Posts Tagged ‘Salmon


dip net platforms…

at Cascade Locks, Oregon. Unoccupied this day. Below is a photo I took at The Dalles near the previously posted ’tilt house’ area. That fellow is enjoying solitude. Such platforms are traditionally the works of Native Americans, who dip a long handled net in hope of scooping a salmon passing through. They harvest the fish, then sell them near the highways, to passerby.



holding water…

for the Chinook Salmon heading upriver to spawn

Salmon River (Oregon) near Rose Lodge


Stream survey for salmon…

A stroll up Crystal Springs, in Portland, looking for signs of Coho Salmon spawning…usually spawned out/dead fish or possibly still on the redd. Crystal Springs comes out of a hillside up by my house, runs into a man made lake (Reed Lake) and the continues out for a few miles to Johnson Creek, which dumps into the larger Willamette River, a major tributary of the mighty Columbia River. Efforts have been ongoing for several years to improve habitat along the stream for returning Coho. In our region, Coho are also called Silvers.


just beneath the surface…

the leaves, for the moment, stuck in time…   A Oregon coastal river waiting for freshets and salmon.

“There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things.” Robert Wilson Lynd



Leaves beneath-rapids-SwittersB


Salmon passing by…



Moving upriver…

Here is a Chinook Salmon moving up the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. A subterranean viewing room allows visitors to watch all manner of fish swimming against a strong current, moving up the fish ladder. This has allowed the fish to bypass the deadly turbines of the dam’s hydroelectric process. Here, my Grandson Maddox took in the Salmon & Steelhead moving by the viewing windows.

bonneville dam, fish, Maddox, SwittersB

salmon, Bonneville Dam fish ladder, Maddox, SwittersB


Artist, Fish & Air Conditioning Unit

fish art on a wall,

a crap neighborhood canvas 

fish, river, mountain

fish, wall, painting, art, mountain, Portland, SwittersB (1 of 1)


Stairway (Salmon Passage)

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A small tributary on an Oregon coastal river. Last October, I watched hundreds of Coho (Silver) and Chinook (King) staged off the mouth of this small stream. Throughout the day, the fish pushed up through the rapids, their backs protruding out of the water. These fish had traveled, as young fish, up to 900 miles out in the ocean toward Alaska or closer to British Columbia. They return to their native headwaters (or the unnatural fish hatchery) spawn and then soon die right there. The cycle continues each year as fish return after 2-6 years in the ocean. A magical cycle to witness. Next year, I have vowed to spend less time catching or even watching and position myself next to the mouth of that stream and attempt to photograph the salmon as they push upward through the rapids. The water is splashed far and wide so I will eventually need to clean that lens. 


High Water Beautification

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Man’s attempt at some form of habitat management and control of Salmon/Steelhead/Sea Run Cutthroat passage up the Salmon River (Oregon Coast). I am sure there was/is a supposed benefit to the fish with the construction of this spillway at the hatchery on the Salmon River. Yet there is a visceral brain tweak with ugly, manmade, unnecessary coming to mind. The supposed practical vs. wild/natural conflict in my mind. The river does look better at a higher level and hides the ugly structure below. I doubt there was a passage issue before that the fish could not have conquered at such a low gradient. The first image was in early October, the second shot in January.


Sometimes we lose our way……..

Life’s storms can take us off course. Often we seem to instinctively follow others toward vague, ill suited goals. The photo below could replace the analogy of sheep following sheep. Perhaps salmon, off course, following salmon would be more appropriate sometimes.

The Chum Salmon left the ocean and entered Tillamook Bay and then per their genetics, the Kilchis River. However, torrential rains raised the Kilchis River well above the banks and into the pastures and out beyond flooding roads and nearby homes. The salmon lost their way, leaving their destiny behind and charting a new course. Many followed along, following the leader so to speak. All would die, as the water receded, they would find themselves far from their destiny, far from their life’s requirements…water, oxygen, reproduction. High, dry and eventually dead. Rebellion vs. conformity and then there is just a wrong turn.

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The Chum Salmon have lost their way. Notice others, also lost, hold in the road side water, not yet prepared to push across the roadway. A sad event to witness, but impossible to help by now.


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