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Monday, January 22, 2018

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

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get
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. Enjoy!! ~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Monday, January 22, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #90:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #90: Doug and I find the high tarn and surrounding benches of Boulder Lake very joyful and inviting as the morning wears on, like some magical secret garden at the top of a basin that is mostly boulder debris. The wind continues to rage around us and echo off the walls, but it is also tearing the clouds to pieces and suppressing the daily build-up of weather by blowing it away with the income of fall. You can smell the change! The intermittent sun warms us, and with no threatening electrical events to chase us off of our high perch, we linger, sun bath, and have lunch. Belle, my black lab, goes swimming in the tarn. Eventually we wind our way back down to camp. Doug wants to give his feet a break and get out of his shoes, so we spend the rest of a sunny afternoon, fishing. We catch several nice trout, but before we eat, the last sunlight of the day has illuminated a beautiful, high meadow on the other side of the lake, and now that we both know what to expect, we agree we should go investigate, and enjoy last light sitting there. Bouldering around the lake is simple and the scramble up is mostly meadow grass or granite. The view is REALLY dramatic, giving us both a clear sense of the whole basin we have been exploring. THEN, I notice motion and color in the trees on the trail coming up to the lake. As the single, hiking figure crests the last dome before the lake, I recognize the wardrobe and profile of my DFC&FC colleague and good friend, Gordon Williams. We call to him and he joins us for the end of the evening in the “high” meadow. He has no backpack, he just walked in because it was such a nice day, and he thought he would say hello, as he knew we were here. It is bright twilight when we get back to camp, and the offer of fresh trout lures Gordon to stay for dinner, after which, in encroaching darkness, he opts to take-off and walk back out. Doug is amazed, and I worry, but awhile later there is a good bit of distant whooping and horn honking, so we know he made it safely. The next morning, we do the same.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @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, January 22, 2018
“Topographic InspiFict"
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #64:
Immaculate, #64:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekly Post: 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, January 19, 2018

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #81:
Daze, #81: The Skinner bothers listen to my pitch about doing a winter camping trip into the Wind River Mountains of WY as a story for POWDER magazine, and they feel we could do one, but they want to be sure I am aware of what will be required. There are NO access roads into the range that are plowed in the winter, therefore we will have about 15-20 miles to cover just crossing flatter, ranch terrain. They want to have a “work” group to support me and themselves in camp, and they offer to bring in some experienced college “kids” who assist them in the summer with their outdoor education school. They also want the trip to have a specific purpose and destination, so it is decided that for brother, Monty’s 5oth birthday, we will summit Bald Mountain, a sizable peak in the heart of the range. I am also told that to gain access to the range, we will be “packed in” to the foothills, by ranching friends with snowmobiles. This is as much as I might have hoped for, so Vicki and I leave our breakfast with the Skinner brothers excited that a winter expedition can be accomplished. We spend the rest of the day and night in Pinedale, and the wind continues to howl. It subsidies before down, though, and we head back to California on a bright, cold, crystal-clear day. Interestingly, as soon as we leave the flatness of the high plains around Pinedale, and enter a more hill-and-valley environment, we see this EVERYWHERE! The cornices have been built by the winds of the previous day. The warmth of the sun is causing pieces to fall onto the slopes below. The deep loose powder, covered by hardened wind crust fractures, causing an avalanche DOWN TO BEDROCK on a slope that is not even very steep. Vicki looks over at me and says, “It looks like it will be an interesting skiing adventure. I may pass!"
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018 
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

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!






Thursday, January 18, 2018

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #21:
Wind River, #21:  Following the path up onto the granite bench, we literally change our environment in a matter of minutes. The trees do not disappear, but now they are just here-and-there, growing out of the granite boulders, and surrounded by blooming alpine meadows. This looks like what we were hoping to find - a granite, high-alpine terrain, that hopefully offers lakes, camping, and fishing. Water trickles down the surrounding rock faces in many places, and the meadows are buzzing with insects. As we stand here to take this all in, I note that everything seems oversized, bigger in dimension than other ranges in which we have hiked. In particular, it is clear that if you choose to go off trail and wander in the granite, the abrupt sheer faces of various boulders, and walls require some intelligent navigating to get around. Boy, will that idea become more clear as the day wears on.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
Expanding My Winter Consciousness
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #25:
Big Mountain, #25: Navigation along the ridge transitions from dense areas of trees to more open sweeps every so often. There is also a good deal of up-and-down to be had, and today I am skiing off on more short “scouts,” because no one is waiting for me to move on. I am also learning to “pre-visualize” certain shots, so that I do not ruin them with my own tracks trying to get into position. It is easier said then done because there is SO much going on, I am often unsure what will follow next. I have come to a place on the ridge that I recognize as the beginning of The Fantasy Forest bowl to my right, and sure enough, at the moment, as on the day I was first guided here, the valley that forms the bowl is shrouded in a fog cloud, while I am standing in sunshine. It is so amazing up where I am, however, I am reticent to give leave it, so I ski around for a bit, find a sunny spot with a great view, and sit down for some mid-morning snacks.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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, January 17, 2018

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #54:
The Yakutat Forelands, #54:  Then we come to this - the last fjord-finger before we land, and this “little” spectacle crowns the head of this bay. THIS WATERFALL IS ENORMOUS! And muddy! As we look down on this in awe, our guide asks if we would like to have a closer look at this in a few days, and then continues on, to explain that we will kayak here to a beach, out-of-frame to the right, climb the mud terraces, and “he thinks,” get really close to this falls. WHAAAAT??? It is clear at this moment that most of us are not entirely sure we WANT to get closer to this falls by climbing around on these cliffs,..but, hey, that is why we came so we might as well get on with it.
photograph(s) © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum, @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

H.R. 232, 115th Congress, 1st Session

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine by Joel Reynolds, NRDC

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine

by Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Reprinted with permission by the Author.
Originally published on Huffington Post.

For anyone still unclear about the irreconcilable disconnect between the rich heritage of Alaskans and the overriding financial self-interest of The Pebble Partnership, it was on stunning display in Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery this summer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

"Focus On What Matters Most" by Hunter H. McIntosh

"Focus On What Matters Most" by Hunter H. McIntosh 


Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

With the transition of power now over, and the process of seating a new Presidential cabinet under way at the time I write this, we all watch the news with bated breath in anticipation of who will be the next Secretary of this, or Ambassador of that. At the end of the day, with so much fear gripping our nation, the reality is that we are a country of checks and balances.

As a small business focused on nature-based tourism in Southeast Alaska, as well as the protection and preservation of the Tongass National Forest, like many we have our concerns. Conservation has always been at the heart of our mission, and we are passionate about taking action to protect this amazing area we cruise throughout each year. However, we also are dedicated to providing our guests with the best wilderness experience that Alaska has to offer. And so, in this issue, we share with you some current events about our government and the Tongass, in the hopes we might inspire you to help us in our land protection efforts. And as always, we share some personal stories, company updates and compelling photographs to hold you over until we see you again {hopefully sooner than later!}

Friday, August 25, 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, August 25, 2017
My Life in the Garden of Eden, #60:
Garden, #60: At the end of the work cycle, and VERY MUCH in the “contributing to the diversity and well being of the universe” mode I suggest in the last post, with the invading dune grass removed, not ALL things call out to be smothered with chip. I would always rather have an opulent garden with a small path, than a small garden and a chip freeway. So, here is the beginning of the newest addition to my garden design, an emerging garden “island” to which I can strictly control and direct watering. It may look spare now, but later this fall I will repost as the plantings mature and the COLORS begin to take over the show. This took an amazing amount of soil to create. Behind the new island (foreground), to the right, you can see the “finished” product - a lush, and fully “landscaped” water-zone with a thriving banana tree. To the left in the background is the island I am presently ridding of grasses (shown in last post). By the end of the year, my paths should wind through a very eccentric, but beautifully transformed backyard, so I hope you will continue to follow my progress and stay with this blog. Remember, SUCK YO LENT!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Orvis Supports No Pebble Mine

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