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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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, February 1, 2023

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #146
Sonora #146:
A big barrel cactus stands guard over this dry river bed trail I am following.


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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, February 1, 2023

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #92
GETTING LOOPY, #92:  
The sandstone terrace where we established our second camp in the Escalante wilderness has a nice shallow pond (last post) with relatively warm water in which we can swim, but the terrace is also pockmarked with some sizable potholes, many of which have partially filled with water, and the hot sun has truly heated them up. To Talja’s delight she found one that she could fit into and so for her, it was like taking a good hot bath.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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 31, 2023

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #542
NO PEBBLE MINE #542: 
In the deep backcountry of the Wood Mountains, Pacific storms delver a lot of water and snow. There are rivers and small lakes everywhere, and dense vegetation blankets the landscape. Trees, dense shrubs, and tundra cover everything. Seldom do any rocks or soil become visible, and this growth goes to the very top of most mountains.


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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 31, 2023

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #336
Tongass, #336:  
Just past Girdwood on the road that parallels Turnagain Arm, there is a short road that turns east and goes through a tunnel in the mountain emerging in the town of Whittier. I find nothing attractive about Whitttier, but I don’t go there to stay in the town. I go there to catch the ferry that will take me across Prince William Sound to a town I do like very much, Cordova. Cordova is small in size but big on fishing, and besides a harbor full of boats, there are several fish processing plants at the waterfront Anywhere fish are processed there are a loi of birds and in the case of Cordova, thousands of seagulls as you can see here, flocking the water behind Travis and Talja.


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Monday, January 30, 2023

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – A River Runs Through It by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – 
A River Runs Through It
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1985, I received a commission from Tom Cousins, a significant Atlanta real estate developer, collector, and on the board of the High Museum, to photograph the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, which includes part of suburban Atlanta.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Monday, January 30, 2023

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – A River Runs Through It #26
Chattahoochee #26
The increasing heat and humidity that comes with the beginning of spring causes all the trees in the Chattahoochee National Forest to bloom and leaf out.


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Denali: Crown Jewel of our National Parks by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 Denali:  Crown Jewel of our National Parks

by Robert Glenn Ketchum



Starting in 1985, I spent 24yrs. visiting Alaska several times each year. Of the many places that I went, my favorite was to stay at Camp Denali, where I often lectured and taught workshops. These images were all created during those numerous visits.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, January 30, 2023

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #30
Denali #30:  
Having left the snow-covered summits at the heart of the Alaska Range, we are flying over fall colored foothills and feeder streams whose waters will eventually join the McKinley River. The McKinley River is sizable, and one of several obstacles to be dealt with for climbers approaching the Denali climb from the north side.


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Monday, August 1, 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, August 1, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #259 
Wind Rivers, #259:  
By the time we got back to our camp at Clear Lake, the wind had died down substantially, and our camp cook was prepping a meal, having already built a warming fire. We got through dinner undisturbed, a but shortly thereafter, another howling electric storm swept over us, so we all took cover in the tents. It did not last all that long, and when we emerged, it was to find Haystack Mountain glowing gold in the late light. In the morning we would pack up and walk out, so after several years of backpacking throughout the Wind River range, this would be my last picture of those mountains. I hope you have enjoyed the adventures detailed in this blog.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

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, July 4, 2022 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #91
GLB #91:  
We arrived in the harbor of Iqualuit precisely at the highest tide, so our large party, and all of our gear, were loaded into numerous Zodiacs and taken ashore, allowing our clipper to retreat to deeper water before the tide turned. It was still morning, and our flight home did not leave for several hours, so a bus was arranged to take our luggage to the airport, and we were free to wander about the town. Hysterically, we had street maps to help us find points of interest, but they were useless. Not only were the street names unintelligible, such as Kangiqsliniq, or Niaqunngusiariaq, but all the signage was written in Inuktitut), the Inuit alphabet, which as you can see here is quite bewildering. A humorous several hours was had by all.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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 28, 2022

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #98
Cuyahoga #98:  
The Kendall Hills, one of the most popular areas of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is the perfect image to close this blog, I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Now, we are headed for Alaska.

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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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