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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas!

Are you still searching for the perfect gift? Why battle the crowds when you can find the ideal eco-friendly gifts online at my store. Here are some great ideas:

HARDCOVER, 'PAMELA BURTON LANDSCAPES' BY PAMELA BURTON - Pamela Burton Landscapes presents nineteen of her built works for public and private clients, with sites ranging from beach to desert and from farm to city block.

PAPERBACK, 'ART EDUCATION AND ECO AWARENESS: A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO ART & THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT' BY HEATHER ANDERSON - Use the power of art to inspire youth to appreciate, understand, and protect their environment.

HARDCOVER, 'SALMON IN THE TREES: LIFE IN ALASKA'S TONGASS RAIN FOREST' BY AMY GULICK - A 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award winner, Salmon in the Trees tells the story of the Tongass, a 17 million-acre temperate rain forest fringing the coastal panhandle of Alaska and covering thousands of islands in the Alexander Archipelago.

JIN JIANG JOY SILK SCARF, (22" x 72") - “Launch,” the high-quality 22" x 72" lustrous silk scarf shown here has been produced in a signed, limited edition of 200.

LATCHKEY NECKLACE - An antique vintage skeleton key finds new use with Turquoise cylinders paired with semi-precious Carnelian in this limited-edition necklace.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Robert Glenn Ketchum named by Outdoor Photography as one of 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers

"40 Most Influential Nature Photographers - We Reveal the Real Conservation Movers and Shakers"

British magazine, Outdoor Photography, has selected the top 40 nature photographers from around the globe who go the extra mile to use their images and time to help highlight (and even fix) some of the most pressing environmental and conservation issues.

#16 - Robert Glenn Ketchum, USA

INFLUENCE: Robert's photographs and his personal activism have helped to define photography's successful use in conservation advocacy. He was named by Audubon magazine as one of the 100 people who 'shaped the environmental movement of the 20th century' and he is a lifetime trustee of the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

CURRENT PROJECTS: "I am working to protect the salmon fishery of Bristol Bay from a proposed Canadian mine called the Pebble."

MOTIVATION: "My work has never just been about pictures of nature. My photographs seek to define wild places so they can be more fully understood."



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Camp Denali - My Fav Places

"Denali From the Road Within 5-Miles of Camp Denali". Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
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Most of you know that since the mid-1980's I have spent some part of every year in Alaska, ­sometimes as much as half the year. I love Alaska, and in my life it is the greatest wilderness experience I have ever had. It is bigger and wilder than most of us can imagine. That is the beauty of it, but also the factor that intimidates many potential visitors. If you do not book some lame cruise or excursion packed with clients that want complete luxury and protection, how do you experience the best Alaska has to offer, mixing the wild with the civil?

There are two choices for me, the incomparable CAMP DENALI in Denali National Park and The Boat Company in the Tongass rainforest. I address The Boat Company/Tongass in another post on this blog, so for now I hope to turn your attention to CAMP DENALI.

It hard to imagine the scale of Denali National Park and the experience it provides. At more than 6,000,000 acres! and containing North America's highest summit, Denali park is unparalleled in our National Park system ­ it is the crown among the jewels. It is also VERY big and VERY wild!

Photograph ©2010 Michael DeYoung
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If you come to Denali as part of tour group, you will discover (to the surprise of many) that you will stay in lodges outside the park, you will NOT see the summit on a daily basis, and to really see anything, you will have to take an all-day bus ride from your lodge EVERY day. That bus ride likely won't take you much more than 1/2 way into the park! You will see animals, but you will have little time to enjoy the experience because you are on a schedule.

Photograph Courtesy of Camp Denali
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There is ONLY ONE WAY to truly "get" this amazing wild place ­CAMP DENALI!

Photograph Courtesy of Camp Denali
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CAMP DENALI is a "rustic" camp located in the center of the park, and it has been constructed on ridgeline FACING the summit so that all cabins have windows with a view of the peak --­ this is important as the summit is only visible an average of 40 days out of the year. (Inside the park there are a few other small lodges, however they have no view of Denali.)

CAMP DENALI was homesteaded and founded in 1951 by two Alaskan Pioneer women Celia Hunter and Ginny Wood, and they knew what they were doing! Constructed and added to over many years, CAMP DENALI features cozy, hand-built log cabins warmed by classic wood stoves and lit by propane lamps. Each cabin is separate from the others by some distance, and each has a spring fed water source plumbed to a spigot immediately outside with a discreet privy quite close by. The cabins have been designed for the view, so they feature huge glass windows facing Mt. McKinley and on a cold night under a full moon, should the summit emerge from it's cloud cap, you can enjoy the sight from your snuggly, quilt-covered bed.

Photograph ©2010 Michael DeYoung
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There are several "commons" facilities that include very comfortable men's and women's showers, a natural history room with a piano, a "library" and gathering room where evening programs are held, and a spectacular new dining room. The dining room windows also face the summit and look over a nearby pond into which a moose and calf wander on the 1st breakfast of my most recent visit. My two children went crazy, as did the many others kids that were there (adults included in this category). The moose/calf were un-threatening, enjoying their breakfast from the lake greens, and VERY close for all to see. Needless to say, the photographers among us were quite happy as well. Meals in the dining room feature organic gourmet cooking, often with regional items and there is always a vegetarian plate.

My two children consulting with one of the Camp Denali naturalists about "stuff" they found.
Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
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Given this lodge's historic status and long relationship with the National Park Service, it can provide for the public like no other facility in the park and that is what makes the experience so rich. NO other lodge, in or out of the park is licensed to offer daily guide service in the designated Wilderness region of the park, the most scenic, wild, pristine and mountainous areas. At CAMP DENALI there are excursions EVERYDAY, led by highly experienced guide/naturalists. These trips are offered at differing levels of exertion so that everyone can participate. Often guests will ride out in a bus to spot animals, do a hike, have lunch along the route, watch more animals, and return late. Did I say, "watch animals!?!" You had better believe it! In my many years of staying at CAMP DENALI I have seen countless Dall's sheep, and caribou; my children and I watched two bull moose battle it out until one backed the other into a nearby pond and nearly drowned it; also with my kids, a moose and calf strolled through camp at twilight to the delight of numerous guests -- in their pajamas -- that followed them around at a safe distance; my photography class came upon a lone white wolf, sunning itself within 50-yards; a black, yellowed-eyed wolf digging for squirrels within 50FEET of the bus (one student using a telephoto got a full-frame shot of JUST the eye); a grizzly bear with two cubs that emerged from the bush onto the road, SO close that those with big lenses could NOT get the shot; and, a truly unique experience at some distance, a pack of wolves attacked a grizzly bear and drove it off, defending their territory. You will NEVER have experiences like this from such a safe position anywhere else in the world, period!

Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
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All of this happens because the guide staff is so good. They are great 'people-people', always interacting well with the guests and placing the guests first. Most are naturalists and park historians who always have interesting information to relate, and they connect with both adults and children. In the shot above, my group had taken a lunch break after the morning hike, and to aid digestion we are now "tundra-rolling" -- ­ going head-over-heals down a spongy tundra slope. The silliness of this became so infectious, that with the guides cajoling, even the adults participated ­-- THAT was funny!

Along the Trail at Wonder Lake. Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
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As a photographer, don't even get me going about the astounding -- albeit very brief -- fall color. The tundra may not be the same as the trees of New England, but the show is easily as good.

Photograph Courtesy of Camp Denali
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CAMP DENALI has canoes for paddling about on nearby Wonder Lake in full view of the summit and its supportive range, and there are mountain bikes as well. One great trip is to depart on the bus to the National Park's Eielson Visitor Center, offload at the visitor's center, and bicycle back to CAMP DENALI. There is also flight seeing offered from nearby Kantishna Air Taxi (link: www.katiar.com), whose van will pick you up at CAMP DENALI and deliver you back. Owner Greg LaHaie and his crew are knowledgeable pilots who have flown this area SAFELY most of their careers, so even for the flight-timid, this is a "must" recommendation. If you are a photographer, these pilots are also photo-savvy, so this will be an experience unlike anything else you have ever done, and they will help you get THE shot.

The Twin Summits of 'The Great One', Taken From Greg's Plane. Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
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Lastly, but not least, are the evening programs that are held in the common library. I have spoken there many times during my numerous visits, but there are always multiple presentations during any one stay, and they are all memorable. Most of the presentations are given by staff naturalists, however Camp Denali's 'Special Emphasis Series' also brings in visiting speakers.

Trapline Twins © 2005 Vanessapress, Fairbanks.

My last visit included a presentation from the twin sisters Miki and Julie Collins who live at the remote edge of the park and are known for their authentic subsistence lifestyle. The pictures and presentation were Alaskan humor at its best, and the photograph of them in their relatively small, hand-built cabin, sleeping with their ENTIRE dog team of 15+ huskies would be viral if posted on the net. These evenings are not to be missed.

Photograph Courtesy of Camp Denali
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For my money and time, CAMP DENALI is one of THE best Alaskans experiences you could ever hope for. Follow the links to learn more, see price packages, and lengths of stay. There are other ways to encounter this park, but CAMP DENALI provides a combination of elements ­ comfort, guidance, learning programs, a point of view, camp camaraderie, and a hot shower/great meal at the end of the day ­ that the others cannot touch. If you only get to Alaska once in your life, and you are willing to "rough-it" just a little (very little) this is the trip!

When you book a trip at CAMP DENALI, be sure to let them know you read about it here on my blog!

~ Robert Glenn Ketchum


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wearable Art... The Perfect Christmas present / Hanukkah gift!

Looking for a unique Christmas present / Hanukkah gift / or New Year's fashion statement? How about wearable art?  CLICK HERE to Visit Robert Glenn Ketchum's ONLINE STORE

Scarf by Jin Jiang Joy: CLICK HERE to Visit Robert Glenn Ketchum's ONLINE STORE

Help my new bolt fabric design company, Jin Jiang Joy, spread holiday joy to someone that you love. JJJoy is designing fabric imagery based solely in nature and derived only from photographs. The first fashionable accessory to show off my designs is a 16-color printed, lustrous silk scarf of Hermes-quality that measures 22" x 72". Only 200 were printed, and they are signed.
Scarf Detail by Jin Jiang Joy: CLICK HERE to Visit Robert Glenn Ketchum's ONLINE STORE

As a seasonal perk, we will ship for free. If you love color, this is radiant luxury (and warmth).

Scarf by Jin Jiang Joy: CLICK HERE to Visit Robert Glenn Ketchum's ONLINE STORE

CLICK HERE to Visit Robert Glenn Ketchum's ONLINE STORE

~ Robert Glenn Ketchum



Friday, December 3, 2010

NEW PUBLICATION: Art Education and Eco Awareness: A Teacher’s Guide to Art & the Natural Environment

"The Chainsaws of Summer", 1992.  Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum.
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A new educational textbook on art education & eco-awareness is out, and it features one of my photographs, 'The Chainsaws of Summer", pictured above.  It's good to see that future generations are being taught important things!  #rgk

Art Education and Eco Awareness: A Teacher’s Guide to Art & the Natural Environment

By Heather Anderson

Use the power of art to inspire students to appreciate, understand, and protect their environment.

Organized around five fundamental environmental elements—land, water, sky, plants, and wildlife—this book uses inspiring fine art and plentiful hands-on art experiences to motivate students to look closely, think carefully, and find out more about the world around them. 144 pages, 120 color images

Inside you’ll find:
  • 25 hands-on art lessons for elementary and secondary students
  • Profiles of ground-breaking environmental artists, including examples of their works, statements of their philosophies, and links to their websites and writings
  • Over 30 full-color works of fine art with environmental themes
  • Over 100 full-color works by elementary, middle, and high school students in a variety of media
  • Hundreds of eco awareness activities that help hone artistic, research, and critical thinking skills
  • A bibliography of classic and contemporary works on environmental issues and artists’ lives
  • Up-to-date information, including Web resources, on a wide variety of art and environmental organizations
  • A combined glossary of art and environmental terms
Table of Contents:
The Program
Teaching the Program

Part 1: Lesson Plans

Art, Land, and Activism
Featured Artist: Jody Pinto
Magnificent Mountains
Vital Valleys
Discovering the Desert
Along the Coast
Alaskan Wilderness

Art, Water, and Activism
Featured Artist: Cheri Gaulke
Flowing with Rivers
Celebrating the Sea
Wetland Wilderness
Cascading Waterfalls
Languid Lakes

Art, Sky, and Activism
Featured Artist: Andy Lipkis
Clusters of Clouds
Rain and Storm
Fog, Smog, and Mist
Sunrise and Sunset
Nebulous Night

Art, Plants, and Activism
Featured Artists: Robert Glen Ketchum and Karen Stahlecker
Terrific Trees
Great Grasses
Flaming Flowers
Glorious Gardens
Desert Flowers

Art, Wildlife, and Activism
Featured Artist: Lynne Hull
Magnificent Mammals
A World of Birds
Recognizing Reptiles and Amphibians
Insects and Spiders
Sea Creatures

Part 2: Resources
Index of Artists and Artworks

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