The California Field Atlas has won the 2018 Gold Medal for Notable Contribution to Publishing by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. I am so proud and grateful to receive and share this award with my excellent publisher, HEYDAY BOOKS. My great hope is that this book stands with the larger vanguard of inspired voices rising across California and beyond, that share a vision for an emergent culture built on values of ecological restoration over reclamation and resource replenishment over endless extraction. United, we can usher in a new age of greater abundance while preserving the superlative portfolio of biodiversity that California enjoys for generations to come. (obi)

Summer Camp memories

The season is already locked up in the Sierra – the snow falls and indian summer is over. We dream of sweet August wind and remember the rugged beauty to be hidden under its white coat for the next six months – a whole different kind of beauty. Juniper Ridge’s […]

Indian Summer Road Trip

In the middle of October, Alli and I hit the road to Los Angeles in the Juniper Ridge Field Lab van. Mohawk General Store welcomed us for a Field Lab event – distilling White Sage for the people of Silver Lake. Mohawk excellently represents the new kind of mercantile: ten […]

Sea Ranch on the Equinox

Sea Ranch, the North Sonoma Coast. California. Fall Equinox. 2012 – if the apocolyptians have it right and the world end on the Winter solstice, so be it. I was here, now/then and it is so hard to care. The whole places crushes you – crushes all the bad stuff […]

High Sierra Summer Camp part 3

Continuing on the John Muir Trail – Juniper Ridge’s High Sierra Summer Camp – Ansel Adams Wilderness. The full moon rises – our vantage: the rocks above the Marie Lakes junction. hat by Poler For the complete Field Sketches by Obi Kaufmann, click here. Artemisia Tridentata – mtn. sagebrush Island […]