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Tuesday, March 28, 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, March 28, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #31:
THE TONGASS, #31:  Cannery Cove, destination achieved! The anchor is down, the dinner is served. The guests all seem to have had a nice day in spite of the less-than-perfect weather conditions (being on this boat is REALLY nice) and everyone is enjoying a bit of communal conversation, most of which centers around our visit to see/meet Stan the Bear Man. Many guests on this trip are approaching Stan’s age, and they are ALL completely amazed that he chooses to live such a demanding and rugged lifestyle, ALONE! Hey, it’s Alaska, and then this happens! Talk about stopping the conversation. Just when we all thought the sun had finally gone away, it could not resist firing off one last flaming round before sinking into the west. This one even has crimson god-rays shooting out all over the sky above us. There was quite a lot of on-deck braying during this final event, and then we all just passed out.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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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, March 28, 2017 

NO PEBBLE MINE #237, Pictures from Ground Zero:  
NO PEBBLE MINE #237: As my flight heads toward the first of the big lakes, the valley my plane is flying down reveals many smaller lakes and ponds dotted across it, but the overall vegetation is now dominated by expanses of tundra and shrub, and most of the trees are gone. Hey!, You Abstract Expressionists take this!  Obviously I am still shooting pictures because the color and light are so extraordinary, but I have listened to my pilot, and I DO have film left, which is a good thing because I can now see the greater lake shoreline ahead of me, and he was right. I DO want to have some film left. Our flight has gone from amazing to amazing to crazy-amazing, and now? As you can see from the shots in these last 30+ posts, having great weather and light is a gift, often difficult to achieve because of timing. However, should you ever want to try something like this in Alaska or elsewhere, I have a cover and feature in the March issue of OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHER magazine about my work in southwest Alaska and the NO PEBBLE MINE campaign, and there are sidebars in the story that discuss shooting from planes and working with local lodges and pilots so you can be there when the great moments happen. Pick up a copy on the newsstand.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, March 27, 2017

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 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, March 27, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #47:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #47:  Val and I had a similar day. I felt we shared the same sense of primal revelation and suddenly looked at the world around in a VERY different and exciting way. In that late afternoon light at Decker Lake, you could see that sense of our discoveries radiating from her. I am sorry she has since passed away. I feel grateful to have spent meaningful time with her. I would also like to acknowledge her family, as they tolerated me and did some wonderful things for the Ketchum-Sun Valley community of which they are still a part. Her parents, Ed and Carol, ultimately donated the funds for the construction of a state-of-the-art darkroom facility for the Sun Valley Creative Arts Center photography workshop program which I helped to found, and although her brother, Ed, and I have not communicated, her brother, Andrew and I touch base on FB. Recently I was glad to see a post of him and his son at the top of Limelight, one of the great ski runs on Baldy that goes top-to-base. I hope those who loved Val enjoy these old pictures of mine. This is my “Madonna of Decker Lake” diptych.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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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, March 27, 2017

Stoned Immaculate, #21:
Immaculate, #21:  With the puzzle of random, odd-colored boulders in my mind (last post), I follow the sandy-brushy streambed I am in to the point it ceases and the water would flow across the sandstone of a low, rolling dome. The evening is late and the light getting very low, so I am glad to get out of the wash and start walking on a stone surface with better traction. The terrain feels familiar, and I sense I am approaching the road as the desert floor begins to flatten out. I would discover my car is just beyond these fins and to the left, but at the moment I am taking in my setting - this exposed line of fins and domes rising from the desert floor runs relatively north-south, so the morning and evening sun really creates some exaggerated shadows and shapes because of dramatic sidelighting. These fins have been finely carved by howling, sand-filled winds, but tonight it is cool and still, as the weather for the day built up WITHOUT storming, and is now fading with the coming of night. It is worth noting that these formations are mostly sandstone and EXTREMELY fragile. It ALWAYS REMAINED IMPORTANT to my friends and I over the years, that we NOT WALK on anything that was destructible. It is all eroding away quickly enough as it is, there is no reason for a visitor to accelerate the process or destroy the amazingly delicate and fragile sculptures that have been created.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Friday, March 24, 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, March 24, 2017

My Life in the Garden of Eden, #38:
Garden, #38:  In the last post I said my Clivia were blooming, and actually it is more like they are exploding,..EVERYWHERE. I have two different shades of orange mixed with yellow ones. The orange ones in this image are in deep shade and they are surrounded by a great variety of bromeliads that I will show you in future posts. Here, to the right, are clusters of my yellow Clivia, and they are separated by a dense “forest” of Billbergia. If you look just above the whale bone on the left, you can see one of the draping, graceful pink flowers this particular Billbergia produces. These are GREAT flowers to use in displays, and planted like this, there will dozens of blooms from every grouping. I have recently added quite a few new species of these to my new yard plantings and as they establish and bloom I will post more of those pics as well. Come back next week and I will show you what I do with these flowers in the house. It is “old school” Hollywood, and you do not see these flowers in florist displays much anymore. Their loss! ____________________________________________________
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Wednesday, March 22, 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, March 22, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #11:
The Yakutat Forelands, #11:  There is a party of 4 hunters from Texas already at the Tanis Mesa cabin when we arrive, and they will be flying out with Mike after he drops us. We spoke with them about their hunt as they had no meat hanging, and they explained they had come for goat, and they could scope them EVERY night up in the meadows of the Brabazons, rising above the Mesa to the east, but the goats were VERY far away, and even with a successful long shot, they did not want to kill something they could not retrieve. They admitted they never found a way to get UP into the meadows. They DID say the knoll was a great view. Our gear came out of the plane, and their’s went in, after which Mike Ivers took off, to be back in three days. The cabin is spacious and warms quickly, once we start a fire. It rains on and off, so after getting organized, we eat lunch and go outside for a walk around. We are surrounded by a thick, brushy landscape of shrubs, grasses and a few trees, but there is more forest as we move away from the cabin. The established paths take us from the cabin to the runway, and then from the runway, through the scrub, to the shore of a glacial-melt, azure-blue stream where we will get our drinking water. Beyond that there is more of a forest, and we can hear the sound of larger water. After a water-carry back to the cabin, we chill for the day, and prep daypacks for tomorrow. It continues to rain on-and-off through dinner and into the night, so we eat and sleep well, waking ready to go early the next day.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

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, March 2, 2017
Silk Road - Embroideries #215
SILK ROAD #215:  In post #199, I teased you with this and explained that my collaborative work with Zhang Meifang and her guild of embroiderers was moving in two directions simultaneously at this time. While “YK Delta from 1500” was been woven on the huge loom created just to make that 4-panel piece (posts #200-215), the above image was being crafted in the embroidery workshop. “YK Delta from 1500” is a weaving that continues to explore the “transparency” of a subject, in that it is a 2-sided weaving, and parts of it bear little or no stitches and are thus, transparent. We have used this “transparency” to render water and sky “space” in many previous pieces, however, we have also spent a great deal of effort on highly detailed and stitch-rich subjects. At first creating them just to accomplish accurately rendering a photograph, but eventually learning to play with various aspects of the stitch design using texture, color, to affect the visual sense of dimensional space. Once Zhang realized how an embroidery can capture the realism in most photographs, both she and I began to enjoy those images where the challenge was increased in some way. From previous work, we both knew this image could be rendered with great detail, but we were curious to see if the illusion of motion could also be represented. Additionally, Zhang felt that if that could be done, it would make the highly rendered details more pronounced and dimensional, so she asked the embroiderers to stitch the forest with GREAT attention to individual branches, leaves, color relations, and textures, to which the blur of motion would be overlain.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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