Mar 1, 2007

The Spawning

The Spawning

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.

I love the mosaic look caused by the water movement.

15 comments:

  1. Such beautiful patterns and colours here! What a touching little passage you have written too. Thank you for the information! Very well done on capturing this so clearly too! :o)

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  2. Looks like a big fish. Great shot.

    On a side note, I always like to go to the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The salmon viewing is always fun.

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  3. I think I've seen this in your blog last year. Is that same shot? Anyway, I really like this one and happy too see many times.

    Stunning shot.

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  4. wow, what an honour to have been there fayeness! sorry i haven't dropped in for a bit! i have missed so much. love the moss!

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  5. Great photo and write-up. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. We all have our problems but when I think about it, I feel we humans have a very easy life.

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  7. au debut, j'ai cru voir une peau de reptile (crocodile and co). vraiment superbe ta photo, bravo.
    Je te souhaite un bon Weekend


    in the beginning, I believed to see a skin of reptile (crocodile and Co). really superb your photograph, cheer. I wish you a good Weekend

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  8. Good morning, Faye.

    Your commentary made me think. I'm reflecting on purposes for life. Perhaps the biological imperative IS the purpose of life for many.

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  9. that's such a cool shot....nature and water at their best!
    well, and the photographer at her best too!!!

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  10. Ben, yes it is a repost. I have my grandson full time until the end of next week so my time is pretty well taken up for now.

    I'll get back to taking new photos to post after that.

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  11. Its a new post to me and I think its a real winner. I love the mosaic look of the water.
    Have fun with your Grandson. It will be a special time.

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  12. There's both cruelty and beauty in nature; I'm not sure what category in which this belongs. PS Grandsons are special!!

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  13. beautifull photos fish and bridge.
    I'm gone visit your blog more often.

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  14. Faye,
    Even so, I really like the shot!

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  15. Quite a variance from your usual stuff (at least since I've been visiting.) What a great shot Faye.

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