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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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, September 21, 2021

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #471
NO PEBBLE MINE #471: 
People are not the only ones fishing the numerous streams and rivers that feed into Lake Iliamna. This is serious bear country, and boy do they love a good salmon run. The run is on in this river (above) and the white dots are dozens of seagulls that are feasting on the expired salmon carcasses. Difficult to see in this shot, so you will have to look closely, are three bear along the lakeshore. On the spit, above where the river flows into the lake, just before the greenery terminates, there is a mother and cub, then several more yards up that shoreline is another single bear ambling along. On this day we were flying over the south shore of Iliamna which has many inflowing streams and rivers, and salmon were running in ALL of them. It was a bear pig-out, and we counted 24 during our journey.

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Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#100+) 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, September 21, 2021

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #265
Tongass, #265:  
Off of the main road out of Juneau, which follows the shoreline, there are some branches, likely created as logging. or mining, roads that take you up into higher elevations. As Carey, and I, are just killing time in between specific trips, we wander up several of these spurs to explore. This was an especially lush, swampy meadow which we came across, and stopped to enjoy for awhile. As it would turn out, this is the image the editors at Aperture chose as the cover of my book, The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest.

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Monday, September 20, 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, September 20, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #214 
Wind Rivers, #214:  
We arrived back at the our camp about 4p.m. in the afternoon, and immediately began meal prep, and the reorganization of our now consolidated gear. Tomorrow we would have a long, difficult, and dangerous ski out, and we need to get started early, so all packing has to be done before we retired this night. Except for a few emergency snacks, breakfast, and lunch, we tried to eat all the other food that was left, as no one wanted to carry that weight back out. The dinner lasted quite awhile, and was a complete pig-out.

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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, September 20, 2021 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #50
GLB #50:  
Because we were not in a fjord with sheer walls, the more gently rolling nature of the rocks, and surrounding hills, offered us a chance to summit, and have a view, so we did. While there was weather around us all day, the cloud cover remained high, with no rain, and from the top our our scoured mound we were offered views for miles. This particular perspective is back down the fjord, which we had traveled up to get to Hebron. Even from our lofty perch, looking down on the rocks where we first walked, you could clearly see the massive striations, carved by the glacial rock dragging, and the flow which rounded off the rocks and hilltop we now stand upon, all of it under hundreds of feet of ice at some point.

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Friday, September 17, 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, September 17, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #270
Daze, #270: 
In the Caucasus Mountains, this is the kitchen of our hideaway “chalet.” Hot water in the kettle, dinner in the pot (right). As I noted in previous posts, with no refrigeration, and daily temperatures in the 90’s, there is no “fresh” food to be had, so the evening meal is always a potato soup with some variations from the forest, collected by the rangers. It is a daily task for them to wander in the woods collecting a variety of herbs and mushrooms, and for the few days we stayed with them, they managed to change the flavor every night.

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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, September 17, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #79
Cuyahoga #79:  
As fall comes to The Ledges, the green, mossy rock faces are covered over by the litter of leaves.

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Thursday, September 16, 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, September 16, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #108
California #108:  
I was just standing there, when suddenly, this thing came up out of the ground. You have to remain alert, and on guard, at all times when you are in the Huntington Gardens.

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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, September 16, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #166
Sundance #166:  
Beneath the green of the canopy, the fall begins to creep in.

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Wednesday, September 15, 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, September 15, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #74 
Sonora #74:
The numerous craters in El Pinacate Reserve in Mexico are technically known as maars. They were created when groundwater seeped through the soil to reach volcanic magma below the earth’s crust, causing a phreatomagmatic eruption, blowing up a relatively circular crater, and casting debris as far as 15-miles away. Some maars in the reserve are entirely encircled by sheer walls that would require rope protection to descend, but a few have collapsed sections, probably caused by erosion. The interiors of all these craters are graphic, and display many variations of soil, striations, and plants, as you can see in the one above. I took this graduated slope to the crater floor as an opportunity to wander down into it, and look more closely at the strange terrain.

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