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Virga & Bone
Virga & Bone
Essays from Dry Places
"In the actual Southwest, blemishes count as much as beauty. Character abides in both, which is how Craig Childs sees it."  ~ GREG CHILD
Atlas of a Lost World
Atlas of a Lost World
A vivid travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the first people in North America at least twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that tell of their lives and fates.
The Animal Dialogues
The Animal Dialogues
Uncommon Encounters in the Wild
This book is a collection of my own encounters, staring at animals for as long as they would stay. The stories range from the Arctic to Central America, from Arizona to Manhattan. From a praying mantis to a grizzly, jaguar to a hummingbird.
The Secret Knowledge of Water
The Secret Knowledge of Water
Discovering the essence of the American desert.
A desert, by definition, lacks it, but when water does come, it is magical, and sometimes in devastating abundance.
House of Rain
House of Rain
Tracking a vanished civilization across the american southwest.
A mix of highly personal journeys and hard-boiled archaeology, this book explores the so-called disappearance of the Anasazi.

On these long and softly lit nights December 24, 2020
On these long and softly lit nights
You go out for wood and find yourself staring at the stars, the sky so cold it feels like it could crack, and you remember what time of year it is. A far arm of the galaxy is laced from horizon to horizon. Orion chases the beautiful Pleiades nonstop. You


House of Rain Slideshow




Fall, 2016
You find a cadence in breathing and motion, the way the sun glides, shadows shrinking and growing.

Lower San Juan
Paddling the San Juan River into Lake Powell
The river has jumped its channel and now flows across open country. It has hit a bedrock ridge and is pouring over into a fresh waterfall...

Salar de Atacama
Salar de Atacama, Chile
It is awful ground for walking, slabs breaking, cutting, shattering...

Cordrillera de la Sal
Atacama Desert, Chile
I go down on my knees licking a clear, wildly-eroded boulder, biting off bits of it...

Baker Dam Site
Rio Baker, Chile
Gray tongues of the Baker heave over an edge with steel-bending force, sheets of mist ripping into the air...

Nef Glacier
Nef Glacier, Patagonia
The blue of ice deepens. Baby blue at first, it descends into a shadowy, saturated sea, a color so agonizingly rich it seems perilous...

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