Orvis ®

icon icon

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.




Wednesday, July 27, 2016
 SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #127
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #127 - 1985 to the Present:   Same POV as the last post, just 25yrs later! In fact, the skyline has changed AGAIN since I was last in Shanghai and the newest and tallest building has been constructed since my visit. If you have read this blog, you recognize the Oriental Pearl Tower, but you might not notice the Jin Mao tower as it's prominence has been reduced by the upstart neighbors. It is directly in front of the taller Shanghai World Financial Center, and framed by two "lesser" buildings. For me these last two pictures are the "bookends" of this blog. They represent not only the first and last pictures I took, but taken together they encapsulate something epic to which I was a privileged witness - the rise of the new Shanghai! (Quite literally the "rise" judging from this image - LOL).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

Follow Robert Glenn Ketchum's Photographic Activism & Art Online:
____________________________________________________

Tuesday, July 26, 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!



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #112
TATSHENSHINI - Saving a River Wild, #112:  As the human chain laboriously moved the gear bags along the narrow shoreline, the guides worked long, cold minutes in the water edging the now-lighter boats toward the beach. Here, Patrick is thigh-deep, pulling. The others are using their feet and paddles to keep the VERY SHARP ice edges from puncturing a raft tube. We still needed to float several miles the next day to our pick-up point, and we were very aware that previously we already had a bottom ripped out of one boat, so we did not need another accident. 4 boats had to be nursed through these narrow passages, BUT after hours of work, they ALL reached the shore undamaged and so did the endless gear transfer line. Everyone was exhausted, and several of the guides had numb toes and feet, but there was plenty of driftwood on the shore for a drying, warming fire. Now all we had to do was build one, set up nine tents, and prep dinner. It was just after midnight! photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild  @nature_AK

Follow Robert Glenn Ketchum's Photographic Activism & Art Online:
____________________________________________________

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.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #202, Pictures from Ground Zero:  NO PEBBLE MINE #202, Pictures from Ground Zero: The transition of the light from the top to the mountain to the shore of Tikchik Narrows took less than a minute. During that time the only sounds that could be heard were water noises and the click of my shutter. While it may be true that the sunset and sunrise are a cliche' subject matter in the world of art and photography, there is NOTHING cliche' about ACTUALLY witnessing a great one. For me they have always been breathtaking, uplifting, and inspirational, something I would like to see a little bit more of in art and photography. Enough with morning prayers! Breakfast is on and we are going flying with guests as they get dropped off at various select fishing locations. What you have seen of Wood-Tikchik State Park so far is really just the beginning. Please buckle your seat belt (especially because I am going to take the door off)!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

Follow Robert Glenn Ketchum's Photographic Activism Online:
_____________________________________________________

Monday, July 25, 2016

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

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 Flat 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, July 25, 2016

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #12:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #12:   These early, VERY minimalistic pictures set off an internal dialogue in me that would ultimately lead to one of my first published portfolios, "WINTERS: 1970-1980." What I saw in these images were the simple observations of snow and a snow covered environment. In virtually ALL the other images of winter I had seen exhibited or published, winter was a season - people skied through the snow-covered landscape in magazines, or the picture represented some quintessential view, like Ansel Adams' famous, "Clearing Winter Storm (Yosemite)." No one it seemed looked at the ESSENCE of the winter environment but rather just saw the obvious spectacle and the "setting." What I was seeing was more like a stunning palette of forms and colors that reminded me of Chinese brush-paintings and watercolors.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
____________________________________________________

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.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek, #30
Where It All Began - Limekiln Creek, #30:  Bare with me and this shot one more time. As you can see this is a closer detail and it reveals two things - the face of the falls is covered with moss which, in turn, is constantly inundated by lime-rich water. In time, the moss calcifies, becoming white and hard and looking a bit like dripping candle wax or a stalactite. New, green moss grows on top. Watching the flow of water work through the moss could occupy an entire day. However, for the more adventurous the other unique aspect of this falls revealed here is the "secret" pool. Look at the right side of the falls where there appears to be a separate stream of water. If you follow it down you see that it disappears behind the sunny rock outcrop. There is a deep, small pool there that the water flows into AND the pool is 40ft of sheer, wet rock ABOVE the main pool. Sitting in there on a hot day was amazing, BUT GETTING INTO THE POOL took an act of faith. In the upper right corner of this image you can see the trunks of two trees that are growing right out of the rock wall. There is a rope around the base of the larger tree and it hangs down all the way to the lower pool, hidden in a crack in the rocks. If you know it is there and fish it out, you use it to "walk up" the rock face opposite the level of the small pool. Now, holding the rope tightly, your feet flat on the rock face and your body, hanging out nearly parallel to the water below in the lower pool, you RUN across the rock face toward the pool. At the last minute, near the end of the rope's reach, you release and plunge into the small pool. Now, getting down from this position is a WHOLE other story, especially if you have been UP THERE for TOO long.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)
_______________________________________________________

Friday, July 22, 2016

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, July 22, 2016

My Life in the Garden of Eden, #3:
Garden of Eden, #3:  Moving in an ever-drier direction, this would be a dry and hot desert garden. Not as lush or diverse as the previous post from the Huntington, this is one of numerous and varied gardens that comprise the now-public Santa Barbara / Montecito estate of Ganna Walska. Please follow the link and read about her. She was quite a "unique" individual, and nowhere did that show more clearly than in the large, wandering plant fantasy she created, called Lotusland. Lotusland has many specific gardens but some of the oldest are cactus, and they are VERY dramatic. This is a side garden of the main house and the planting is a perfect compliment to the Spanish-style architecture.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
____________________________________________________

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.



Friday, July 22, 2016

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #3:
The Daze of My Life, #3:  My father also "followed" Hemingway to Sun Valley, Idaho because the writer had said he enjoyed the hunting and fishing in the local area. SO, along with frequent summers in Hawaii, I found myself "visiting" my parents at a home they leased in the Ketchum-Sun Valley area. Of course I hunted and fished with my dad, but because the season he chose to visit was late fall to winter, I came to Sun Valley for my Christmas vacation from high school and there was snow on the ground. It made for some very different hunting from what I experienced in Baja, but it also introduced me to skiing, and eventually friends that would lead me into the winter backcountry - one of the best things to every happen in my life. That is my dad above in his one-piece winter "sneak" suit about to take a shot at some geese somewhere in the plains below the Wood River Valley.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
____________________________________________________

Thursday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #127
Suzhou #127:  After studying the architecture of the Weng Gate, I was glad I was never part of an army attempting to invade Suzhou. The light rain had stopped falling and the warm humidity of spring filled the air, so I returned to the garden and began to follow the labyrinth of paths and bridges that lead me to various views and architectural embellishments. Here a moon bridge connects two pavilions placed to provide pleasing views of the garden for those that might sit in them. As you can see, the garden is just beginning to bloom and that will become quite striking as I approach the central building, the plaza, and the historic pagoda because there are many cherry trees surrounding them and today they are going off.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

Follow Robert Glenn Ketchum's Photographic Activism & Art Online:
____________________________________________________

Orvis Supports No Pebble Mine

icon icon