Ecosystems

Agriculture, Frontier, Out West, Place

Henry (H.L.) Wolf; Independence on the Plains, Gathering Chips; Late 19th century; Albumen silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; P1976.19.11

Gathering Chips

One of my favorite photographs hangs in my bathroom.

At its center is a wheelbarrow, with wooden handles, braces, and legs. The ten-spoke wheel is iron. Cow chips – dry dung – are stacked two feet high in the tray. …

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Conservation, Forests, Place, Rivers

In town

In town

I followed my mother down a winding forest path.  

The trail head peaks through the trees that line the softball field down the street from my house.  You wouldn’t know it was there if you weren’t looking for it. 

Gnarled tree …

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Oceans

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

The first thing I did during my tryout for the sailing team was crash straight into the seawall. Everyone at the Naval Academy is required to be part of a sports team. I did track in high school, but there was …

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Animals, Out West, Place

Rehabbing Rain

Rehabbing Rain

In the Shade of the Cottonwood Tree

            I was born and raised in the desert. Like most desert plants and animals, I love rain. I live for rain. I live because of rain. Rain heals me, as it heals and …

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Activism, Conservation, Ecosystems, Out West, Print Edition

Ten Sleep

Ten Sleep

For an audio version, here is Jesse reading the piece on his Yonder Lies Podcast.

On a hot day in the summer of 2018, I woke up to red and blue lights saturating the white dolomite walls that loom over the Ten …

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Energy, Oceans, Wind

Flipping the switch: A clean energy future for Brayton Point? (Part II)

Flipping the switch: A clean energy future for Brayton Point? (Part II)

With the retirement of the Brayton Point coal plant, can this former coal town redefine itself as an offshore wind energy hub?
by × January 24, 2019 × 1 comment