On non-charismatic wildlife and fieldwork

Most people’s imagination of doing warm tropical landscapes involves charismatic megafauna. They are there, but they are not the primary experience of fieldwork. They shape the landscape deeply, but it can be a rare even to see them, especially up close. Here in Gabon, this is especially true. Forest buffalo make tracks all over the…

When the water rises

Flowing water is a rare feature in the canyons of the American southwest. The few that do have it are magical and dynamic places. Aravaipa Canyon is one of them – fifteen miles long, a few hundred feet deep, with narrow walls. It drains an area with complex geology, yielding a permanent stream that brings…