Last days

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

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Spawning salmon at Whittaker Creek

The air was still and cold when we took this photo, and there was only one fish holding in a ragged pattern below the surface of the water.

Salmon are a keystone species, that is, their effect on the immediate environment is disproportionate to size or numbers. They return  to their natal site to spawn before they die. Salmon runs push nutrients from the ocean far upstream, endowing richness and diversity, feeding aquatic plants, insects, soil and forest.  We’ve visited this site over the years, and seen the number of fish who return diminish steadily. All are in motion: water, fish, the times.

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