Monday, October 08, 2007

Lending Lift To The Fishes

Salmon Cascades on the Sol Duc River, on a rainy rainy day. They actually do jump, fly through the air; as well as swim-like-mad-up-hills-of-downpouring-water. I was out there for a couple of hours in the morning, then I went to the ocean but actually I wanted to watch the salmon some more so I went back to the Cascade. By the time I got back the river was much higher, and it went on rising all afternoon. Amazing huge vast amounts of water, all foamy. And the salmon did their thing, and the people watching went 'ooh', and 'wow', and shouted 'go-go-go' and 'that one made it!!!'. People would rise up on their toes, or flap their arms, trying to lend lift to the fishes. When one of them made it particularly quickly up the side from pool to pool, I waved and called out 'goodbye'. The man standing near me called out, 'Have lots of babies'.

I might go back today, to try to see some fish in the pool below the cascade. Apparently since they are in their spawning colors they should also have proper hooked mouths, but you couldn't tell while they were leaping.

I didn't even try to get a picture of fish in flight. There was a nice one in the Peninsula Daily News last week.

Vine maples


Anonymous said...

"Paties coming in from Keno state that the run of salmon in the Klamath River this year is the heaviest it has ever known. There are millions of the fish below the falls near Keno, and it is said that a man with a gaff could easily land a hundred of the salmon in an hour, in fact they could be caught as fast as a man could pull them in..."

Klamath Falls Herald and News
Sept. 24, 1908

mb in Port Angeles said...

Millions. Oh. Time was.

Anonymous said...

Millions. Yeah. That was the part that got me too.