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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (Posts #425+)

 NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Since 1998, I have been working to protect southeast Alaska, and the fishery of Bristol Bay. The fishery is an annually renewable, BILLION-dollar-a-year industry that employs thousands and thousands of workers in multiple states. 2021 provided the largest commercial salmon catch in history (64-million+). There is no intelligent reason to allow the proposed development of the Pebble mine to go forward and imperil these resources. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the United Fishermen of Alaska, Trout Unlimited, Trustees For Alaska, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, all oppose the development. Even Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has stated her opposition. The momentum is building. Now is the time to SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE permanently! 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Tuesday, July 5, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #512
NO PEBBLE MINE #512: 
Thanks to Bud Hodson, the owner of Tikchik Narrows Lodge, I got in a lot of flying time above the park. On this particular day, we had peak fall colors, saturated even further by a good deal of rain, and at just this moment the sun has broken through the cloud deck, setting the landscape aglow.

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Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#201+) 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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, July 5, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #306
Tongass, #306:  
Because the Stikine river volume grew during the warmth of the day, and then shrank in the cool of the night, the immediate shoreline was regularly transformed. I walked those banks in the early mornings before the flow would come up, and found many graphically beautiful designs created by the current, and things it deposited.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers (#101+)

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum




After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, July 4, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #255 
Wind Rivers, #255:  
With two days left before we walk out, my posse, and I, decided to revisit the dome gardens. After a good bit of laying around on the little patches of meadow grass, we are finally headed back to camp where dinner will soon be served. I just paused here to once again take in this dramatic view of Temple Peak. We have all decided that tomorrow we are going to go fishing once again at Temple Lake, and spend the day in the shadow of that 12,000ft+ face.

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Weekly Post, GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND: A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic by Robert Glenn Ketchum


 
In 2006, I was invited to participate in a Zegrahm expedition sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. I was to lecture aboard the ship, and to participate onshore, when visiting Inuit communities to discuss the effects of climate change on their lives. The trip would travel along the coast of southeastern Greenland, crossing the Labrador Sea, to the northwest coast of Labrador, and the southwest coast of Baffin Island.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, July 4, 2022 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #91
GLB #91:  
We arrived in the harbor of Iqualuit precisely at the highest tide, so our large party, and all of our gear, were loaded into numerous Zodiacs and taken ashore, allowing our clipper to retreat to deeper water before the tide turned. It was still morning, and our flight home did not leave for several hours, so a bus was arranged to take our luggage to the airport, and we were free to wander about the town. Hysterically, we had street maps to help us find points of interest, but they were useless. Not only were the street names unintelligible, such as Kangiqsliniq, or Niaqunngusiariaq, but all the signage was written in Inuktitut), the Inuit alphabet, which as you can see here is quite bewildering. A humorous several hours was had by all.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Weekly Post, "The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography"

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. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, July 1, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #311
Daze, #311:  
Also in 2004, Cibachrome is taken off the market, and my master printer, Michael Wilder, and I, stop working together. Cibachrome involved a lot of toxic chemistry, and Fuji had developed a new print material, Crystal Archive, that had Cibachrome color qualities, and similar archival permanence, but processed in distilled water. As I was already sponsored by them as a user of their Velvia film, they agreed to underwrite the printing of an exhibit I was designing to be used in the emerging NO PEBBLE MINE campaign.

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An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum




To attempt some interesting kayak adventures, Carey and I needed a camp assistant, so Russell joined us to help.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, July 1, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #22
Glacier Bay #22:  
Passengers aboard the park service catamaran have now been out most of the day. There has been lots of visits to glacial faces to watch calving. We followed roaming bears along the beaches, and we have watched mountain goats grazing in vertical terrain. Birds, and bird rookeries, are everywhere, so we have passed by a lot of them as well. Now, as the sun is beginning to set, it is time to head back to the park service headquarters in Gustavus. This will be a direct run with no further stops, but the views are still fantastic, and at this end of Glacier Bay, we are still surrounded by some considerable summits that are now glowing with late light. Being aboard the all-day catamaran tour of Glacier Bay is one of the best day trips in all of Alaska.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Weekly Post, "Welcome to Hotel California: Some Pictures from My Backyard" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Welcome To Hotel California:  Some Pictures from My Backyard
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


I was born and grew up in Los Angeles. As my professional career developed, I traveled around the world working on various commissions, but seldom had opportunities to work in California. Nonetheless, I always came back “home,” and when there, I occasionally took pictures. For ten years I also taught a photography workshop on the Mendocino coast that provided some great visual moments as well. There is no “project” unifying these images, they are just my way of showing, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”   
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #149
California #149:  
The last post showed part of the garden surrounding my family home on Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air. Now I live on 10th Street in Manhattan Beach, and this part of that garden. Although my clivias are not in a huge bed like in Bel Air, I still have a lot of them scattered all around this property. I also brought most of my epiphytes with me, two large ones you can see hanging here. Some of my epiphytes I have had for more than 20yrs.
 
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The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World by Robert Glenn Ketchum

  The North Pole:  Sitting on Top of the World

by Robert Glenn Ketchum




In 1998, and again in 2002, I had the opportunity to visit The North Pole, Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, and Yuzhny. Both times the journey was made possible aboard a nuclear Russian ice-breaker. These were unusual voyages into a strange-beautiful landscape, like no other on the planet, so hop aboard, and I will take you to some places you might not ever see otherwise.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, June 30, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #37
North Pole #37:  
In this passage, we have open water with a few icebergs, but the sky continues to stream clouds above us, driven by some brisk winds. The cloud deck above the islands is flowing to the left. The one directly in front of me is flowing to the right. Strange days have found us.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Weekly Post, THE SONORAN DESERT: Visiting with Don Juan by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE SONORAN DESERT: 
Visiting with Don Juan
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1988, I was contacted by Luther Propst, Director of the Rincon Institute of Tucson, AZ, who asked me if I could help them devise a campaign to protect a part of Saguaro National Monument from a massive real estate development that would disrupt substantial habitat.  I did so, and we not only succeeded in mitigating the development, we added 30,000 acres to the monument, and got it upgraded to National Park status.  While doing this work, I fell in love with the Sonoran Desert, returning to it repeatedly, and visiting the many varied parts of it in Arizona, Mexico, and Baja, CA.  This is the tale of those visits. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Wednesday, June 29, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #115 
Sonora #115:
There are rock gardens, and then there are gardens with rocks. This is tough terrain to traverse.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Weekly Post, The Cuyahoga River Valley: From Flames to Fame by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY: 
From Flames to Fame
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1986, I was given a commission from the Akron Art Museum and the National Park Service to photograph the recently created Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. My work helped put that location on the map, and since then, the NRA has been upgraded to National Park status, becoming one of the most visited parks in the national system. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Thursday, February 3, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #128
California #128:  
Fort Point in the Presidio of San Francisco, is located at the southern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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