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Many times I have had the opportunity to watch the salmon spawning. They move in from the oceans, miraculously back to the place where they were born. The colors of the fish change from the lovely silvery color to shades of black and red. After spawning they die, washing up along the rocks at the sides of the rivers. There are also hatcheries which help in the reproduction of salmon, providing ladders for the fish to go up, where they head in to tanks and do their thing. The next years fish are also contained before they are released out to sea. So, let’s take a look at this cycle beginning with the fish going up a river, and then to the hatchery! Be sure to watch the video at the end!

Here is a shot of a healthy salmon before spawning. They are silver in color before they head into fresh water to spawn.

Salmon face

Salmon face

Once they head upstream and into the fresh water they lose this color as their bodies get ready for spawning. Standing along a bridge near the mouth of the river, I capture a number of shots of the salmon. Their colors have changed. See if you can spot the salmon in the water in these next shots.

Three spawning salmon

Three spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Here is a shot of the salmon from the above photo a bit closer…

Close in on some of the ten

Close in on some of the ten

We headed to a hatchery, and the folks there help the salmon species to continue on. The salmon that head to this hatchery were born here. Along a river, they have set up a ladder to resemble the uphill climb. The fish head for this ladder.

This is the ladder at the hatchery

This is the ladder at the hatchery

As the tide comes in the ladder fills up. Looking through a window set into the ladder you can see the fish…

Going up the ladder

Going up the ladder

Once they hit the top of the ladder, the fish go into holding tanks. There is a mechanism that sorts the fish by size. Here are some of the salmon in the holding tank. There are a lot of them!

Before spawning at the hatchery

Before spawning at the hatchery

Here they will collect the eggs and sperm and raise the babies. Here are the babies…

Baby salmon

Baby salmon

Out in the wild, the male salmon go through a number of phases in their spawning process. They develop humps on their back, and their mouths enlarge to create a hook at the snout. Both male and female, when they enter the fresh water they both stop drinking, relying on a gland in their bodies that has stored salt so that they do not get dehydrated.

Here is a salmon heading upstream! You can already see the color change on the fish. From the hump and the curved snout this appears to be a male.

Heading upstream

Heading upstream

The male is the first to arrive at the spawning ground and mark off their territory where the gravel is not too small and not too large. When the female arrives she uses her body to create what is called a “redd.” This is a depression in the gravel and will become the nest for the eggs. With her body she signals the male that she is ready to lay her eggs. The males fight and it is the dominant male that gets to spawn with the female. Swimming side to side she releases her eggs and he releases his sperm. The sperm, called milt, mixes with the eggs. They do this again a bit farther up the stream and the gravel she moves covers over the eggs and sperm from the first batch.

The male dies fairly quickly after spawning is done, and the female hangs around for a couple of weeks by her nests, and then finally dies off, and her body gets carried downstream. Here are two salmon who have done their job, their bodies have floated downstream. They don’t smell to good either!

They have done their job!

They have done their job!

Here is a quick video that I took of the spawning salmon, the river and the little babies. Click on the link, and then on the button at the bottom right to enlarge to full screen. The sound you hear is natural sound and was not dubbed in to the film.

Well, this got to be a lengthy blog! Thanks for stopping by and for hanging in there to read this thanks! Be well! ^..^

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On a trip that we took to Alaska, on a cruise ship, we visited Glacier Bay. I wanted to share with you today photos that I captured of Marjorie Glacier calving! Calving is when ice breaks from the glacier and drops into the water. I suggest that you enlarge the photos so that you can see all the details as the ice breaks, drops and plunges into the water only to rise again!

Standing on deck, I hear a cracking sound that is louder than the ships engines. And I watch as ice begins to break free!

Dropping ice

Dropping ice

This next photo shows a huge chunk of ice that has cracked off starting to drop!

Calving

Calving

The chunk hits the water!

Hitting the water

Hitting the water

The water splashes up as the ice goes down!

The splash!

The splash!

And, a wave is formed rolling towards us.

The emerging wave

The emerging wave

And the ice pops back up to the surface!

Coming back up again

Coming back up again

This last shot shows the new iceberg floating in front of the glacier. Look for the arrow in this photo which points out the piece!

The broken piece now floats

The broken piece now floats

Wasn’t that cool? :) Stay tuned for some other glacier photos and facts!

Thank you for stopping by today and be well! ^..^

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I love the different patterns one can find when looking at tree bark. On a recent outing I was struck by the amazing colors and patterns on birch bark. So, today I thought I would share with you the beauty of birch!

Let’s start by checking out this lovely quartet! What is striking is the differences in each tree!

Quartet

Quartet

I love how colorful this bark can be! I was mistaken in believing that the bark on this tree was white!

Colorful

Colorful

I love the way the bark peels back on this tree!

Peeling

Peeling

Can you see the bird’s face in the bark in this next shot?

A birds face

A birds face

This next shot shows the interior of the tree. Makes me wonder what happened to cause the split in the tree!

Banded

Banded

Can you see the person staring out from the opening in this last shot?

The face within

The face within

So, what do you think of this tree bark?

Thank you for dropping by today, and be well! ^..^

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Kevin Conboy has chosen the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge; and it is “Refraction.” What is refraction? Miriam Webster defines refraction as: 1) deflection from a straight path undergone by a light ray or energy wave in passing obliquely from one medium (as air) into another (as glass) in which its velocity is different; 2) the change in the apparent position of a celestial body due to bending of the light rays emanating from it as they pass through the atmosphere; also: the correction to be applied to the apparent position of a body because of this bending; and 3) the action of distorting an image by viewing through a medium. I share with you refraction!

Split image

Split image

Angles

Angles

Bending light

Bending light

Reflected lines

Reflected lines

Running through

Running through

From the center

From the center

Did I meet the challenge?

Have a fantastic Friday and thank you for visiting with me today! Be well! ^..^

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As the world around us changes with the seasons, I find fall all around me. I love watching the world blanket itself in all the lovely shades of golds to reds. On a recent drive that my husband and I took, I captured some of these amazing fall colors! How about we check it out together? Ready?

The beauty of fall!

The beauty of fall!

Pretty, isn’t it? Here is a close up shot from that same spot!

Bands of color

Bands of color

Check out the blanket at the base of this mountain!

A blanket of color at the base of a mountain

A blanket of color at the base of a mountain

A lake, nestled in between the mountains, has lots of color around it!

Fall colors surround a lake

Fall colors surround a lake

Then there are the contrasting colors of the evergreens and the deciduous trees!

Contrasting colors

Contrasting colors

Isn’t fall just lovely?

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for dropping by! Have an amazing day and be well! ^..^

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Get a little bit of rain, mix it with a bit of leaf litter, and the mushrooms begin to pop! You can find them everywhere, even in the grass and mossy areas of the yard! Today I wanted to share some of these lovelies with you that I took after our recent rain!

Coming up from leaf litter

Coming up from leaf litter

I discovered this mushroom which reminds me of…well tell me if you agree from the photo description!

The booby mushroom

The booby mushroom

Here is a newie! You can gauge the size of it by the blades of grass that surround it!

Teeny tiny

Teeny tiny

Here is one that has already shed its spores and is fading…

Curling

Curling

Wandering about, I discovered these flat tops!

Flat tops

Flat tops

And, one final shot of a lovely mix of mushrooms…

A lovely mix

A lovely mix

I hope that you enjoyed these mushrooms! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Michelle over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Dreamy” for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Great topic Michelle! She asks that we share “an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” Ready?

Using Michelle’s words: This photo is “silent, peaceful, perfect.”

Silent, peaceful, perfect!

Silent, peaceful, perfect!

Sometimes I wake up in a fog…

I wake up in a fog

I wake up in a fog

Other times, I find myself floating…

Floating

Floating

Or looking at something that seems not of this world!

Not of this world

Not of this world

I often find my head in the clouds…

Head in the clouds

Head in the clouds

Or, just drifting amongst the mountain tops!

The fogs drifts along the mountains

The fogs drifts along the mountains

Where does “dreamy” take you? Add your photos to the WordPress Photo Challenge!

Enjoy your Friday! ^..^

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