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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum


In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #88
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #88:  I actually found a place on the bar that was so brushy and dense it marked an establishing forest trying to colonize the flood plain terrain. It also was blooming wildly, and in the middle of it all I came upon this - a luminous, aged driftwood log, the remnant of some of the forest upstream now swept away, currently sitting amidst a completely new and emergent forest that is growing up around it and feeding off of it. Debris from the rotting stump builds the soil needed for the trees to come, add bear poop and fish meal,..OK! Getting a little TOO cosmic here. Probably better to head back toward camp and get some food. The wind is blowing, and the wind chill calls for some further layers. As it is relatively dark under these clouds, it is AMAZING anything was still long enough for a picture, but that is totally over at this point. Brrr!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by RobertGlennKetchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thank you to the EPA for recognizing the value of the Bristol Bay fishery. 
NOW, what can we do to protect this habitat further? 
Mission: To protect the national parks and national refuges of southwest Alaska, 
and the Bristol Bay fishery from the development of the Pebble mine, and other commercial risks.





Wednesday, February 10, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #178, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #178, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Our flight path crosses the #NushagakRiver leaving #LakeClarkNationalPark, #KatmaiNationalPark, and #LakeIliamna (ALL places this blog has previously explored) behind us. Off our left wing, you can look out over #BristolBay. With the mouth of the "Nush" below us, and the #KvichakRiver mouth in this distance, THIS IS THE CLEANEST, MOST PRODUCTIVE #SALMON FISHERY IN THE WORLD!!! Then, there is herring, several species of crab, halibut, etc., NOT TO MENTION it is all being fed by one of the most diverse freshwater systems in the world!!! #SouthwestAlaska and its stunning array of parks, refuges, wildlands, and lakes IS the ecosystem that makes the billion dollar fishery possible. Thank you #PresidentObama for removing Bristol Bay from further oil and gas lease consideration, now please encourage #EPA administrator #McCarthy to say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Where It All Began: LIMEKILN CREEK by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1967, I discovered Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur Coast in California. Among those redwoods, I had an epiphany as a young artist. As a photographer, most of the skills I would use, I would learn there. Many years later in a mature career, I helped the American Land Conservancy acquire this property for the California State Park system. This is the story of a very personal place.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #6
Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #6:  After the fallen redwood bridge, a clearer path led to the first divide of the creeks. Being a bit apprehensive as I really had NO IDEA where I was or where these forest trails led, and with hopefully no offense to #RobertFrost, I took the path MORE traveled. I was not sure what to do with my camera. It had been around my neck for days now so it seemed to come along on its own. Quickly I lost all sounds from the camping area, replaced by splashes and strange gurgling echoes from the pools and falls. Over time and many visits, I would come to recognize these sounds as a kind of creek “music” unique to this forest and these streams, and I could tell different pool “areas” even in the dark, simply by the sound of their symphony. 
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)
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Weekly Post: TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.





Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #77
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #77:  As we had hoped, today the peak tide carried our boats well above the kelp and mussels surrounding the island, and afforded us a great access point on to clean granite. At the crown of the mount there was no vegetation, nor was there much of a breeze. It was HOT in the direct sun, so much so that we did a little nearly-naked sunbathing. I mean, who could resist in such a location? Once the tide shifted, however, we had to get into our boats and launch to avoid being stranded "high-and-dry." Back in the water and headed toward camp, Carey is watching the sea life emerging on the wall of the island as the tide drops. Get the "stranded" part? Camp/home is to the far right at the base of the dark rock wall. That is the #SouthSawyerGlacier in the distance, and both are MUCH farther away than they look! 
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year 2016!



Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year 2016!


Welcome to the Year of the Red Monkey. How about the serendipity of that considering the color of Donald Trump's hair (LOL)? Who knows where 2016 is going, so this is to wish us all safe journey, BUT I am happy to report I ended 2015 on a high note that has now carried forward into the New Year, so please read on.

photograph _ copyright  Robert Glenn Ketchum 2016
photograph © copyright Robert Glenn Ketchum 2016

Weekly Post: THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

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This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift, and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!


Monday, February 8, 2016
'Twilight in the Wilderness', 1860. Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826-1900). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Oil on canvas, Framed: 124.00 x 185.00 x 13.00 cm (48 13/16 x 72 13/16 x 5 1/16 inches); Unframed: 101.60 x 162.60 cm (40 x 64 inches). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1965.233

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #175:
HUDSON RIVER #175:  Like most mountain ranges, the #Catskills support a diverse lake system. As a last tribute to this interesting part of the #HudsonRiverValley before continuing our journey upriver, I thought I would leave you with the ultimate rendering of a Catskill lake. Along with #ThomasCole, #FredericEdwinChurch is considered one of the most important painters in the #HudsonRiverSchool. In the post next week I will show you a winter view from his home #Olana, which sits across the river and has a view of the range. Here, however, is a very different perspective, Church’s stunning, “Twilight in the Wilderness.” HEY, PHOTOGRAPHERS! Did he get this right ?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Post: SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Friday, February 5, 2016


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #102
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #102 - 1985 to the Present:  The restoration of #Shanghai’s “old town” was opulent and at the surface remained faithful to historic tradition. Taking it all in, I continued to wander in the twisting (and crowded) pedestrian streets and hallways that wound around through the buildings. I was not surprised to find odd signage in English, but I am not sure I was fully prepared for this moment of inevitability. Rounding a corner to enter a more open plaza, the English signage suddenly became all too clear: DQ! Whaaaat? I guess the #Chinese really love ice cream because of the many franchises to establish themselves early in the game, Kentucky Fried Chicken (@KFC) was one of the first, but they were quickly followed by Häagen-Dazs (@HaagenDazs_US), and Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) which seemed to sprout up quite literally EVERYWHERE.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Weekly Post: SUZHOU, 1985-to the present by RobertGlennKetchum

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer 
Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #103
Suzhou #103:  The “appropriated” sidewalks tended to occur most on smaller side streets rather than the more trafficked avenues. In some concentrated blocks the accumulation of goods made walking and window-shopping like navigating an obstacle course. Supporting that concept, as I stopped to take this picture of a rather aggressive appropriation, the elderly woman walked through alternately muttering to herself, and then speaking loudly. When I asked my associate what she was saying, I was told she was berating the storeowner for blocking her path and telling him that she expected a discount if she ever had to shop there. (LOL)
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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