Nov 3, 2006

The Spawning

This is a shot from two years ago.. this same time of year. Its my favorite of all my photos.

I stopped by a river to get a shot of a sunset. I forgot the sunset when I saw the Chinook Salmon spawning so close to shore. These Salmon always return to their place of birth to spawn and this poor hen was banged up from her trecherous journey from the Pacific Ocean to this spot 100 miles up the Umpqua river in Douglas County Oregon. Chinook Salmon die after they spawn. This graceful lady has finished her life's task. Her eggs are buried in a gravel nest beneath her, the male has fertilized them and gone his own way... and she is waiting to die.

8 comments:

  1. Whoa,, very cool image. I love how the fish blends in with the rocky background. :)

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  2. Very nice. I like the ripples too. Good comentary as well.

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  3. The cycle of life is facinating. Great picture. I like the ripples too.

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  4. Instinctual behavior of animals is nothing short of amazing. Great picture and subtle tones---well-hidden female among the rest of the river bed.

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  5. Faye, that is a wonderful photo. I remember, upon the birth of my child, praying that I would stay alive long enough to get my child fully grown, a little longer life than this salmon was granted.

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  6. Lucky you, it's absolutely better than sunset. Well, I'm sure sunset was beautiful, but this one.
    It is an excellent presentation, too.

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  7. Excellent photo and thanks for the explanation.

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  8. Great shot -- I know how hard it is to catch (photographically) these salmon... Near where I live (Marin County) we have the Lagunitas Creek, which is a pristine spawning ground for Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout -- and I'm going to give it another try this spawning season...

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