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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.





Wednesday, February 21, 2018


ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #80:
ARCTIC, #80:  Space station calling NASA, we are coming up on Jamaica! It is a very clear day with only a few clouds in the sky. You should see this view! In our real world, one thing John Bockstoce and I note, is the darkening color of the ocean. It may also seem that because these images do not show much ice, that perhaps we will not have any encounters at Cape Victoria, or thereafter, but that is an illusion. We are flying near shore at the moment, and further out we can clearly see the menace of an increasing pack ice presence, so “Itasca” is definitely going to have that encounter. At the moment, however, we are just “flying with our mouths open” as we traverse this most unusual Arctic landscape.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekly Post, 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, February 20, 2018

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #78:
THE TONGASS, #78:  Philip and I wander down onto various float plane docks to inspect both their prices AND the care of their aircraft. I am still relatively nervous about flying in small planes, but the flights I have had, have all been wonderful, so I am willing to go again. At one point we are reading posted prices, and a man in the small office asks me about my cameras. I explain our mission and he says he is the only pilot in this company, and he has only one plane, BUT most of his clients are logging contract deliveries to other islands, or flight-seeing tourists over Misty Fjords National Monument which he assures us he knows well. He has VERY reasonable prices, AND he will open my window in flight so I may shoot with no obstruction. Not all planes/pilots can/will do that for me. This seems like our guy, so we plan to do an overflight with him the next day if we have good weather. Philip and I are very excited, and so, continue our exploration of the waterfront more leisurely with part of our mission accomplished. Tonight we will have dinner with Dale Pihlman.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!






Tuesday, February 20, 2018 

NO PEBBLE MINE #284, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #284:  One strange valley leads to another, and another, and still I sense us moving deeper into the Wood Mountain range of Wood-Tikchik State Park as our flight continues. The sky is relatively clear, and it is stunningly cold in the open-sided airplane, but the view is AMAZING to say the least. We come to a kind of vibrant intersection of several valleys, and there is an island of visible pines as well as a lot of leafless growth along the numerous riverbanks. The larger broader flows are headed back toward the lower end of the park from whence we have come, but my pilot thinks the weather is good enough that we might do something else entirely,..and he makes a left turn, up THIS VALLEY! As best I can tell, we are now headed to the North Pole - LOL! As you can see, this is an ascending valley, crowned by some significant peaks. Note the summits in the far distance, just to the right of the river,..you will see them again shortly, but from a very different perspective.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekly Post, 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 Flats 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, February 19, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #94:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #94:  Trying to find the best place to put our camp has many considerations. We want to have some cover if it storms, so being near a tree group is good. Having water close by is also good, and ideally we should locate near the main stream coming from above us, so that we can explore and follow it up in the coming days. Our biggest concern, also causes our most difficult choice, and that is where to camp that will not crush the AMAZING meadow bloom - at which point, we arrive here! Water! Beautiful! Probably the main waterflow coming from above! And, just beyond the fallen tree, a relatively large, level area, semi-sheltered and not blooming so intensely as elsewhere. The gods provide. Michael keeps muttering, “This is trippy! I have never seen anything like this!"
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post, 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, February 19, 2018
“Chicxulub Shockwave K-Pg"
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #68:
Immaculate, #68:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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