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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Weekly Post, THE SONORAN DESERT: Visiting with Don Juan by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE SONORAN DESERT:  
Visiting with Don Juan
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1988, I was contacted by Luther Propst, Director of the Rincon Institute of Tucson, AZ, who asked me if I could help them devise a campaign to protect a part of Saguaro National Monument from a massive real estate development that would disrupt substantial habitat.  I did so, and we not only succeeded in mitigating the development, we added 30,000 acres to the monument, and got it upgraded to National Park status.  While doing this work, I fell in love with the Sonoran Desert, returning to it repeatedly, and visiting the many varied parts of it in Arizona, Mexico, and Baja, CA.  This is the tale of those visits. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Wednesday, January 26, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #93 
Sonora #93:
Walked up a dry river bed this particular day, and found this thriving cactus garden at the end. It appears the cacti follow the water, growing in the down-canyon streams on the hillside, and along the banks of the river bed. This was also a curious cacti group because it had such variegated color, with shades of red, and blue, amongst the green. Strange, beautiful! Clearly Don Juan has been out here spray painting things.

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Weekly Post, GETTING LOOPY: Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops 

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

One of the greatest camping and hiking circuits to drive in the entire country, starts from my home in Los Angeles, passes through Nevada, into Utah, and on to Arizona, before heading back to LA. Along the way you can visit 3 state parks, 6 national parks, 1 national monument, and 1 national recreation area. If you wanted to put in some extra miles, you could add another national park, 2 more national monuments, and 2 more national recreation areas. I will call out the latter as we pass them, but my images will introduce you to all of the former. Come take a drive with me!




Wednesday, January 26, 2022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #39
GETTING LOOPY, #39:  
In Zion National Park, most visitors are focused on the domes and big walls, but as I have been advising, wandering off-trail in the upper mesas opens up a very different world of discovery. Some of that is unexpected gardens of vegetation set against sculpted rock walls, or entire valleys hidden behind a roadside terrace, but sometimes, it is little, strange things that just appear at your feet. When I found this, I had the weird feeling that I was viewing the aftermath of a pinball game. How DID all of these perfectly rounded pebbles find their way here?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (Posts #426+)

 NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Since 1998, I have been working to protect southeast Alaska, and the fishery of Bristol Bay. The fishery is an annually renewable, BILLION-dollar-a-year industry that employs thousands and thousands of workers in multiple states. 2021 provided the largest commercial salmon catch in history (64-million+). There is no intelligent reason to allow the proposed development of the Pebble mine to go forward and imperil these resources. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the United Fishermen of Alaska, Trout Unlimited, Trustees For Alaska, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, all oppose the development. Even Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has stated her opposition. The momentum is building. Now is the time to SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE permanently! 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, January 25, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #489
NO PEBBLE MINE #489: 
Lake Clark’s diverse habitat, sprawling over 4,000,000 acres, not only hosts numerous rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges, but the varied landscape is home to a stunning array of wildlife. As you might expect, both black, and brown bears find it their domain, but so do Dall’s sheep, moose, caribou, timber wolves, coyotes, marten, several species of fox, river otters, beaver, and Canadian lynx. Migratory birds pass through at various seasons of the year, but bald eagles, golden eagles, and peregrine falcons are full-time residents. There are trout in many of the lakes, and of course there are epic salmon spawning events, but at the coast there are also sea lions, beluga whales, harbor seals, and porpoise. When some friends, and I, floated the Chilikodratna River, we saw animals every day.

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Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#201+) 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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, January 25, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #283
Tongass, #283:  
Other parts of the old growth Kadashan forest are menacingly impenetrable. The large green and yellow leaves that appear to be floating about in this image are Devil’s Club. The leaves are connected to those long stalks, and every inch of those long stalks are covered with vicious spines. Even the leaves have spines. There is no going through this, it is part of the terrain to be avoided as much as possible, and further exploring requires a work-around.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers (#101+)

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!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, January 24, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #232 
Wind Rivers, #232:  
When we dayhikers arrive at our Clear Lake camp, everything has been set up. Talja and her friend are playing at the edge of the lake, and the camp wrangler / chef has begun preparing lunch. The rest of the afternoon is spent hanging out at camp, and swimming in the lake, as most of us are tired after the 9-mile walk in. The next day, however, I intend to show this crew the expanse of this basin, and Deep Lake, which sits another 700ft. above us. Deep also has excellent fishing, so early the next morning, everyone assembles their daypacks, fishing gear, and we are off.

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Weekly Post, GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND: A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic by Robert Glenn Ketchum


 
In 2006, I was invited to participate in a Zegrahm expedition sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. I was to lecture aboard the ship, and to participate onshore, when visiting Inuit communities to discuss the effects of climate change on their lives. The trip would travel along the coast of southeastern Greenland, crossing the Labrador Sea, to the northwest coast of Labrador, and the southwest coast of Baffin Island.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, January 24, 2022

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #68
GLB #68:  
As our raft group inspects this very tall, finned iceberg, we circle it, and I am amazed to discover that the top of the fin is so thin, that it appears transparent when backlit by the sun. I realize now that this berg will likely not roll, because it may be tall, but there is not much ice weight up there. The heavy, thick ice extends quite deeply beneath the water line, so much so that, as clear as the water is, we cannot see the bottom of the berg. This is a monstrous piece of ice!

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Friday, January 21, 2022

The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography

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 21, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #288
Daze, #288:  
For 9yrs., I sat on the Board of Trustees for the Alaska Conservation Foundation. When I left the board, Jan Konigsburg, their former Director, took me out to dinner, and asked if I knew much about southwest Alaska. I knew the town of Dillingham was out there, and I knew Katmai National Park, and Lake Clark National Park were part of it as well, but other than that, I was pretty uninformed. Jan proceeded to tell me that there were other large parks, and the watersheds for them all fed into Bristol Bay, the most productive salmon fishery in the world. He was concerned about the long-term management of the fishery, and suggested I fly out to the area with he and a friend to have a look at it first hand, as he was hoping that I might take interest in it as a project. I was happy to accompany them, and for four days we flew above, and drove around the territory, so that I might get a feel for what was at stake. When I returned to Anchorage, I told Jan that I thought I would go to work out there, and then I headed back to the Lower ’48 to look for funding. The McIntosh Foundation had underwritten my work in the Tongass, so I went to them first. However, they wanted to keep their financial focus on the Tongass, so they turned me down, but Winsome McIntosh offered me some valuable advice.

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Weekly Post, THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY: From Flames to Fame by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY: 
From Flames to Fame
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1986, I was given a commission from the Akron Art Museum and the National Park Service to photograph the recently created Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. My work helped put that location on the map, and since then, the NRA has been upgraded to National Park status, becoming one of the most visited parks in the national system.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, January 21, 2022

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #97
Cuyahoga #97:  
A meadow in the rain at peak bloom.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Welcome to Hotel California: Some Pictures from My Backyard by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Welcome To Hotel California:  Some Pictures From My Backyard
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


I was born and grew up in Los Angeles. As my professional career developed, I traveled around the world working on various commissions, but seldom had opportunities to work in California. Nonetheless, I always came back “home,” and when there, I occasionally took pictures. For ten years I also taught a photography workshop on the Mendocino coast that provided some great visual moments as well. There is no “project” unifying these images, they are just my way of showing, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”   
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Thursday, January 20, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #126
California #126:  
Grazin’ in the Grass is a Gas, Baby can You Dig It? Another picture of weeds, Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#100-200) 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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #200, 
Tongass, #200:  Krys and Jan Cianciarulo, my assistants for the first part of my second summer working on the Tongass rainforest commission, meet me in Ketchikan for a one-night gear check, and the next morning we fly out for Goat Lake in Misty Fjords National Monument. Last summer when I first saw Goat Lake on a flightsee, I was being flown by a pilot that suffered a tragic accident picking up hunters at the US Forest Service cabin on the lake. Although the lake is large with ample room to land, taking off can be trickier, as you need more running room to get airborne. That pilot was taking off after picking up the hunters from the cabin, so the plane was loaded down, and although he finally got airborne, he was very near the end of the lake (seen in this picture). Although he cleared the trees, he was quite low, and when he reached the edge of the fjord wall, he was down-drafted, crashing the plane and killing everyone but himself. On this day, I bring that tale up with our pilot, and he knows the entire incident. He adds that it was a weather related accident as well, because taking off in this direction seldom happens, given the direction the winds normally blow. When we reach the air above the fjord, there is no turbulence, he dips one wing, circles around, and gracefully drops in, to land on the lake. We are soon to be in our new “home” for the next three days, and we are all excited.
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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Weekly Post, SUNDANCE: Artist-In-Residence by Robert Glenn Ketchum (#101+)

SUNDANCE:  Artist In Residence
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From 1987-1989, Robert Redford invited me to become the first visual Artist-In-Residence at his newly established Sundance Institute, part of the community he was building around his recently purchased ski resort in Utah. The residency provided me with subject matter that produced some of the most significant images of my career, but importantly, it also afforded me my first aerial work, a platform that would become increasingly important throughout my life. A limited amount of these images were ever published, and NONE of the aerials ever were. The best will now appear, please enjoy!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, October 14, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #170
Sundance #170:  
Sundance is an amazing resort, a dramatic environment, and a brilliant idea. I am grateful to have been able to participate, and contribute as a visual artist, in the Artist-In-Residence program. I would like to thank all the staff that made me welcome, especially, Brent Beck, who went out of his way to provide me with access, and promote the work I created; the members of the ski patrol that periodically guided me; the gracious staff of the dining room that fed me every night; and last, but certainly not least, my friend, Robert Redford, who took an interest in my work, and gave me this incredible opportunity. Thank you all SO much!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change (#101+)

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #247
ARCTIC, #247:  
This is the last post for this Northwest Passage blog. Appropriately, it is a map of our journey, compiled for us by Captain Jouning. As you will recall, our adventure began in Nome, AK, to the far left. Trying to avoid the pack ice, we hugged the coastline of the Alaskan North Slope and Canada, as we progressed. This blog recounts the many places, and villages, at which we stopped along the way. If you look carefully, you will see that shortly after our trip turns North, there are red dots. That marks the spot where “Itasca” became trapped in the ice of the James Ross Strait for several days. Once we freed ourselves, and turned East, we reached the coast of Baffin Island and dropped anchor at the town of Pond Inlet. It was here that Bill Simon commandeered a cargo plane and two pilots. who allowed us to join them for some flightseeing. Our plane visited some historic, locations, the town of Resolute, and then flew North to Eureka Base, where we spent the night. The next day we visited Otto Fjord, returned to Eureka to fuel up, and then headed back to Pond Inlet with an attempted stop at Grise Fjord that nearly killed all of us. It was a great privilege for me as a photographer to get to view this vast Arctic landscape, so I thank my shipmates for having me along, and I hope all of you think my photographs have done justice to a part of the world you might never see.

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