Ben Christensen in the Western film LeGrand, courtesy of Ben Christensen
Ben Christensen is a man of many talents. In addition to working as a professional photographer and videographer, he recently produced and starred in the Western film LeGrand with John Wayne's son…
One of the Grand Canyon’s steep cliffs dwarfs a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) as it navigates the gorge.  Photograph by John Sherman
Like playing right field, counting migrating raptors at the Grand Canyon is a test of patience and focus. With extended periods of absolutely nothing being interrupted by fast and furious action, it’…
Amid tall ponderosa pines, a horse grazes on wildflowers and grasses in the Heber Wild Horse Territory, near the town of Heber. Photograph by Anne James
Six years ago, William E. Simpson II was serving as a local adviser to crews battling the 2018 Klamathon Fire. He watched as flames raced toward his rural community, just south of the Soda Mountain…
A cow elk (Cervus elaphus) stands in a marshy area at Mormon Lake, southeast of Flagstaff. Photo by Shane McDermott
A Western banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus) clings to the bark of a paloverde tree. Found in a wide range of habitats in the American Southwest, this species is the…
Flies gather moisture from a bison’s eye in DeMotte Park, a clearing just north of Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim entrance. Photo by Paul Gill
When 30 million bison roamed the North American continent, some of them found their way to the Kaibab Plateau. Biologists believe they were present in small herds off and on over the past 11,000…
The White Mountains of Eastern Arizona by Laurence Parent
One of my favorite times to photograph Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains is during the peak of the monsoon, when abundant rainfall makes everything lush and green. That was my goal in early August…
Giant ant shadow behind woman with petrie dish and forceps by Steven Meckler
Sages through the ages have lauded ants as exemplars of industriousness, persistence and the virtues of collective effort. “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise,” counsels…
A woman with long hair sits in a dark dress in her jewelry studio. Boxes of gems, houseplants and other ephemera  surround her.
What piece of jewelry is your favorite or the one you're proudest of?I would say that my proudest piece is probably all of the engagement rings I’ve made over the years. It really pushed me…