hugh Chrisp, Wikimedia Commons

From Ecotone 3.2, Spring 2008. Under streetlight, the line comes reeling in. It’s Friday night on the Seekonk River, and a Dominican immigrant has an […]


Courtesy Marcbela, Wikimedia Commons

From Dislocate #6, Spring 2010. An honorable mention in the Contaminated Essay Contest judged by Lia Purpura. Full essay below. You are sixteen. You go […]


From Orion

From the May/June 2008 issue of Orion magazine. I’m kneeling on a sidewalk in Riverside, Rhode Island, and a squad car has just pulled into […]

The Salt Pond Puzzle

From High Country News

From the August 6, 2012 issue of High Country News. Photo album below. We were on patrol. Caitlin Robinson-Nilsen, a young biologist in shades and […]

Big Girl

John Deshler in Forest Park

From July 13, 2012 in High Country News. A few additional photos below. On his first Father’s Day as a parent, John Deshler is in […]

A Long Flame of Wings

Phoenix from Aberdeen Bestiary

An online exclusive from Audubon magazine. In 1969 the Ad Council produced a Smokey the Bear campaign announcement that begins, “In the time it takes […]

A Signal from a Distant Shore

Alkali Flies

From February 11, 2011 in High Country News. A contribution to the Writers on the Range Syndication series. Driving out Highway 167 north of California’s […]


From High Country News

From the Dec 7, 2010 issue of High Country News. A small album below. At the southeast edge of San Francisco Bay lies a town […]

Dam Removal for Dummies

Gold Ray Dam Demolition

From the November 8, 2010 issue of High Country News. Up and down the West Coast, people are discovering the joy of dam removal: From […]

Goat Blog Posts


From the staff blog of High Country News. — In defense of a rock Serpentine’s on CA’s chopping block / Jul 21, 2010 Jumping (to) […]

Case in Point

Hartner's Point

From the July 19, 2010 issue of High Country News. LeeAnn Hartner strolled into the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology one Saturday in April […]

An Infestation of the Imagination

Bark Beetle Burrows

From the June 21, 2010 issue of High Country News. Halfway through 7th grade, Reagan McGuire quit school and became a pool shark. His father […]