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Friday, January 14, 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, January 14, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #287
Daze, #287:  
Also in 1999, the work I created during my commission to photograph the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden was published as “Nature’s Kaleidoscope”. I had been specifically asked to concentrate a good bit of my work on native species, a feature of the garden, but that covered a lot of variety from oak trees, to poppies, numerous succulents, and aloes. Because I visited many times, and shot a large portfolio of images, my pictures constituted a substantial portion of the publication, including the cover, and the frontispiece.

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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, January 14, 2022

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #96
Cuyahoga #96:  
Doubling down on the trippy (last post).

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Thursday, January 13, 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, January 13, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #125
California #125:  
4th of July morning at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco.

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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, January 13, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #13
North Pole #13:  
Before any of us can disembark, however, the protocol is that the crew arms itself, deploys onto the ice, and warily creates a perimeter in which we will be allowed to mill around. Their purpose is to assure no one is surprised by a polar bear. As you can see, the surface of the ice features many ridges and big blocks, and polar bears are skillful “sneak” hunters, who cleverly get down on their stomachs and crawl slowly along, using the blocks and ridges to hide behind. We have been instructed that if anyone of the perimeter guards fires a shot, we are all to get back onboard as quickly as possible, as it means a bear has been spotted.

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Wednesday, January 12, 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, January 12, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #91 
Sonora #91:
None the less, for all my diss about attacks from spiny plant life, when an island is abloom, it is a glorious thing to see. It can also be a very fleeting thing to see. The flowering vegetation flourishes after a rain, but these islands in the Sea of Cortez are Sonoran desert, and cloudless days can be blazingly hot. When that kind of heat follows a bloom, it tends to wilt, or literally burn away, the new flowers. These plants, and their pollinators, are used to such cycles, however, so they have adapted, and a landscape such as this is abuzz with activity, trying to get what they need before the heat dries up the resources.

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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, January 12, 2022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #37
GETTING LOOPY, #37:  
The dramatic domes and backcountry of Zion National Park are obvious to all visitors. The exotic trail system is also a very public pleasing aspect of a park visit. But aside from driving around it, and walking the established trails, I like to go up into the second tier of the park, the high mesas, and wander completely off trail, wherever the terrain allows. It is not all vertical, and the sandstone shelves make getting around “a walk in the park."

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Tuesday, January 11, 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, January 11, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #487
NO PEBBLE MINE #487: 
The ranges that comprise a good part of Lake Clark National Park, and those mountains that surround Lake Clark itself, draw in some fierce weather (above), not only from the Pacific, but also from northern Alaska. When flying into Port Alsworth from Anchorage, rather than trying to climb above the ranges, most pilots, especially of small planes, fly through what is known as Lake Clark Pass, which begins at the end of Little Lake Clark, and winds through a deep valley surrounded by ice-capped summits, eventually opening onto Cook Inlet, not far from Anchorage. Traversing the pass during bad weather is frightening to say the least, and in fact, many have died on such flights, particularly during the winter months.

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