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Monday, May 17, 2021

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, May 17, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #196 
Wind Rivers, #196:  
This is a good example of how we spaced ourselves to minimize any risk of an avalanche. There are three of our party in this shot, and the lead skier, and I, are very close to the summit now. It is a good thing too, because as you can see, the weather seems to be changing, and we are hit with occasional flurries of snow. No one has any plans to retreat, though, as we have come this far, we ARE going to celebrate Monty’s 50th birthday on top of 11,500ft.+, Mount Baldy. I can taste those beers now, they are just a sip away! The ski down should be amusing.

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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, May 17, 2021 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #32
GLB #32:  
The customs check takes about two hours, and then the Zodiacs are lowered so we all can venture ashore to explore Hopedale. Hopedale looks like the Alaskan and Arctic villages with which I have been familiar. Although some houses are brightly painted, there is nowhere near the display of color that we have seen visiting Greenland. Given the timing, and season of our arrival, there is, however, a lot of color in the fields and meadows because everything is abloom. Our group tours a Moravian church that is considered to be one of the oldest wooden frame buildings in Canada, and there the Tutsiatingit Choir sings for us. Following that we visit the local museum, and later, in a school gym, students show off a variety of Inuit “games," which are really interesting, because many of them involve skill-developing for the purpose of hunting and fishing.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

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, May 14, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #252
Daze, #252: 
About 1/2 hour beyond Scammon's Lagoon, our flight carries us over San Ignacio Lagoon, where we will be camped, and whale watching, for the next ten days. In this picture the water, top-right, is the Pacific Ocean, and you can see waves breaking on the sandy berm that separates the Pacific from the lagoon to the left of the bar. The lagoon is one of only three such places that the Pacific gray whales give birth, and nurse their juveniles, before taking them out into the more dangerous waters of the open Pacific. The lagoon is an interesting complex of mangrove channels, islands of sea grass, and expanses of open water, surrounded by a very dry, scrub desert. As you will see in the next post, the lagoon is also rich in shellfish with vast beds of scallops, abalone, mussels, and large clams. It is also an important feeding habitat for four of the seven species of sea turtles, leatherbacks, hawksbills, green turtles, and olive ridleys, all of which are endangered. We will land on a dirt airstrip about 1/2-hour away, and buses and trucks will take our large party into the tent camp, which is located on a rocky peninsula that juts into the lagoon.
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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, May 14, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #61
Cuyahoga #61:  
Eventually, the green of summer begins to show signs of the coming fall. The berries appear everywhere, and so do the Cedar Waxwings, along with numerous other species. The berries don’t last long.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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, May 13, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #90
California #90:  
Fort Winfield Scott, the Presidio, San Francisco.

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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, May 13, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #148
Sundance #148:  
As I have pointed out previously in this blog, during winter inversions, some days have Beijing-like smog fueled by several mills, and the massive amount of traffic in the I-#15 corridor. Here is one of those mills, belching away on a clear summer day.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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, May 12, 2021
THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #56
Sonora #56:
After the sunset extravaganza of last night (previous post), I am slow to rise. I consume a leisurely breakfast, and spend some time cleaning my equipment, then I wander out to find a warm day with a busy sky. I try to visit different parts of the Vistoso landscape each day, and on this one, I wander into some boulder strewn foothills, offset by the dramatic background of the Catalina Mountains. It is a lazy kind of day, and I am definitely lazy as well, so I stumble around quite a bit until this guy introduces himself. Most saguaro, and their arms, reach skyward, but every once in awhile I discover one that has “wandering” arms that sprawl all over the place. It is a kind of cactus calligraphy.

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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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