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Friday, November 26, 2021

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





Friday, November 26, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #89
Cuyahoga #89:  
A field abloom in the steamy summer heat of early morning.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

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, November 25, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #118
California #118:  
You don’t want to get too close to this, the leaf edges are lined with razor sharp barbs. A wild thing in the garden of The Huntington Art Museum, Library, and Gardens, San Marino.

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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, November 25, 2021

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #6
North Pole #6:  
When the copter returned (last post), they reported seeing no open water, so the plan of attack for the day was to increase the boat speed and crush our way through, and when I say crush, I mean exactly that. Taking a circle flightsee around our boat, this picture captures the modest action we are practicing. You can see the plates breaking apart as the Sovetski Soyuz rams into them. The ice cover here is 6-12” thick, but in two days, we would find ourselves amidst plates that are several feet thick, and regularly our forward progress would grind to a halt, so the captain would have to back up, get a new head of steam, and then ram forward for a few more feet. It was an exhausting process, and why I refer to the effort here as “modest."

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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, November 24, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #84 
Sonora #84:
Some of the islands in the Sea of Cortez had shorelines of sand, others were rock rubble, or shell rubble, and some were just rock ledges. Here is a peculiar island with rock ledges for its shoreline, but I say peculiar because there are so many different rocks involved. The actual ledge is black, and probably basaltic. The orange rocks and walls, are likely sandstone, and the brown, honeycombed rocks in the middle might as well be meteorites. Hey, anything can happen, this is the domain of Don Juan!

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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, November 24, 2021

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #29
GETTING LOOPY, #29:  
The off-season weather that rolls through Zion National Park, not only delivers an occasional layer of snow on the spires and faces, but in the passing weather there are some very dramatic light shows that fleet across the canyon walls. There are two Zions as far as I am concerned, an upper, and a lower. Out of Springdale, Hwy. #9, literally runs through the park, paralleling the Virgin River on the valley floor, and the rising into upper Zion though the Zion Mount-Carmel Tunnel(s). Spurring off of Hwy. #9, Floor of the Valley Road, carries you deeply into Zion canyon, and to Zion National Park Lodge. The lodge is quite nice, and there is a small village around it that offers shops and restaurants. This road also goes past the lodge, taking you to many of the famous locations in the park, such as Angel’s Landing, Refrigerator Canyon, Weeping Rock Trail, and the park’s best known attraction, The Narrows, a stunning hike, done partially IN the shallow waters of the Virgin River.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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, November 23, 2021

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #480
NO PEBBLE MINE #480: 
As you can see, there is a great, and colorful, mix of boulder debris along the river banks. Some of these are hard stones that have been rounded and polished as they were swept downstream, others have tumbled down from the hillsides, as the river cut the banks, and the rains eroded the slopes. Within all of this, there is a good bit of pumice, porous stones so light, that many of them can float. They are especially odd to pick up, as even large ones weigh very little. This is a strange terrain to explore, but if you come to Katmai National Park to see the bears, and you do not take the daytrip to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, you are missing out on a great visual experience.

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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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, November 23, 2021
THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #274
Tongass, #274:  
At the end of Lisianski Inlet is a stretch of old growth forest floor that runs through a valley for several miles and then opens onto Hoonah Sound. Hoonah Sound forms a shoreline of Chichagof Island which offers many square miles of Roadless area old growth forests. Our plane will take us from Earl’s home in the Inlet, through this valley, and into Hoonah Sound, where it will deliver us to a boat that awaits us in one of the sound’s bays. Unfortunately for Bart, he HATES small planes, so he has not been looking forward to this transfer. What is worse, the morning of our pick-up arrives with weather, and low clouds. As a consequence, we fly through the valley relatively blind, but the pilot is not worried because the flight path is a straight line. Nonetheless, Bart breathes a GREAT sigh of relief when Hoonah Sound comes into view (above).

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Monday, November 22, 2021

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, November 22, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #223 
Wind Rivers, #223:  
Our trip into the Wind River Range when Travis was 8yrs.-old must have left an impression, because when my daughter, Talja, turned 8yrs.-old, Travis came to me and said he thought we should take her on a similar trip. At this point, I am just a few months shy of 60, and I am wondering if this is a good idea, but he did have my interest. I was also divorcing their mother, and I thought that perhaps a GREAT road trip would be a good way to spend time with them, so I set about some planning. We now owned a black lab, named LiLi, but that should not be a problem, because for 3yrs. in the early 70’s, I backpacked all through the range with my first black lab, Belle Star. It also happened that a couple we made friends with through school, had a son Travis’ age, and a daughter that was Talja’s, and, they too, were getting divorced, so I asked the wife if she wanted to meet us in Pinedale, and join in a gang-camp. She was quite fit, and thinking about moving to Aspen, so she liked the idea and said yes. I took my tribe to Sun Valley first to get in some local day-hiking with my old friend, Gordon Williams, whom I wanted my kids to meet, then we continued on to Pinedale, where we spent a couple of days adjusting to the altitude, while staying at the Log Cabin Motel, the spectacular grouping of cabins that I staged my backpacks from in the 70’s. Here is my entourage in 2007, on the porch of our cabin.

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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, November 22, 2021

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #59
GLB #59:  
Out in the open waters of the Labrador Sea, and headed north to the Button Islands, the late evening sunset was glowing up the sky in a BIG way. There were layers of clouds in every shade imaginable, and there was a light band of sea fog that sunlight struck directly, turning it in to a ribbon of golden haze. Usually at this hour, I am the only one out on deck, and the rest are having after-dinner drinks in the main salon/saloon, but not tonight. THIS skyshow has brought most of them out - of course, they have their cocktails with them.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

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, November 19, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #279
Daze, #279: 
Hall Island is part of the Franz Josef archipelago. Most of the island is covered by an ice dome, but the southern tip, Cape Tegetthoff, is ice-free, so it was a chance for all the guest to go ashore and explore what appeared to be a stark, rocky terrain. To everyone’s surprise, however, once we landed and crossed over the gravel stone beach, the tundra was quite verdant. Clusters of wildflowers were blooming everywhere, and where the meltwater was flowing, extravagant, lush mosses of red and green, covered all the rocks. The Arctic breeze of the afternoon was quite chill, but most of us were tired of being stuck on the ship, so we lingered into the day, until the light started to fade. I covered several miles in my circular walk around, and in combination with the breeze, I was toast by the end of the day. It was good to get back to the warmth of the ship, and a drink in the bar.

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