Are You Cursed If You Steal Rocks From the Petrified Forest?

A Photographer Ponders Beauty, Truth, and the Guilt of Visitors Who Pilfer Souvenirs From the Arizona National Park

In 2011, I was traveling in Arizona photographing meteorites and the misidentified meteorites known as “meteor-wrongs.” My work with the meteor-wrongs went quicker than expected and my wife and I saw the Petrified Forest National Park wasn’t far away, so we took a day trip out that way. And that’s where I stumbled onto a display of these letters, written by people who’d taken petrified rocks from the park but then wanted to send them back.

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I was blown away by the …

Snapshots of a Human Petri Dish

Surreal Photos Explore Our Anxiety Around Climate Change By Capturing People's Everyday Lives--Underwater

The dreamy, brightly lit photographs and videos of “Holoscenes / Quaternary Suite” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art might remind viewers of glimpses through a ship’s porthole. Sometimes, the …

Geologist Doyle Wilson

He Loves Limestone (and Hates Wasting Water)

Geologist Doyle Wilson has worked for Lake Havasu City for almost 10 years as water resources coordinator. He also teaches part time at ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu. Before participating …

Our Landslides Are Bigger Than Yours

What the Entire World Can Learn From California’s Penchant for Disaster—And Ability to Recover From It

When I was a graduate student at Caltech in the 1960s, my boyfriend and I loved to take a spin up the spectacular, cliff-hanging California Highway 39 that ascends in …

How To Savor Your Crawl Up the 405 Freeway

Don’t Sweat the Closure on Sunset. Instead, Join Me On a Miraculous Tour Through Jurassic L.A.

If you’re among the 300,000 or so commuters who crawl through the Sepulveda Pass every day, you’ve surely noticed the $950-million construction project that is adding an extra lane to …