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Friday, June 24, 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, June 24, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #310
Daze, #310:  
I wrapped up my work in Wood-Tikchik State Park ), and in 2004 Aperture published, “Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park". The Alaska Conservation Foundation purchased 200-copies of it, and together with a second purchase of my previous book, “Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery”, did a direct mail campaign to major foundations, and interested media, of this 2-book set. It did, indeed, attract significant media attention, and drew foundation funding from many sources, but most significantly, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of San Francisco gave $10,000,000 over 3-years to purchase conservation easements of inholdings within the park, protecting critical rivers and fisheries.

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An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum

  An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum




To attempt some interesting kayak adventures, Carey and I needed a camp assistant, so Russell joined us to help.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, June 24, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #21
Glacier Bay #21:  
The park service catamaran does not go to far into Johns Hopkins Inlet as there is so much ice, but it does linger for awhile so the passengers can enjoy the beauty of this fjord. There are numerous summits, almost all of which host glaciers, and at the lower elevations, nearest the waterline, there are granite terraces and benches, and many streams. Onboard are several park rangers on every trip to answer questions, and so I ask one about camping in the arm, and I am told it is very doable, and actually a relatively short kayak paddle from the Ptarmigan Creek drop off point. This was a camping trip that I totally wanted to do.

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Thursday, June 23, 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, June 23, 2022


Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #148
California #148:  
This is another image from my family home on Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air. I have waded into a gigantic clivia bed my mother began creating in the late 1940’s.
 
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The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 The North Pole:  Sitting on Top of the World

by Robert Glenn Ketchum




In 1998, and again in 2002, I had the opportunity to visit The North Pole, Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, and Yuzhny. Both times the journey was made possible aboard a nuclear Russian ice-breaker. These were unusual voyages into a strange-beautiful landscape, like no other on the planet, so hop aboard, and I will take you to some places you might not ever see otherwise.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, June 23, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #36
North Pole #36:  
Here, once again, we are in completely open water with a strong, cold breeze rippling the surface. The skyshow has returned as well. Clouds are streaming in multiple directions depending on their elevation. There must be some very strange air currents layered in this atmosphere.

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Wednesday, June 22, 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, June 22, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #114 
Sonora #114:
Deep in the purple, prickly of things. Further evidence that Mescalito is here, somewhere.

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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, June 222022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #60
GETTING LOOPY, #60:  
We planned to drive to Capitol Reef National Park today, a fair distance away, so my time shooting was limited, but considering we had only been in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park less than 24hrs., it was a great way to start the day. The continuation of the loop drive would backtrack slightly from here, and then branch off on Hwy #12. Since we wanted to see Bryce Canyon National Park along the way, we would turn to Hwy #63, then backtrack once again to Hwy #12, continuing on to Escalante National Monument, stopping to have lunch at the excellent Boulder Lodge in Boulder. Because it would be a long day, we did not have the time, but it is worth mentioning that we could have done another sidetrack, and visited Kodachrome Basin State Park. After our lunch, we headed for Torrey, the gateway community of Capitol Reef National Park, and then we set up camp in the park at the Fruita campground, where once again we were the only ones there.

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Tuesday, June 21, 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, June 21, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #510
NO PEBBLE MINE #510: 
In the late fall there is a good deal of moose hunting done in Wood-Tikchik State Park, and hunters usually use cabins provided by the park service, and the US Forest Service, because being in a tent, with dead animal scent abounding would also attract some of the very significant bear population, and some of the biggest grizzlies are full-time residents of the area. I made this image flying above Nuyakuk Lake, and I show it here because it lends some scale to this landscape. On the gravel beach to the right, there is a tiny yellow dot. That is a sizable 4-man raft that delivered several hunters, and their gear, to the cabin which can be seen at the edge of the treeline opposite the crescent shore. The cabin seems small in this view, but in fact, it is actually quite large, and sleeps eight.

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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, June 21, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #304
Tongass, #304:  
As you can see here, this is the remains of a very large tree with a massive rootwad. Once this debris was grounded, the river piled tons of silt around these collected logs, and if you look past this, you can see that further down on this same sandbar, many other log jams are embedded similarly. Within the myriad of braids in the Stikine, the shores are lined with hundreds of these river-created landscapes.

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Monday, June 20, 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, June 20, 2022

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #253 
Wind Rivers, #253:  
The day after our long hike around Black Joe Lake, it dawned sunny, and proceeded to get hot. Our group was pretty tired from yesterday’s activities, so some deemed to stay in camp and be lazy, and a few of us decided to go swim in the pools formed by the staircase waterfall coming down from Deep Lake. The water is freezing cold, but these two spend a good bit of time in it anyway, and there is nothing like a warm granite slab to lay on once you get out. It also put them both to sleep, so the ever-vigilant LiLi, is standing guard to assure nothing sneeks up on them.

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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, June 20, 2022 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #89
GLB #89:  
As our morning run into Iqaluit unfolds, the surrounding fog only grows more dense. Regardless of our navigation radar, I am on the deck watching this, and I find it spooky. There are many times that I can see nothing, and then suddenly, something appears - an island, an iceberg - QUITE close by. I assume our captain is comfortable with all of this or he would shut down, and I love the weird mystery of these images, but frankly, I also find it scary to be navigating in these conditions.

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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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