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Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #511
NO PEBBLE MINE #511: 
This is Mirror Bay, another part of Nuyakuk Lake, and notably colored by azure blue water. In most of the rest of the lake (last post), the water is a deeper blue, but here the bay is fed by several streams of glacial meltwater, which has a lot of suspended, pale blue till in it, and as it mixes into the darker lake water, it creates this startling shade.

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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, June 28, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #305
Tongass, #305:  
Another feature of the Stikine river environment is the river constantly changing its elevation. On some cold days the fluctuation is negligible, but on hot days it may be significant. On this particular day, we took a break from our float to hike up to a glacier. Our camp was on a sandbar in the middle of numerous braids, and when we left for the hike in the morning, we walked through very shallow water to get to the shore, and go inland. The water was never close to our boot tops. The day was hot, and we lingered at the glacier to have lunch. On our hike out, we arrived at the same place where we crossed that morning, to find everything had changed. The flow of the river was much faster, and the water was significantly deeper. All of these changes occurred because the heat of the day dramatically increased the melting of the many glaciers that feed into the river, adding to considerably more volume. Because we were wearing packs, we needed to proceed as cautiously as possible, so to steady ourselves we got some sturdy debris branches. What was previously was ankle-deep water, was now thigh-deep, and flowing with enough force to sweep you off of your feet, so the branches allowed us a supportive tripod. Once we reached our camp sandbar, we had to remove our boots, pour the water out, and wring out our socks. A portion of our sandbar was now underwater, also.

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Monday, June 27, 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, June 27, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #254 
Wind Rivers, #254:  
Another lazy day when we all stayed close to camp. Travis and I climbed part way up the staircase waterfall coming out of Deep Lake, so he could find a pool deep enough to swim in. Then, on the way back to camp, he and LiLi took time out to chase some fish around. Here Travis is pointing out one to LiLi, but LiLi seems pretty fixed on another nearby.

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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, June 27, 2022 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #90
GLB #90:  
Just outside of where the Iqaluit harbor mouth is supposed to be, the REALLY dense fog begins to lift, and once again shapes of landforms become more discernible. The trick now is to navigate into the harbor as far as the rising tide will allow us, so that we can all disembark for shore in the Zodiacs. Assuming this is accomplished, we will have several hours to explore this Capitol city before our buses round us up and take us to the airport for our trip back to the United States.

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Friday, June 24, 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, June 24, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #310
Daze, #310:  
I wrapped up my work in Wood-Tikchik State Park ), and in 2004 Aperture published, “Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park". The Alaska Conservation Foundation purchased 200-copies of it, and together with a second purchase of my previous book, “Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery”, did a direct mail campaign to major foundations, and interested media, of this 2-book set. It did, indeed, attract significant media attention, and drew foundation funding from many sources, but most significantly, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of San Francisco gave $10,000,000 over 3-years to purchase conservation easements of inholdings within the park, protecting critical rivers and fisheries.

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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, June 24, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #21
Glacier Bay #21:  
The park service catamaran does not go to far into Johns Hopkins Inlet as there is so much ice, but it does linger for awhile so the passengers can enjoy the beauty of this fjord. There are numerous summits, almost all of which host glaciers, and at the lower elevations, nearest the waterline, there are granite terraces and benches, and many streams. Onboard are several park rangers on every trip to answer questions, and so I ask one about camping in the arm, and I am told it is very doable, and actually a relatively short kayak paddle from the Ptarmigan Creek drop off point. This was a camping trip that I totally wanted to do.

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Thursday, June 23, 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 23, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #148
California #148:  
This is another image from my family home on Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air. I have waded into a gigantic clivia bed my mother began creating in the late 1940’s.
 
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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 23, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #36
North Pole #36:  
Here, once again, we are in completely open water with a strong, cold breeze rippling the surface. The skyshow has returned as well. Clouds are streaming in multiple directions depending on their elevation. There must be some very strange air currents layered in this atmosphere.

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