An adult male Anna’s-Costa’s hybrid has traits from both parent species.
SPENCER LOWELL
SCIENCE

The Hummingbird Whisperer

They’re tiny and they hover, and they’re one of only three groups of birds that are vocal learners. They sing with their mouths andtheir feathers. No wonder UC Riverside researcher Chris Clark is obsessed with hummingbirds.

ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN MATTOS
COLD CASE

The Lost Galleon of the California Desert

A 17th-century Spanish ship and a fortune in pearls are rumored to be buried in the sand of the Colorado Desert.

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

The Gnome

It started curled up in a little story I overheard: the one about being on drugs out in the woods and finding ...

Russell Chatham at his studio in Marin County, California. ”I paint everything from memory,” he says.
PAIGE GREEN
ALTA Q&A

‘You’re an Artist. That’s What You Do.’

In what would be his final interview, famed landscape painter Russell Chatham tells Alta publisher Will Hearst where he finds inspiration, what it’s like to work on commission, and why Gauguin brought him to tears.

Zuni Café’s brick oven, open kitchen, and airy, industrial-looking dining room helped define the look for a new generation of farm-to-table restaurants 40 years ago.
CRAIG LEE
FOOD & DRINK

The Classics of California Cuisine

These 17 seminal restaurants—some over a century old—have shaped the way we eat and continue to spark new trends.

David Harris draped in a beloved American flag passed down through his family, at his home in Marin County, California, on March 20, 2019.
JASON HENRY
POLITICS

David Harris Might Be Dying, but He Continues to Resist

Few resisters from the Vietnam antiwar era had a bigger impact than David Harris, who inspired generations to have the courage of their convictions. Now dying of cancer, he wants his message heard again.

Junzo Jake Ohara, 84, Takeshi Motoyasu, 84, and Eddie Tetsuji Kato, 86, outside Kato’s Monterey Park, California, home in 2013.
PAUL KITAGAKI JR.
PORTFOLIO

Japanese American Internment Revisited

Paul Kitagaki Jr., the son of Japanese American Internment Camp internees, tracked down survivors to document their experiences for his book Behind Barbed Wire.