Monday, October 8, 2012

Another Fall Color

In our neck of the woods, it's Salmon country.  The Pacific Northwest (PNW) has abundant rivers, streams and water ways most of them draining into the Columbia River and out to the Pacific Ocean. On a recent trip to Mt Saint Helens, we stopped at a fish hatchery.  Outside the hatchery we saw these Coho Salmon coming up stream, trying to get over the spill way and into the hatchery waters, the likely place of their birth. On that particular day the gate to the hatchery was closed, so  all these fish were backed up at the headwaters. These particular ones range about 12-18 inches long.  We were astonished at the sheer number of fish.  Hope you enjoy seeing just a portion of their journey in the pictures we took that day. (You might need to look closely to see the red in the water or maybe enlarge the photos to see the fish.)





Waiting for the gate to open

This bright red spawning color is another to add
to our autumn palettes, don't ya think!? 
Covered in Grace

15 comments:

Sarah Evans said...

How bizarre to see all the salmon together like that! And a good colour inspiration for sure!

Thanks for linking up!

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

Anne Kimball said...

Hi Linda, I'm Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com) visiting from the Monday Mantras Link Up.

How cool! I've never seen pictures of salmon swimming upstream. At least, not on something that was not like a nature documentary or something.

Anyway, it’s nice to "meet" you. I hope you can pop over to my blog and say hi sometime if you get the chance.

Rose said...

How interesting! I've never seen photos of that before, much less seen it in person. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen said...

Wow - pretty crazy! Nothing like that in my desert corner of the world!

BeadedTail said...

That's quite a sight! We haven't seen any salmon in the rivers like that but I'd love to!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Salmon are such determined creatures! The red in the water makes for a beautiful fall color!

Athena said...

Wow, that's amazing! Something I'd love to see myself someday.

Kaili Williams said...

Oh wow! They look so bright

ZudaGay said...

Wow! the color is amazing! Thanks for sharing, that would be so cool to get to see.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I did not know Salmon were that red....or is it just when they are spawning? Whatever it is, the picture is spectacular!

Luella Newkirk said...

This is one of my favorite colors any time of the year! Thanks for sharing more beauty from the Pacific Northwest!!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love seeing salmon make that trip! great photos.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Aren't those salmon bright and beautiful? They look almost like goldfish/koi.

tamdoll said...

Amazing pictures of the salmon!!!

I hope you're having a good trip & to see you back in blog-land when you return.

Splendid Little Stars said...

fascinating! How cool to see this in person!