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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekly Post: SUZHOU, 1985-to the present by RobertGlennKetchum

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer 
Robert Glenn Ketchum.



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #115
Suzhou #115:   I spent most of this day discussing business with my colleagues, #ZhangMeifang, her son #ZhangFan, and Dr. #HeShanan and in the course of that time we had an opulent lunch, a long tea, and now in the late afternoon we were walking to where we would have dinner. This peninsula onto a lake has numerous cafes, restaurants, and banquet halls, all connected by nicely groomed paths. Here in the warm light at the end of the day we are strolling toward a "floating" viewing pavilion to take in the view of the new metropolis of #Suzhou and the surrounding recently developed areas.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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Weekly Post: SILK ROAD - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum


The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery practiced by generational families for 3,000 years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Silk Road - Embroideries #171
SILK ROAD #171:   The last two posts were close-up details to show-off the "negative space" design of the 3-panel, 2-sided, "Can't See The Trees For The Forest". This post and the next will take a step back to look at one entire panel in exactly the same framing, but illuminated in the two different ways shown in the detail shots. Here, with frontal lighting, you can see the amazing rhythm of the stitching that gives definition to the textures in the background meadow. Even within the hand-dyed black trunks which are transparent, they have the appearance of not only being opaque but you can also see they have mottled tones and are not all the "same" black.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum


In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #99
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #99:  The strange get stranger. As the evening wears on, we all realize there is a need to consume ALMOST all of whatever we have left because we do not want to fly anything edible or drinkable back and there is only one more night beside this. To no ones surprise, it turns out we still have a considerable amount of alcohol, so the party is ON - and #MichaelHolmes (left) does not even drink! However, I suspect both of these characters are wasted because they are tired and SO sunburned. OUCH! In case your wondering if Patrick (right) is kinky -as I am sure you noticed his surgical gloves in the last post and this - no he is NOT offering free proctology exams. After days on the river, in the water, and pushing the oars of the heavy cargo boat, his hands are trashed so badly his fingers are bleeding and he has covered them with vaseline and put on the gloves to revive them during our party and his sleep. He still has to paddle the cargo boat for one more day,..and a VERY interesting day it will be!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by RobertGlennKetchum

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.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #189, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #189, Pictures from Ground Zero:  At last the rising terrain becomes pronounced and the #WoodMountains and #TikchikLakes come into view. The summits in the distance rise to 8,000ft and we will ultimately investigate that backcountry, but for now, notice in the landscape beneath the wing the number of small river valleys that have formed, flowing down out of the foothills. I count at least 6 different streams systems and a small wetland/pond (lower, middle) in the scope of this view. Wilderness, fish, and numerous larger animals are EVERYWHERE out here. This is no place for the intrusions of industrial development. Southwest Alaska is a paradise of parks, clean air, clean water, and a billion-dollar-a-year fishery. Say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Where It All Began: LIMEKILN CREEK by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1967, I discovered Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur Coast in California. Among those redwoods, I had an epiphany as a young artist. As a photographer, most of the skills I would use, I would learn there. Many years later in a mature career, I helped the American Land Conservancy acquire this property for the California State Park system. This is the story of a very personal place.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #17
Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #17:  In any given season, the forests, streams, and pools of #Limekiln were also the repository of strange and wonderous "found" objects. This leaf was glowing so brightly as the sunlight shown off it, that I saw it from many feet away and thought it was a metallic object. When I got closer to observe what it really was, I noticed the leaf was also lying in a bed of golden sand that had settled into a depression on a sunken log. While that may not seem strange at first, consider that in all my visits to this area, and having clammered up every canyon and side-canyon into their headwaters, I NEVER saw an accumulation of golden sand ANYWHERE else. I never saw golden sand in ANY quantity elsewhere! How did this get here? What is the "ghost" leaf in the lower right corner? AND, why are the highlights in the creek flowing by in the upper right sparkling with prismatic colors?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)
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Weekly Post: TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #88
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #88:  Tonight we would experience the fall equinox and the most extreme tidal flux of the year, probably +/- 20-22ft. We planned to camp on or near a spit of land where #TracyArm meets #EndicotArm. We felt certain we would find some forest or beach in that direction that would be high enough to keep us dry through the incoming tide tonight. The next day our boat pick-up back to #Juneau was due to come for us. Considering the the distance we paddled yesterday, we did not have far to go today, and we indulged ourselves with a lazy morning at the forest camp, waiting for the tide to turn so we could ride it in the direction we were headed. By the time we pushed off our beach it was midday and more weather had rolled in off of the #Pacific. We were regularly pummeled by passing rain squalls but they would come and go and the cloud show was terrific. We crossed to the other side of the fjord and followed the forested shoreline toward the sand spit point. As we paddled we were also "scouting" for any possible camp sites along the way, and it was clear the dense forest came right to the water's edge and offered us nothing.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekly Post: THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift, and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!




Monday, April 25, 2016


THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #186:
HUDSON RIVER #186:   I covered the #Adirondacks at length earlier in this blog (post #41-68) so now we are just "passing through." While I worked on the #HudsonRiver commission from the #LilaAchesonWallaceFund, I spent time with friends that had houses on #LakeGeorge, and other smaller lakes higher in the Adirondacks. There is a unique culture around these lakes established in boating, and I spent many lovely afternoons enjoying some form of watercraft (sail, motor, canoe, kayak, rowing sculls), OR sitting on some dock such as this on a warm summer evening enjoying libations with friends. Really look at this picture - boats, docks, and BEAUTIFUL boat houses everywhere. Some of the boat houses are nicer than the homes. Seriously! Just beyond the lakeshore the Adirondacks rise abruptly and further to the north the Hudson is winding its way through this forest and these mountains, having formed flowing from a pond on the side of the tallest summit in the range.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, February 2016 Newsletter

Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

February 15, 2016 Newsletter


Here’s to hoping you and yours enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. Hard to believe another year has passed, but 2016 is here and the work to protect Alaska’s incredible fish and game habitats and resources goes on. In this edition of the SAA news, you’ll find updates on the Tongass National Forest, Bristol Bay / Pebble Mine, and the Transboundary mining threat, as well as some general tidbits and videos about enjoying the wonders of the Great Land. You can always see a comprehensive collection of news items on the Latest News page.

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