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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #48:
THE TONGASS, #48:  We anchor toward the far-end of the bay for the night, and there is a good bit of boating around in various ways before dark, as everyone wants to inspect the cove, look for game, or go fishing. As with many places that are new, it takes me awhile to absorb everything that is going on:  the exploring; the numerous waterfalls; some shoreline-scavenging bears we come across; eagles are everywhere (and their shrill cries echo around the fjord walls); and, the forest is dense and studded with massive trees. Back aboard “Observer”, having had our evening adventure and dinner, I am sitting outside in a deck chair watching the sunset, and it suddenly dawns on me how big these walls really are. They are so lush with vegetation and so streaked by streaming falls, they aren't like Yosemite, so much, as they remind me of the massive Garden Wall across which runs the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Gut Bay could be a park by any standard, but here in Alaska it is just another deep cove on the map.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thank you to the EPA for recognizing the value of the Bristol Bay fishery. 
NOW, what can we do to protect this habitat further? 
Mission: To protect the national parks and national refuges of southwest Alaska, 
and the Bristol Bay fishery from the development of the Pebble mine, and other commercial risks.




Tuesday, July 25, 2017 


NO PEBBLE MINE #254, Pictures from Ground Zero:  
NO PEBBLE MINE #254:  To reach my winter base camp at Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Wood-Tikchik State Park, the owner, Bud Hodson, and I fly from Anchorage to the lodge in his small private plane. The lodge is closed, but I will stay at Bud’s nearby home. The plan is for me to use lodge equipment, like a snowmobile and sled, to explore whatever land-based imagery I can access. Additionally, a bear guide currently living on-property, preparing for hunting season, will take me flying in his scout plane that purportedly will afford me a “fantastic” platform to shoot from flying low and slow. At the moment, however, Bud and I have come over the Alaska range and into Southwest. The view below the wings on my last trip out was of vast expanses of tundra with streams and ponds. Now there is just a rolling, white plain occasionally punctuated by small tree clusters. Weather is streaming through, and spots of sunlight scroll across the landscape, but there is little to “spotlight.” As we approach the park, though, things begin to change. The mountains rise; clusters of dark pines pop up here and there; the weather becomes more pronounced; and, the light grows more dramatic. In COUNTLESS MILES now, and in every direction, I can see no sign of human presence. It feels VERY remote, AND as we enter the park and head towards the lodge, the taller mountains, and the bigger lakes, it will only seem MORE so.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd



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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flat Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures.  Enjoy!!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, July 24, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #64:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #64:  Handwerk Peak is to the immediate right, and I have always thought it looks like the rear view of a lizard whose legs are splayed behind him (iguana-style). Its spine is the ridge leading to the summit, which has the shape of a head with a pointed nose. According to Gordon, our destination for the day is the high basin to the left, sitting just below the snow line, AND, he says, “we can get there in a simple traverse.” The Pioneers are a VERY DIFFERENT kind of mountain from the Sawtooths and Gordon is enjoying “introducing” us to this range that the DF&FC consider their backyard. The Sawtooths show a lot of notable, clean granite walls and summits, and although there are certainly boulder fields, it is seldom just shattered scree. The Pioneers are more weathered and completely shattered, all the way to their summits. Although there is plenty of granite, there is an awesome amount of scree and rubble as well, as you can see from the foreground ridge summit in post #62. Our path for the day, lies along an extension of that same ridge, running off to the left in this picture. The weathered limber pine along our route is spectacular, but so are some of the steep and unexpected scree ravines we encounter, that cause as to adjust our traverse line. Long hikes offer all day conversations about nearly anything, but as all of us except for Gordon are relatively newcomers to this terrain, he interjects our conversations with various stories and credos. The primary lesson for the day is “Never rise or fall more than you have to,” in reference to our line of traverse. Because the traverse is rugged, and always sloping left-to-right, Gordon also refers to our hike of step-forward, slide-two-steps-down as “sidehill granthing.” Well, sidehill granth we do!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"





Monday, July 24, 2017

Stoned Immaculate, #38:
Immaculate, #38:  The, if I step back, there are new considerations. Walls and caves display killer color, but they also offer a kind of sculptural convolution that attracts me as I envision that perfect framing and printing will offer the illusion of the print surface having relief. I am also fairly certain that if I do print and exhibit these, viewers will say that these colors are altered. Most of us have seen images of strange, colored rocks in some desert, somewhere, BUT THIS spectacle is quite different. There are colors here I have NEVER seen elsewhere, and they are combined with a stunning array of textures, and some rock configurations that defy logic. Trying to work out my ideas, I do bring some of these images into print (posts #11 & #29), but the size of the print I would like to make is limited because I am shooting 35mm film. Also, the public seems to like, and buy, the “flatter” more colorful images, and some tell me they find the more sculptural subjects too “powerful.” What does that even mean?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lumière Gallery, PICTURES IN MOTION featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum, et al

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
@RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
Photography Exhibit at Lumière Gallery, Atlanta
NOW ON VIEW UNTIL AUGUST 25, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Life in the Garden of Eden by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My Life in the Garden of Eden
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As part of paying the bills in my professional career, I photographed a number of significant gardens. I helped create several pretty amazing ones as well. Some of these pictures have been published in various books, but most have never been seen. In this blog, I will show you all my best garden images AND discuss garden design.




Friday, July 21, 2017


My Life in the Garden of Eden, #55:
Garden, #55:  Using the Hippeastrum lilies to create a “natural” retaining wall for the paths on hillside of my former home in west Los Angeles was a stroke of unintentional genius (AND it saved a LOT of money). The huge bulbs of the lilies completely eliminated the incentive of the chip path to slip downhill, and as the new leaves / new bulbs grew, the “wall” became ever more dense. Deep layers of chip stayed in place, killing off weeds and the remaining invasive plants that might have grown through, and as the chip deteriorated organically, it created soil conditions in which the lilies thrived. Even with limited watering, the lilies seemed to survive the VERY hot summers on west-facing slopes with virtually no shade, and in the winter, when viewed from the house, they were so lush, green, and uniform in height they had the appearance of a hedge. Along about Easter, however, the lily “hedge” was an entirely different show. Not your average retaining wall !!! AND they make great cut flowers in the house (as you see, we had enough to use in that way - LOL).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robeert Glenn Ketchum







Friday, July 21, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #55:
Daze, #55:  There are two good ski photographers that I know, who live and work in the Sun Valley area, Steve Marks and Bill Rousey. My friend, Gary Brettnacher, who photographs a lot of the Utah resorts, comes here occasionally as well. I tell David Moe I am interested in contributing to the start-up ski magazine, POWDER, that he and his bother, Jake, are trying to create, but given all the photographers I just mentioned who would cover the “normal” ski stories, I suggest to him that the DFC&FC and I could do “backcountry” stories for the magazine, and show other unusual places you might not think to ski. Of course, such stories involve some downhill skiing, but these types of stories are NOT about downhill skiing, and NO OTHER MAGAZINES EVER COVER these kinds of stories. David does not think we can do it in every issues, but he agrees to try my idea out. Simultaneously, all of this energy around my work has been supported in part by Tom Curran of Sun Valley Realty, who has used my 4-season imagery to decorate his VERY public offices. Not long after meeting David Moe and starting my relationship with POWDER, Tom asks me if I would like to work at another resort he hopes to develop like Sun Valley. It is located in Whitefish, Montana, and called Big Mountain. It overlooks Whitefish Lake, the Flathead Valley, and the Bitteroot Range, and is adjacent Glacier National Park. On the backside of Big Mountain is an area known in the winter as “The Fantasy Forest.” Those are my tracks moving through that forest (above) and you are looking towards the Bitteroots and Glacier. When Tom offers me this opportunity, it not only provides material for POWDER magazine, it gives me the chance to explore Glacier National Park. Once again, “Suggestions to travel are dancing lessons from God."
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
@RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WEEKLY POST: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands: Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #28:
The Yakutat Forelands, #28:  The angle of the setting sun at this ridiculous hour of the night (probably around 11pm) is causing the fall-colored forelands, radiate with a golden glow. I can also see what our pilot, Mike Ivers, meant when he called this a ”moose hunter’s knoll.” From this vantage point, and with clear weather such as we are starting to have, you can view quite a vast expanse of the forelands, and you certainly would notice anything moving around. Immediately below our knoll is an especially “attractive” area for moose because there is a lot of browse and numerous kettle ponds for water and wading. The three of us fall silent (except for the click of my shutter), as the rich tones seem to intensify with every minute the sun drops lower on the horizon. I suspect Mark and Carey are also trying to wrap their minds around all of the things that have happened to us during this amazing day. I certainly am.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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