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This morning, I walked through a grove of winter aspens. Bare branches offered no shimmering summer green, no quivering, iridescent autumn gold. But no season can remove the trees’ dark eyes. Framed by arching eyebrows, communicative as the eyebrows on a human face, the aspens’ eyes are always watching. Are the trees waiting for some sort of word? What word will satisfy a tree? I’ve been reading a lot, lately, about how trees communicate. Nowhere, though, has anyone mentioned the eyes of...

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In Depth

 “Live bait.” 

That’s what today’s training is called. More properly, “tethered rescue” — an advanced swift-water technique for rescuing unresponsive victims from whitewater situations. The rescuer swims aggressively into fast-moving water in a specialized life jacket, tethered by a rope to a second rescuer on shore. The swimmer catches the victim and is swung back to shore by their partner. If anything goes haywire, the rescuer can pull a quick-release ripcord, be free of the tethering rope and move on to Plan B. It’s complicated, it’s tricky, and if you haven’t trained to do it, it’s dangerous. But it’s also incredibly effective, so we practice it. Over and over and over.

We’re on a guide-training trip with Canyon Explorations and Canyoneers, two of the dozen or so Grand Canyon river operators. Swift-water training is but one of many fields we’re covering: geology, biology and archaeology...

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Photograph by Dawn Kish

History, Nature & Culture

History

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) dates to 1833, when French law student Frédéric Ozanam started the Conference of Charity to help impoverished communities in Paris....

PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Nature

Elk

Depending on the time of year, elk (Cervus canadensis) can easily be spotted in Arizona’s high country, notably in the ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests on the South...

Photograph by Bruce D. Taubert

Culture

Laura Gilpin was born on the north side of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1891. At an early age, she was drawn to photography. Her father, perhaps glimpsing the talent she...

Photographs: Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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