The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.
Salt Lake City, Utah, was the seventh most polluted city in the world last Friday, shrouded in smoke from California wildfires.
Western wildfires have blanketed normally pristine landscapes with smoke. What's a photographer to do?
The American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.
Arches National Park in southeastern Utah is being loved to death, and the park service is scrambling to manage the attention.
As the pandemic wanes in the United States, the crowds have returned to Yellowstone National Park.
We are living in the Great Age of Panoramas, with super wide angle photography permeating our everyday lives.
Colorful Western mining towns where the ancestors of many Americans once flocked to seek their fortunes have become upscale tourist meccas for outdoor adventure.
The Great Salt Lake, along with other saline lakes worldwide, is drying out. Preserving and restoring won't come cheap.
Mini orchards are part of a global movement to make urban environments greener and improve air quality as well as helping stabilize food supplies.
Japan's annual cherry blossom season conveys a timely message of renewal, transience and death in a year of global tragedy.
The history of La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California, is a cautionary tale about the consequences of environmental damage, epidemics and racial inequality.
Wrapping gifts beautifully can help take the edge off of social distancing during the holidays.
Exit polls showed that many voters saw boosting the economy and controlling the pandemic as competing goals, but experts say they need to happen in tandem.
We take a (semi)-humorous look at what a Saturday afternoon outing is like in the fall of 2020.
Urban nature trails are more important than ever as other exercise and recreation venues have been closed.
The field of data-based infographics is helping the world see, understand and respond to the invisible threat of the pandemic.
Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.
It's springtime in Utah's Rockies. Photographer Forrest Anderson captured the stunning scenery.
Sheltering at home has been accompanied by an outpouring of creativity that can help us cope with adversity and shape our future.
Dozens of experts’ analysis of long-term trends can help us identify the challenges and opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A resurgence of gardening has accompanied sheltering at home during the pandemic, invoking victory gardens of the two world wars.
A worldwide Good Friday fast to stem COVID-19 prompts a global, interdenominational outpouring of anguish and participation.
Need a five-minute stress reliever while sheltering at home? See these photos of my beautiful mountain village of Mapleton, Utah.
Gardening can be a good way to relieve stress and get fresh air during the coronavirus shutdown. Here are a new tool and tips.
Yaquina Head, Ore., has one of the Pacific Coast’s premier tide pool observation sites, a lighthouse and seal and seabird colonies.
Meditation is the theme of the Ryoanji dry rock garden. Find out why the garden inspires meditation and how to meditate.
Utah's spectacular scenery harbors one of the world's most complete and diverse dinosaur fossil records.
Costco's rotisserie chicken is among the most popular foods. Learn why and its environmental impact, plus recipes using it.
The trade war with China. Environment degradation. Household debt. To bring all of them into focus, we can look in our closets.
The colorful annual mountain men rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, commemorates the 19th century global fur trade.
Japanese carpenters say that wood gets a new life when it is made into a new form. See some new of these new lives.
The mammoth Colorado River is the lifeblood of the southwest United States, supplying water and power for cities and agriculture.
Architect Kengo Kuma's village at the Portland Japanese Garden blends modern architecture with traditional Japanese design.
Despite tough bans on ivory trade, Africa's elephants are declining in numbers because of poaching and trafficking of illegal ivory.
Utah state and local governments and organizations are chipping in to keep national parks operating during the government shutdown.
The Utah population boom, fueled by economic growth and an image of a healthy, family-friendly state, is expected to be long-term.
The daughter of a firefighter who died while working at a U.S. Forest Service camp reflects on fire crews fighting the deadly California fires.
Are record wildfires the new norm in the West? As fires threaten homes and communities, here are answers to questions about them.
We were charmed by the beautiful gates that are the entrance to homes in Kyoto and Nara, Japan, so we decided to make our own.
To carve space for our office out of a larger living space, we built an arch and cabinets out of old reclaimed beams.
One of the Intermountain West’s most beautiful gardens is at the Point of the Mountain between Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah.
Of all creatures, only birds have feathers. These delicate, sophisticated, beautiful structures perfectly combine form and function.
Making a fireplace mantel from a reclaimed log requires mounting it so the supporting wall will bear its weight.
Imagine you're sitting in Los Angeles traffic on a hot day. Take a break and head for a cool green oasis - Suihoen Japanese Garden
The Volkswagen Beetle was among the most iconic designs of the 20th century because it was affordable, simple and cute.
The Wasatch Back is the chief year-round playground for residents of the booming Wasatch Front in Utah.
A wierd and wonderful cave system holds the heart of Mt. Timpanogos, near Provo, Utah.
Nails had to be extracted from reclaimed timbers to be used in constructing The Thoughtful House.
Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah is an adventure for all seasons.
The Thoughtful House will use some recycled timber from a pioneer cabin.
Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay is rich in history but shrinking in land and population.
Watch our video of a skilled crew building the foundation for The Thoughtful House.
Carmel, California, demonstrates how design, planning and environmentalism can enhance a small town.
Changes in the air, the light and the sounds all add up to a new perspective.
Construction begins on The Thoughtful House after four years of planning and preparation.
Enhance your life and dig deeper with apps and books
The Enough Stuff inventory app for iOS helps you keep track of how much you have of items so you don't buy more of them than you need.
The all-in-one iOS app that's a gardening calendar, gardening journal, gardening to-do list and source of gardening information.
The iOS app that helps you keep track of what tasks you need to do and when to do them to maintain your home well all year long.