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)

The old jail, Bridgeport, Calif.

The West is full of ghosts. “Wanna see some?” after a couple of whiskeys down at the Bridgeport Inn and under the fading light of a dazzling, late Spring, Sierra sunset, we find the old, Mono county jail. It is open, wide-open. Nobody around at all. A couple of bare light […]


On the border of California and Nevada, just a bit north of Mono Lake, there is Bodie. A town that was built to die. In the last quarter of the 19th century this place was famous for killing young people with the promise of shiny rocks. By a twist of […]

Rise of the Ranges of Light

Rise of the Ranges of Light, Landscapes and Changes in the Mountains of California, Heyday, Berkeley, California, 2011 On the Sierra Nevada: “All of my experiences in other ranges in the contiguous United States seem to shrink next to the scene before me. Here are more mountains of more different […]

Mushroom Season on Mount Tamalpais

Earlier this month, Hall (@juniperridge) Alli (@nativeeverywhere) Jay (@onetrippass) Alison (@alaalison) Hanna (@kaptenhanna) Flynn (@flynnstagram) and myself, Obi (@coyotethunder) headed up to the West Point Inn near the top of Mount Tamalpais for an evening of wild mushroom foraging and bourbon cocktails…in that order actually. Mount Tamalpais, or, the Grand […]