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Back in the Field

Michael Brown (left) with two of his students

Thunder cracks in the distance. Bolts of lightning illuminate the Colorado sky in flashes of pink. A warm breeze touches my skin, and the remnants of last night’s storm roll through our creek-side camp. It’s 2:32 a.m. Shadows scurry back and forth — gathering gear, disassembling tents, making tiny packets of oatmeal, downing instant coffee, fiddling with camera equipment and making last-minute adjustments to backpacks. Silence dominates the darkness, but excitement and nerves percolate palpably below the surface. Thirty minutes later, we gather and begin snaking through the black forest as a unit, guided only by tiny lights, intuition and […]

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