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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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, October 17, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #60:
THE TONGASS, #60: If you have never been to a town like Petersburg, one that is so dedicated to a fishing economy, it is hard to explain the vibe in the air. It is alive with work, and smells, and sounds. Everyone is busy doing something. Well, except for these birds. They are just waiting for the next sound of splashing from the processing waste pipe, and then they will return to their feeding frenzy. Speaking of which, it is just about that time for us, the guests of the “Observer,” to have dinner as well. With night falling, we retire to the fantail to dine, then after dinner, many of us go ashore. I wander streets lined by VERY tidy homes, many of which display Norwegian flags or Viking banners, and eventually I find myself in a warm, friendly bar surrounded by drunk Norwegian fishermen and their friends, all of whom know each other well. Over the ensuing years I will spend in the Tongass, I will come to realize that Petersburg, is unique - a tight-knit community of people that resists commercial tourism, mining, and industrial logging, and are quite literally living off the land in a very sophisticated way, WITHOUT destroying it!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @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

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, October 17, 2017 


NO PEBBLE MINE #266, Pictures from Ground Zero:  
NO PEBBLE MINE #266:  This POV is still from the top of the sloping, stone-faced dome, east of Tikchik Narrows Lodge, which I have ascended as the first adventure in my day of exploring the area by snowmobile. The previous post looks in the opposite direction, out over the “lower” end of Wood-Tikchik State Park. This one gazes into the foothills surrounding the big lakes and the Wood River mountains. If you follow the curve of a valley, starting in the upper, left-third of this image, you can see it swing to the right, disappearing behind the foreground hills. Back there somewhere is gigantic, completely frozen over, Nuyakuk Lake, over 20-miles long, and some places as much as 2-miles wide. Beyond that, the “interior.” If you compare this post and the last, you will also note that the snow depth is quite different, depending upon the direction in which you are looking. Were I to go in this direction for my day of “discovery,” the terrain is more challenging and dangerous, and the snow depth presents risk that will only increase as I go farther into the ranges, because it will continue to get deeper. BUT, it is becoming quite sunny in that direction, with no signs of further weather at the moment, so I decide that I will turn back towards the mountains and attempt to carefully negotiate my way across this landscape and to the edge of the lake, where I MIGHT be able to gain access to the true backcountry of the park.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd




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Monday, October 16, 2017

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 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, October 16, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #76:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #76:  Our view of Duncan Ridge (11,755ft) is brief, but generates much hooting. When the clouds close back down and the view vanishes, we return our attention to extracting Peter from his “powder pit.” (If you have ever tried to stand and put your skis on in deep powder, you understand how much he is struggling.) I sense the moment we have just experienced is the start of something, and then the snowfall also begins to abate. A few minutes go by, then again the grey haze of clouds seems to sink into the valley below us, opening blue sky above. It is not terribly windy on our ridge, but we can see the clouds out over the valley being blown, turbulently. It is a hazy glow that first attracts my attention, then it begins to have definition, and like Duncan Ridge previously, I watch Cobb (11,650ft) appear as if by magic, and just shimmer there in the sky, massive wind-driven snow banners streaming of its ridgeline. The crew is going crazy! There is some VERY SERIOUS braying amongst us,..and then I find my 300mm lens.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @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, October 16, 2017
“Trans-Magellanic Borealis”
circa 1985-1995
Stoned Immaculate, #50:
Immaculate, #50:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE
This image has been printed once at the size of 48”x 70” cibachrome and is in the collection of the Huntington Library, Museum, and Gardens in Los Angeles.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekly Post, 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, October 13, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #67:
Daze, #67: Backtracking slightly. chronologically. with my numerous events and adventures of the 70’s, before I begin my summers in Wyoming, my colleagues in the DFC&FC and I, often joined by others, spend a lot of time backpacking and backcountry skiing in the ranges surrounding the Wood River Valley and Sun Valley, ID. The Pioneers are, quite literally, in our backyard, and it takes the least amount of time to get to these trailheads, so we go there often. Besides numerous visits to Pioneer Cabin, the last roads of abuse my 327 Camaro suffers, are repeated drives up Trail Creek into the Bedstead and the access to numerous trails - I think we even forge water that comes under the car door - LOL. A classmate from UCLA, and now life-long friend and fellow artist, Doug Metro, joins me for several first-of-fall days camping at Boulder Lake; Jon Davis and Michael Holmes, similarly now, life-long friends, join me in a search for the last and highest lake in Wild Horse; and most of all there is Kane Lake. Kane is a favorite destination of the DFC&FC for many reasons, and so we visit often. The lake, waterfalls, and surrounding meadows are spectacular for sure, but we also spend a great deal of time ABOVE Kane Lake in a very different terrain. From that higher elevation there is very dramatic summit access, but our best kept secret that is we, the members of the DFC&FC, knew the resident Hamadryades, and they REALLY liked us, so they came out to play whenever we arrived.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
@RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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