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Friday, August 12, 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, August 12, 2022


The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #317
Daze, #317:  
The photographers to whom I give my keynote address at WILD8, the world wilderness conference, held this year in Alaska, are ones that want to use their work on behalf of conservation. Many of us met through the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), where we wanted to form a conservation photographers committee, but NANPA management informed us that such a committee would be “too political” and they would not allow it to be formed. So, we all came to WILD8 in Alaska with a new proposal. The basis for my keynote is a book that I wrote on behalf of the National Park Foundation in the late 1970’s entitled “American Photographers and the National Parks.” The premise of the book was that photographers had a significant influence on the creation of the National Park System, and the developing conservation conscience of the greater public. Starting with Carlton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge in Yosemite (above), their large format camera pictures of Yosemite valley drew so much attention to the area, that in the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln declared Yosemite to be a national treasure, designating it as a “public pleasuring ground.” Yosemite would ultimately be renamed as a National Park, but the first park to be created was Yellowstone.

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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, August 12, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #28
Glacier Bay #28:  
After our first rather exciting day at the Lamplugh Glacier, the next morning we moved to establish another camp in Johns Hopkins Inlet. It was a short paddle from our cove to round the point on the western shore, and enter the arm. Then the real work began. We needed to find an approachable terrace above the high tideline, that would provide freshwater, and offer enough tundra meadow to set up our tents. We paddle close to the wall where dozens of streams flow down, and when one is less than vertical, someone clambers ashore, and explores the terrain to see if it would support our camp. We do this numerous times with little success, but about 1/2 way down the inlet, we finally score a perch, and one with quite a view.

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Thursday, August 11, 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, August 11, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #155
California #155:  
Salt ponds at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay.
 
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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, August 11, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #43
North Pole #43:  
As we approach the large, flat island completely covered by an icecap, something happens in the high altitude jet stream that begins to reshape the lenticular cloud formations. They are being morphed from their typical "flying saucer” shape, and stretched into something much more elongated. As it is happening rather quickly, it is an amazing thing to watch, and even our icebreaker captain comments on this strangely beautiful phenomenon.

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Wednesday, August 10, 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, August 10, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #121 
Sonora #121:
Sitting on a strategic rock bench, this evening's sunset not only lit up the sky, but it set the waters of the Sea of Cortez aglow, as well. Now it is time to return to the back deck of the boat for appetizers, and cocktails, or in my case, tequila shots with beer chasers, Salud!

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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, August 102022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #67
GETTING LOOPY, #67:  
The extreme cold snap broke during the night, and even in the dark of our van, you could feel the changing temperature. By the time the sun rose, and we finished breakfast, it was 28˙. We visited Rainbow Point, then returned to the van to begin our way towards Escalante. On another visit to Bryce in the late spring, I took this shot from the overlook, and it offers a visible sense of the scale of the “hoodoo” amphitheaters, and the trails that wind through them. This is a very fun hike if you pick a day that is not too hot.

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Tuesday, August 9, 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, August 9, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #517
NO PEBBLE MINE #517: 
This is Nuyakuk Lake which is very long, and also over 900ft deep. Tikchik Narrows Lodge ($10,000 a week, per person) sits on the point of the narrows that links Tikchik Lake with Nuyakuk. The lake is fed by many streams and rivers, and also hosts several US Forest Service cabins.

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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, August 9, 2022

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #311
Tongass, #311:  
It rained really hard throughout the night, but was kind enough to break-off for awhile so we could have breakfast. Our plan for the day was to paddle around the crescent hook of our beach camp, and enter the mouth of Le Conte Bay. Not long after breakfast the rain started up again, but that did not change our plans, so we geared up, and got into our kayaks, and set off on our adventure for the day. At the far end of the bay there was a large, and actively calving glacier and it was filling the bay with an impressive amount of ice. Nonetheless, we planned to work our way through cautiously, and get as close to the glacial face as we could to see some calving.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

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, August 8, 2022

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – A River Runs Through It #1
Chattahoochee #1:  
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area which includes parts of suburban Atlanta, is comprised of a diverse national forest that surrounds the Chattahoochee River. It is a very four-season environment, having cold winters with occasional snow and ice, spectacular spring and fall displays of blooming and color, and summers that are swelteringly hot. During the heat of the summer, the river often starts the morning in a dense fog created by the hot, humid air settling on the cool river water. Moisture is everywhere and everything drips. Many times I would have to wipe my lenses as they would fog up.

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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, August 8, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #5
Denali #5:  
Once we got the Camp Denali canoes unlocked, Travis, Talja, and I, headed out into the glassy waters of Wonder Lake. Denali loomed over the far end of the lake, and cast a near perfect reflection in front of us. Pretty much the only ripples were ones of our making. A good morning was had by all.

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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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