Posted by: Kate | November 18, 2014

Salmon Stream

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The rivers of Vancouver Island are birth rivers for one particular creature – the Pacific Salmon. Every fall, thousands of island school children make their way to a local river to be taught the cycle of life of the salmon. It is a rite of passage, and one I still remember.

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Now as an adult I appreciate more the difficult and amazing journey the salmon make. I also appreciate the work of local volunteer groups to make sure our rivers are clean enough for the salmon to return and spawn.

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Walking a salmon spawning river in the late fall is an experience for all the senses. You can see the large fish swimming up the river, sometimes in water so shallow their fins stick out above the water line. You can hear the splashes as they work their way against a current and through the rocks and ripples. But most of all, you can smell the rich scent of decay, as the dying bodies of salmon, spent with spawning, litter the banks and shallows of the river. It is an immersion into nature at its most complete.

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  1. wow. that’s so crazy-cool! that’s something i’ve only seen on television and would never expect to see in real life!
    thanks for sharing!

    • I should have pointed out that the grey blob and the orange blob in the two close up photos are salmon.
      And it really is crazy cool!

  2. Wonderful photos Kate. You are so fortunate to live so close to gorgeous nature.

    • Absolutely true!

  3. Such beauty! As I have said before, you live in an amazing part of the world. Ros

    • And I try to always be thankful for it.

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