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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekly Post: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #24:
The Yakutat Forelands, #24:  Navigating is simply a matter of keeping the foothills on our left side, and we can see them even through the dense brush surrounds us. Surprisingly, after a short distance of thrashing, we find this - a dry finger of the river, lavishly overgrown with mosses. Having explored much of this terrain in previous days, we are amazed that we have not previously seen this. It becomes yet another “discovery” of this most unusual outing. It is also a brushless highway that heads in exactly the direction we want to be going. When it finally peters out, we make a sharp right turn, plunge through about a 1/4-mile of bush, and walk out into the middle of the dirt airstrip. It is about 5pm. The cabin is close by, and food, fire, and being dry seem like a really good idea.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post:, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #45:
ARCTIC, #45:  We navigate another hour in the cold, now crystal-clear air, and at about 7pm we come abreast of the village of Kugluktuk where there seems to be a great deal of activity, so Bill Simon decides we should take the time to visit, stretch our legs, and find out what is going on, and we go ashore. There are numerous boats in the water fishing just off a very nice sandy beach, and astoundingly, although the air is cold and the water nearly freezing, their are dozens of children swimming on that beach which also sports a lifeguard station. WHAT! Of course, we draw attention with our arrival. Pretty much everyone that is not fishing comes to check us out. Turns out, there is a run of Arctic char, hence all the boats out, and everyone else is watching, swimming, or just enjoying the “nice" evening. I know Bill will not spend much time here, but the light is so amazing, I just start running from place-to-place, trying to get a sense of what I might photograph. This effort, however, becomes a game as I am pursued by this crew. It becomes their entire purpose in life to appear in every picture I attempt. After awhile, I realize they are the picture. Quite a group. Interesting to see them immediately dash home when a curfew siren goes off, reminding them they have school the next day. That is also our signal to reboard “Itasca” and continue our journey to Cambridge Bay. The night is still young and the sky is clear (for the moment).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, June 20, 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, June 20, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #43:
THE TONGASS, #43:  The only clearcuts I have seen until this point in these early explorations of the Tongass, have been at considerable distance and from the water-level perspective of a boat. From what I had heard, the forest harvest was far more extensive than just patches here and there, but I have yet to view that,..until we crest a ridge and drop into this valley with a big river system linking several lakes. From the perspective of the plane, I can suddenly comprehend the scale, and the impact this forest program is having on these old growth habitats. To me this looks like the destruction at a massive bomb site. Although I am unaware of it at the time, as I learn more about “the rules” supposedly protecting the forest but still allowing the cut, I will be able to look at this image in the future and see numerous violations that will ultimately impact slope stability, water quality, and the salmon fishery. I will also learn that this is “typical” to most of the logging sites, as there is little enforcement of regulation, and very little concern for anything other than log production.
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, June 20, 2017 

NO PEBBLE MINE #249, Pictures from Ground Zero:  
NO PEBBLE MINE #249:  If you read my last post, you know this one is in contrast to it. I am emphasizing my “circle-of-life” view about how the vibrant fishery of Bristol Bay and the astounding habitat of southwest Alaska with the hundreds of thousands of animals, fish, birds, and people which it supports are, quite literally, born from what appears to be of the more rugged, ragged rockpiles on the planet. This image was clearly made in late fall, and most of the imagery published in my two books, “Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, the Last Great Salmon Fishery,” and Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park,” were made during the seasons the public experiences - spring, summer,and fall. My Native friends, however, seemed amused that I had NOT included winter images. They told me winter was the BEST season because tourist have gone home, bears have gone to sleep, insects are non-existent, frozen rivers and lakes become highways, AND you can still fish and hunt. When I expressed concern about temperature - as much as 50 below at times - the reply suggested I learn to dress appropriately and I would be fine. SO, before we leave Wood-Tikchik State Park and cross over the mountains into the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, I am going to take a winter tour back over the terrain you having been viewing in this blog for the last several months. Some of that will be done by air, and some by snowmobile - solo! Quite amazing! Join me if you like white.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

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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 Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures.




Monday, June 19, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #59:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #59:  Seemingly without much effort we reach the Saviers’ cabin, having been propelled most of the way across Pettit Lake by the howling wind. After I step out of my skis, I walk out of the trees to the edge of the lake and look back at where we have been. Our tracks have already been erased from the lake surface by the ground blizzard, and it is now snowing hard as well, so most of the world has disappeared behind the veil of flakes and ice crystals. As I squint into the storm in the direction of the end of the lake and the canyon from which we have just returned, a faint hint of the wall I have come to know quite well, ghosts in and out of my vision. At first I think it is just changes in the density of blowing/falling snow that is causing the tones I see, but then for a moment, I can clearly distinguish trees and rock faces with which I am familiar. Gordon is at my shoulder by now, curious that I am still trying to take pictures, and he, too, sees these fleeting forms appear and disappear, and asks if I can actually make pictures of what we see. Apparently I do. This is “Distant Wall through Snow and Clouds,” and along with the last two posts #57, “Sawtooth Walls,” and #58, “Edge of the Lake in a Howling Spindrfit Storm,” these 3 images are part of the 24 prints published in my portfolio:  "Winters:  1970-1980". Thank you Doc and Joe for the gift of being able to enjoy this place.
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, June 19, 2017

Stoned Immaculate, #33:
Immaculate, #33:  Gardeners! Out here! Arranging desert garden sculptures! That is about all I can take in one day. Time to find the car. I stumble back out of the small box canyon and proceed down the wash. Within a few more twists and turns, the domes suddenly drop away and flatten out into big rolls of sandstone popping up from beneath the sand and brush. The horizon is expansive, and the sky is swimming with weather. The sun is about to set, and random rays pop through openings in the clouds, lighting up select parts of the landscape with dramatic flashes of color. It will rain tonight. I regret that my car is ready because I must continue my drive, and this will be my last look at this unusual place I have discovered for a while. I want to see more canyons and luminous caves. I want to see it when it rains. I KNOW there are amazing images to be made here, I just have to determine, of what? AND, I want to meet the gardeners!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekly Post: My Life in the Garden of Eden by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My Life in the Garden of Eden
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As part of paying the bills in my professional career, I photographed a number of significant gardens. I helped create several pretty amazing ones as well. Some of these pictures have been published in various books, but most have never been seen. In this blog, I will show you all my best garden images AND discuss garden design.




Friday, June 16, 2017


My Life in the Garden of Eden, #50:
Garden, #50:   If you look out your windows and see the walls of other buildings instead of this, your withdrawal from contact with the natural world is well underway. I realize not everyone can have a garden or a yard, but even caring for potted plants helps to sustain what I believe is a necessary connection THAT WE MUST MAINTAIN if we expect to continue to exist! When we do not remain connected, the symbiotic understanding we have of the planet withers away. Our mind builds worlds of its own, and slowly loses respect/forgets to respect our habitat that, eventually, it arrogantly believes it can control. I have gone to great lengths to see that my children have experienced, not just nature, but wilderness, numerous times throughout their lives. Still, they are hard to pry away from their screens, and they show little interest in the garden. I feel they will grow their awareness as they get older, but the disassociation worries me, and other children of their generation have never had any kind of exposure. I wonder if our current President ever went camping? Or, is being on a golf course as close an encounter with nature as he has ever had? It does not surprise me that as a child of my generation, surrounded as he is by walls and towers, buy now he has lost any connection he may have once had as to why the natural world matters. That will prove to be unfortunate for all of us. Teach Your Children Well - get them digging in the garden and fondling plants.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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This Saturday 5-9p, Manhattan Beach Art Center


For those of you that might live in the area, 2 of my new scarves will be offered in an auction to support SOLA, this Saturday night at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. Come by, enjoy the party, and bid MY pieces up - they are both quite beautiful AND WEARABLE!

The Event takes place this Saturday 5 - 9 pm at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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