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Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Post: CHINA Travels Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 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. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. 




Friday, October 17, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #101
CHINA #101:  Until now I have been showing you my surroundings and TALKING about the stairs, mostly because the morning was so dark on the path. What light we had was above, or in front of us... but the sun is up now, so here you go! The stairs have come out of the forest for a time, and although there are still some trees and blooming plants, this was a world of HUGE rocks, walls, and other strange, weather-worn stone shapes. We had seen very few people going either way on the stairs, but it was still relatively early in the day. In this photograph you can see some Chinese we had just passed still at the top of this “staircase”; this will give you some sense of the scale of the boulders.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org

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Weekly Post: SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient 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.


Friday, October 17, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #34
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #34 - 1985 to the Present:  For a brief period in the mid-'90's there seem to still be some integration of the old and new, even as neighborhoods were vanished or remodeled. But growing wealth, more and more cars, and the new super-highway systems really changed things. In developing #Pudong, the new financial district across the #Huangpu river, the highway system added two bridges and under-river tunnel to bring you into the Pudong district at very nearly the base of the #PearlTower. With that being a sort of a grand point of entrance to the district, an impressive boulevard was designed with the intention of building out dozens of architectural high-rise showcase buildings. To compliment the gateway of the Pearl Tower, it was decided to build the tallest building in the world a few blocks away, and to have it a signature CHINESE design, NOT one done by the many foreign architects working in Shanghai at the time.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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, October 16, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #35
Suzhou #35: This guy was pretty startled to find me wandering around as well. I took this shot on a bike ride and love the abstract, surreal nature of the setting. Looking carefully you can see family style in the clothing, night-pots airing while anchoring the bamboo poles.  And apparently this house commands a sizeable “courtyard”,  allowing them considerable space to air laundry next to the path. I had stopped to ponder all of this as the bicyclist appeared. He went by very quickly, but the look on his face was priceless! As if he could not imagine what he had just seen: a funny looking, long-haired, white person in a fuzzy jacket with a bunch of cameras, ON A BICYCLE, in the middle of his neighborhood, OMG!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhuo

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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, October 16, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #91
SILK ROAD #91:  In this detail you can see two other kinds of #stitching.  For the snow on the branch, some of detailing is the acupuncture needle stitch, and like the knotting stitches on the tree trunk, these #stitches have been sewn over others in some cases to create a #dimensional #texture. Note also the VERY subtle thread work at the bottom of this image. These are the last stitches in the matrix that define the receding field of snow behind the tree. Beyond these strands you see only the gauze of the #matrix and the white rag fabric offset beneath the matrix in the frame. Note especially the delicacy of these stitches... there is a reason they are so faint.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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, October 15, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #19
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #19:  We finally found an approachable beach and a very “woodsy” area behind it to make camp. After all the drama of the day and the irregular weather, everyone was tired, hungry, and then ready for bed, so it was an early evening. However, as I was settling into my tent and sleeping bag, I could hear the rustle of wind in the trees around us and there was actually a warming in the air. THAT was the promise of some clearing the next day, which dawned with few clouds left in the sky, and those that were there were clearly lifting.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @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, October 15, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #109, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #109, Pictures from Ground Zero:  At the head of the #NewHalenRiver, the expanse of #LakeClark opens up. The only humans living in this landscape are in Native villages, or one of the few private inholdings. All others live in the very small town of #PortAlsworth, the starting point for most adventures in the national park and preserve. Lake Clark is actually very close to #Anchorage by air, and small planes connect from Anchorage to Port Alsworth through #LakeClarkPass, a spectacular flight when the weather is kind. When the weather is not, the dynamic between storms off the #BeringSea, the tall mountains of the #AlaskaRange, and the funnel of Lake Clark Pass create some pretty horrific conditions and high winds are common.  Check the swell from high wind fetch on the lake!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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, October 14, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #8
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #8:  As the last of our gear was stowed in our kayaks, and we squeezed ourselves in, the #weather came.  It started to rain, and you could hear the noise of the waves and riffles as the #tidalflow began across the bar, and up into the arm. We confirmed with our boat-drop the day, date and place for our pick-up, and then he waved us farewell with these parting words (which I have used MANY times since), "Now you are going to find out how big this place is!" As we paddled into the tidal current and began to accelerate, we passed some of the first large #icebergs that came down the arm. These had grounded themselves on the bar and awaited the rising, reversing tide to push them free....
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Post: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON: Saved For the Whales! by Robert GlennKetchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

World-Renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum dedicates Tuesday's to the Natural Resources Defense Council's (@NRDC) successful campaign that kept a whale birthing lagoon from industrial development.  Laguna San Ignacio Gray Whale Nursery in Baja California, Mexico is best known as the winter home to the once-endangered gray whale. The lagoon lies within one of the largest ecological preserves in Latin America, designated a Biosphere Reserve / World Heritage Site by the Mexican government in 1988. This blog is part of that story.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #90:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #90: The bottom line is that A LOT OF PEOPLE showed their human concern for the protection of some amazing fellow travelers on this #planet and now the gray #whales of #SanIgnacioLagoon can continue their long history of using this safe haven as their birthing area and nursery! Thank you #JoelReynolds and #NRDC for inviting me to take part in this. Thank you to Bobbie Kennedy and his family, the Aridjis, Glenn Close and her daughter, and Pierce Brosnan and his son for allowing themselves to be figureheads to this #campaign and for allowing all of us the thousands of pictures, interviews, and words that it took. This was a privilege for me, as well as an education.  AND a chance to physically interact with one of the largest minds and creatures on this planet. This is the last post of this story, so I hope you have enjoyed what I have tried to relate and that you will take the opportunity to visit San Ignacio, touch a whale, drink some tequila and cerveza and watch the sun rise and set in shimmering radiance of the tidal fluctuations.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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