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May 28, 2014

Over the last two weeks, California, Arizona, and Alaska have all had to deal with severe wildfires that have surprised officials with their ferocity … and their earliness. Of the nearly one dozen blazes that ended up consuming well over 25,000 acres in heavily populated San Diego County two weeks ago, Carlsbad...

January 8, 2014

This week, residents of Moscow could marvel that—as cold as their city might be—well, at least it wasn’t as cold as Atlanta. Rather than spend a second freezing night on the lam, a 42-year-old escaped prisoner in Lexington, Kentucky, turned himself in...

November 14, 2013

It’s been a horrible year for the people of the Philippines. Just before Christmas Typhoon Bopha devastated the Pacific island nation, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing more than a million families. Then just a month ago, they were jolted by a 7.2 magnitude...

November 11, 2013

We're happy to announce the Fall 2013 winners of our quarterly "You're OnEarth" photo contest:

Winner: Andrea Westmoreland (DeLand, Florida)
Camera: Nikon D200 with...

September 20, 2013

Mother Nature has finally stopped pummeling central Colorado with rain, even as rescue operations continue for those people in and around Boulder who remain trapped in difficult-to-access areas. The record-breaking rainfall sent flash floods crashing down mountains and dumping into valleys over a 4,500-square-mile area—a swath of land about the size of Connecticut. At last count, the flooding was...

September 16, 2013

Carver Terrace

I spend hours reading articles on photography and obsessively scanning online portfolios in search of new talent. But when it came time to assign our Fall 2013...

September 6, 2013

Earlier today, the U.S. Forest Service released a statement confirming that the two-week-old Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park was sparked by a hunter’s illegal fire that got out of control. That careless hunter—his name hasn’t been released at this time—can now claim responsibility for having started the largest fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and...

August 20, 2013

As a professional photo editor, I don’t watch movies the way most people do. Regardless of the filmmaker’s original intent—to push my buttons, tug at my heartstrings, put me on the edge of my seat, or transport me to an escapist fantasy—my involuntary photo-editor reflexes color my viewing experience. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy movies; it just means that, for me, a degree of...

July 8, 2013

From 1935 to 1944, the Information Division of the U.S. Farm Security Administration (FSA), a rural anti-poverty program designed to help those most severely affected by the Great Depression, sponsored one of the most artistically fruitful and emotionally powerful ...

June 7, 2013

Here’s what we were after: a photo of a surfer dude carrying his board onto the subway or light rail. All in all, I thought, a pretty straightforward image for the cover of OnEarth’s summer issue, for a story that was (among other things) about how Los Angeles is energetically committing itself to becoming a mass-transit city. And, I thought...