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Friday, May 20, 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, May 20, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #305
Daze, #305:  
Novaya Zemlya is actually two islands only barely divided. The northernmost is Severny, and the southern end is Yuzhny We went ashore on Severny, and here we are coptering above Yuzhny. Severny hosts an Arctic tern nesting area on the rock-strewn shoreline, and the terns don’t build nest, they just lay their eggs in the open amongst the rocks. Because the eggs are SO exposed, the terns protect them fiercely. On this visit, the guards that normally watched for polar bears, stood on a small bluff above the shore, to prevent guests from going down there. One of the terns, however, didn’t appreciate a particular guard, and attacked him, splitting open his forehead with a beak stab that required stitches to close up.

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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, May 20, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #16
Glacier Bay #16:  
As I mentioned in an early post to this blog, being on the national park service’s catamaran offers up some breathtaking “reveals.” Our boat will be paralleling a big face that suddenly ends, and gives way to a deep bay. In this case, as we emerge from behind a 9,000ft. wall, the bay reveals an 11,000ft. summit generating glaciers on two sides that merge together at tidewater, and are actively calving, filling the bay with sizable icebergs.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

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, May 19, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #31
North Pole #31:  
This island is one of the most verdant of all. It is easy enough to get around because there are plenty of rocks to walk upon, almost none of which host lichens, but in between the rocks, the island floor is smothered by a deep, lush carpet of multi-colored mosses, and there is water quite close to the surface beneath them, draining downslope from the melting icecap above - an Arctic Garden of Eden!

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Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #109 
Sonora #109:
Incoming weather above the Sea of Cortez, enhances the water color in this bay.

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Weekly Post, GETTING LOOPY: Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

One of the greatest camping and hiking circuits to drive in the entire country, starts from my home in Los Angeles, passes through Nevada, into Utah, and on to Arizona, before heading back to LA. Along the way you can visit 3 state parks, 6 national parks, 1 national monument, and 1 national recreation area. If you wanted to put in some extra miles, you could add another national park, 2 more national monuments, and 2 more national recreation areas. I will call out the latter as we pass them, but my images will introduce you to all of the former. Come take a drive with me!





Wednesday, May 18, 2022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #55
GETTING LOOPY, #55:  
The wet, overnight snowfall in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, decorated every branch, leaf, and blade of grass with a crystal powder.

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Tuesday, May 17, 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, May 17, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #505
NO PEBBLE MINE #505: 
This is Tikchik Mountain, overlooking Tikchik Lake, with the much larger Nuyakuk Lake in the distance. Tikchik Narrows Lodge, where I am staying, is built on the peninsula of land coming in from the right, between the two lakes. The foreground here is a beautiful wetlands complex, that would be a nightmare to navigate on the ground, but spectacular to see from above.

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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, May 17, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #299
Tongass, #299:  
Off the mountain, we hit the road leading back to the Thunderstorm homestead just as it got dark. Shortly thereafter, we had another good meal, and then went to bed early because the next day we would assemble the kayaks, and begin our float down the Stikine River, With kayaks prepped, and packed, Carey is making last minute adjustments to her paddling wardrobe, and then we are off. The river has a strong, fast current, so we move right along, but it will still be 10-days before we reach the Tongass, and southeast Alaska.

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Monday, May 16, 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, May 16, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #248 
Wind Rivers, #248:  
After a brief swim session, the afternoon is getting on, so it is time to head down to Black Joe Lake and traverse the far side. We are still 6-miles from camp, but no one seems the worse for wear, and the youngest of us, the two girls, seem to have been invigorated by the cold water, so they lead the pack. The far side of the lake has a very navigable trail, so there will be no arduous bouldering until the climb over the dome at the very end. It should be a relatively pleasant late afternoon hike.

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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, May 16, 2022 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #84
GLB #84:  
Lower Savage Island is much smaller than Resolution Island, and also not so vertical. The rain squalls have broken off, and a fog is forming around the upper part of the island. A brisk wind is freezing cold, and making the surface of the bay quite choppy, but I think all of that will calm down when we enter the more sheltered Iqaluit Bay. The bay is quite long, so we will navigate half of it today, then drop a protected anchor behind some small islands for dinner, and to overnight. Tomorrow we will proceed the rest of the way to the town of Iqaluit. We are also doing this to accommodate the tide. The head of the bay in front of Iqaluit is quite shallow, and goes dry at low tide. The next high tide will be around 11a.m. tomorrow, and we hope to ride in with it, getting as close to the village as we can before disembarking.

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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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