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Monday, May 30, 2016

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!!



Monday, May 30, 2016

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #4:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #4:  As fall gave way to winter in central Idaho, fishing gave way to duck hunting season. The same ranchers my father befriended to fish their property also welcomed him to hunt those same streams and springs in the winter because their open water attracted large numbers of migratory ducks. Here you see my dad in a classic "wait-and-watch" pose. Hiding behind a blind in his one-piece snowsuit, he has one hand on the pump/barrel of his shotgun, and the other in his pocket clenching a hand warmer (LOL). The Wood River Valley is well known for having some pretty cold weather and this morning is one of those. Standing still, waiting, does not help you trying to stay warm. The upside of the cold, however, is some amazing visuals because the open water is warmer than the air so the river is steaming. Some of the steam is turning to prismatic ice crystals in the morning sun and while all of this is constantly shifting around, ducks are flying by you and around you, coming suddenly out of the glare and the mist. You can get a shot off if you see them in time, but ducks are fast and some times they would just appear out of "nowhere" and blow right by us before anyone could move.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Abstract, "Political Participation of Pentecostal Minorities in Chile, 1937–1989" by Miguel Ángel Mansilla and Luis Alberto Orellana

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Political Participation of Pentecostal Minorities in Chile, 1937–1989 
by Miguel Ángel Mansilla and Luis Alberto Orellana

Chilean Pentecostals have been described as passive and politically conformist in their relations with the military government. Instead, there is historical evidence that they have been an active and interactive minority. Pentecostal denominations have participated in political projects associated with leftist political parties. Pentecostal leaders have associated themselves with various political parties as a form of political struggle for recognition, and active Pentecostal organizations resisted and protested during the military government.

Where It All Began: LIMEKILN CREEK by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1967, I discovered Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur Coast in California. Among those redwoods, I had an epiphany as a young artist. As a photographer, most of the skills I would use, I would learn there. Many years later in a mature career, I helped the American Land Conservancy acquire this property for the California State Park system. This is the story of a very personal place.



Monday, May 30, 2016

Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #22
Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #22:  Out of curiosity and over many visits, my friends and I explored all the canyons/streams as they narrowed and climbed ever higher into the Nacimiento meadows of the Big Sur coastal range. Often in the summer, a dense, wet fog would hug the coast and enshroud the canyon and trees making them drip like it was raining. If this lasted most of the day, we abandoned the forest by hiking up through it to the headwaters in the meadows above. At the elevation of the meadows you were above the fog line, often in blazing sunshine. If you study this image, you can see the tip-tops of big redwoods that are emerging from that dark narrow crack of a canyon. That canyon is Limekiln, and REALLY steep, narrow, and rugged at this point. The meadows are also VERY STEEP, but really sunny and a great place to eat, libate, get naked, and party - do pay attention to the poison oak, however.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Abstract, "Political Conflict and Spiritual Battle: Intersections between Religion and Politics among Brazilian Pentecostals" by Carlos Gustavo Sarmet Moreira Smiderle and Wania Amelia Belchior Mesquita

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Political Conflict and Spiritual Battle: Intersections between Religion and Politics among Brazilian Pentecostals 
by Carlos Gustavo Sarmet Moreira Smiderle and Wania Amelia Belchior Mesquita

A new interpretation of Evangelical actors’ increasing participation in Brazilian political and electoral contests is that elements of Pentecostalism predispose a believer to see the world as the site of an eternal struggle between God and Satan. The belief in demons that have territorial jurisdictions, known as territorial spirits, is one aspect of this theology. The cognitive universe of this belief induces the Evangelical voter to make electoral decisions on the basis of religious premises. It teaches the voter to conceive, without much reflection, the spiritual battle and the electoral game as territorial disputes.

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.


Friday, May 27, 2016

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #118
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #118 - 1985 to the Present:   In the growing forest of ever-taller toadstools (I refer to the Jin Mao tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, I was walking one night and I wandered into a park that offered some dramatic views of the towers and the broad avenue. Appropriate to a humid "forest" I suppose, this park had VERY large snails that were also there taking in the night air while watching over the passing humans. Just one more of those odd discoveries around any given corner in Shanghai. I wonder if anyone has tried to eat these yet?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

SILK ROAD - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery practiced by generational families for 3,000 years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Silk Road - Embroideries #175
SILK ROAD #175:   Now, let's return to the entire embroidery considering what we now know about the way it displays. This was post #167 when I first introduced you to this image, but upon second look, if you have been following what we have done, you will notice the rather "flat" black of the tree trunks that is atypical of the luster of silk embroidery. As previous posts illustrated, the trunks have no stitches and have been selectively dyed black, and they become transparent when the lighting is reversed. You have seen the result in the preceding details, now let's look at the whole piece illuminated from behind the screen.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #103
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #103: Now yours truly has caught that silly-smile thing from @YousefKhanfar - it must be the day! Hot, balmy warm winds, guides in shorts and bathing suits, and the spectacle of Alsek Lake that will appear later - a PERFECT trip except for the hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-boat moment on the first day. Now we are about to launch for our drift of the last section of the Tatshenshini and sometime late this afternoon we hope to have lunch on a sandy spit just before entering the lake. If you have been following this blog from the beginning, you will know I have been on that beach before. My last visit found vast amounts of driftwood on the lakeshore side of the spit, lots of evidence of bear, and a panoramic view of Alsek Lake and the north side of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with 15,000ft + Mt. Fairweather dominating the skyline. I can hardly wait to return.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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Abstract, "The Legacy of Liberation Theology in Colombia: The Defense of Life and Territory" by Leila Celis

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The Legacy of Liberation Theology in Colombia: The Defense of Life and Territory 
by Leila Celis

Liberation theology was very important in Latin America between 1970 and 1980. While it is less significant today, it has not disappeared. If we look at Colombia, we can see the pastoral and political commitment of the religious and the laity in various regions as they accompany marginalized communities, victims of government and parastatal violence, in conformity with their preferential option for the poor. Motivated by the crucified Christ, the heirs of liberation theology have developed a theology of life or of human rights. As human rights advocates, they identify among the causes of violence the policies of capitalist development, denounced as imperialist and responsible for the poverty of the majority of the population. This development has its origin in the parallel dynamics of social and international relations and the associated adaptation of the social movement.

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.





Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #193, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #193, Pictures from Ground Zero:   A map view at this point will help putWood-Tikchik State Park in perspective. This map provided to the public by the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources clearly shows how the big, fjord-like lakes have been formed at the foot of the Wood Mountains. Those lakes to the south are closest to the town of Dillingham and are actually reached by a road that comes right to the edge of the park. As you move north through the lake chain, however, you move into ever wilder sections of the park. Near the center of this map you can see Nuyakuk Lake, which has been measured to 900-feet in depth, and many believe is home to a Loch Ness-type creature. Just where that lake narrows and extends to the east (left), you will also see the designated site of Tikchik Narrows Lodge. This will be our base camp for a while as we tour the park's diverse terrain, thanks to the generosity of Bud Hodson and his staff and clients.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #92
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #92:  Well, this is our gamble - we are playing against the highest/lowest tide of the year. At the moment, the tide is running out as the area directly behind the blue tarp IS A BAY and all you can see now is the seaweed covering the rocky bottom. The camp we have chosen has many positives: there are big rocks that won't be washed away that we are using as anchors for the kitchen tarp; the big log had water half way up during last nights tide, BUT DID NOT FLOAT, so we are hoping that will also be the case tonight. It is the ONLY high and dry spot for our gear, besides repacking the boats. It also makes a great kitchen service ledge, and if you have not noticed, it is now the anchor for our kayaks. We KNOW they will float tonight, we are trusting the log does not or they will all be gone in the morning. The tents (just visible in middle, left) are as far back into the dense reeds as we can pitch them, but even there we can see seaweed wound through the grasses, so we know SOME water will reach us, the question is how much? Stay tuned for the answers at 2 a.m.!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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