Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHESHINI: 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, August 27, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #12
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #12: After those fleeting rays of nearly horizontal last light lit up the proposed #Windy-Craggy mine site, the #Tatshenshini river corridor and our camp dropped into the shade of the coming night. Looking downriver I could see the glaciated summits of the #CoastalRange - some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world - and I knew in the morning we would float toward them! Sometime during the next day's travel we expected to be joined by the huge #Alsek River coming out of #Kluane National Park and Preserve on the Canadian side, but also fed by the eastern snowfields of one of America's largest national parks, #Wrangell-St.Elias. Mt. St. Elias is one of the steepest vertical displacements in the world, rising 18,000-feet from its shoreline base. Because it faces directly into the Gulf of Alaska and horrific weather, the 13.2 million acres of the national park support a huge complex of snowfields and watershed, a part of which we will soon meet. Where the two rivers come together, thousands of sand bars have been created, and hopefully one of those will be our next home, referred to by the guides as 'The Confluence Camp'.
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, August 27, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #102, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #102, Pictures from Ground Zero: Fed by rain and snow from the #Aleutian Mountain Range that runs through #Katmai National Park and Preserve, the designated Wild and Scenic River, the #Alagnak, is a sizeable and complex system that departs the park and flows through its "protected" corridor outside the park into the Bristol Bay fishery. Internationally known for its FANTASTIC fly-fishing, people from all over the world spend a great deal of money to come in for a week and float 74-miles through this remarkable habitat. There are definitely #salmon down there, HOWEVER it is the chance of catching a truly giant rainbow #trout (25-pounds) that is the most desired experience.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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, August 26, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #1
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #1: The end of this month marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness). HAPPY 50TH WILDERNESS ACT!! To celebrate, there are many photography exhibitions around the country, and on August 30th, I will be part of one that opens at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren, PA entitled: "Wilderness at 50: Photographic Reflections on the Legacy of Tionesta Visionary Howard Zahniser." Howard Zahniser envisioned and helped draft the original Wilderness Act and he lived nearby (Tionesta). Of the many photographers who have remarkable images made IN wilderness areas, I AM ONE OF THE FEW WHOSE WORK HAS ACTUALLY HELPED CREATE WILDERNESS AREAS. So, in celebration of the 50th, I am starting this new blog which will be focused on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. The tale will tell of a 10-day kayak trip that forever altered how I see the world - a testament to WHY wilderness is important. I hope you enjoy this new blog - Welcome to Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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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, August 26, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #87:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #87: Over the decade that this #media #campaign ran, the players that assembled for the first visit went about their missions: The #Aridjis' rallied Spanish language readers; #RichardSobol (from the #LATimes) and I saw that our pictures were published in as many places as we could get them.  And the local groups, #ProEsteros and #ProNatura coordinated with #NRDC to broaden community involvement and expand their economy. For the first 5-years or so, #Mexico seemed willing to go ahead with allowing #Mitsubishi to develop the proposed salt complex. Then traction from the #campaign began to kick-in. Perhaps the most ingenious step was taken by #JoelReynolds, senior attorney in NRDC's west coast office and one of the originators of the #SanIgnacioLagoon campaign - NRDC would pay to run full-page ads in major national newspapers telling the story and asking the public to protest the industrial development and protect the #whale birthing area.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Monday, August 25, 2014

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, August 25, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #99:
HUDSON RIVER #99: Although there are a few #HudsonRiverSchool #paintings depicting #winter scenes, notably #FredericChurch's, "View from Olana in the Snow," winters in the #Hudson can be cold and harsh and I think the painters preferred warmer, more colorful seasons. Even Church's painting is from his house which he called #Olana, he is not out in the valley wandering around. A century later, however, I had skied and winter camped since I was 13-years old. I was also working with #film, so I did not have to worry about my paint freezing, AND #Patagonia and I were developing a life-long friendship so I had GREAT winter clothing and wanted to be out there on difficult days because the magic of the light in the Hudson Valley was as much a part of winter as it was any of the other seasons.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery

photograph © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2014

ASMP LA Presents

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery:

Join ASMPLA and the G2 Gallery for a night with conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.

August 26, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Social time starts at 6:30 PM)


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

No Pebble Mine! Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto by Manuel Quiñones

Below is the second of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council


Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 
Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto
by Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/04/30/stories/1059998750

Pebble LP, the company that wants to develop a large copper and gold mine in southwestern Alaska, is making its case against a potential pre-emptive U.S. EPA veto of the project.

No Pebble Mine! EPA Accused of Power Grab By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Below is one of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council

Although we have made progress and investors have pulled back, IT IS NEVER OVER 'TILL IT'S OVER!  Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 

EPA accused of power grab
http://thehill.com/regulation/energy-environment/204762-epa-accused-of-power-grab-in-dispute-over-alaska-mine 
By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Backers of a massive planned gold and copper mining operation in Alaska are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of going to unprecedented lengths to torpedo the project.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Venice Art Walk 2014 - Los Angeles


The weekend of May 17-18 is a BIG fundraising effort for both Crossroads School (where my children go) and for the Venice Family Clinic and their legendary annual ARTWALK. Yesterday I posted the auction image and information about Crossroads, but that is an event for the school only, not the general public.

On Sunday the 18th, however, the ARTWALK event is VERY public so come enjoy the MANY things that are going on.

"Adrift in The Garden" 2014 
24" x 36" 
manipulated photograph printed on aluminum 
photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum
This image will be part of those displayed in the Google headquarters in Venice which serve as the auction galleries. Great food trucks and wine, some of LA's best artists, and a great cause! Come to Venice on Sunday the 18th, enjoy the party and BID MY PRINT UP - it was made uniquely for this auction. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum

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