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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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The Music Room - Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Music Room – Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was in the music room at the back of the house that he came up with the lyrics to the song “Shout.” He had gotten into a fight with his parents, and the words flowed as he wrote this song.

Rather than pressing his father’s violent button, he felt that he had sold his soul. Both parents had a one-track mind, one that said he should be a working boy. He hoped he would live to tell the tale.

He loved his parents and he gave them hell. Time to kiss them goodbye with this best selling song.


Tears for Fears – Shout! Video from Vimeo
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and also for the photo that inspired this bit of flash! The album “Songs from the Chair” sitting on the piano caught my eye and, well…

Thank you dear reader for stopping by! I hope you took a moment to listen to the music! I love Tears for Fears!

Be well and have a fantastic Friday! ^..^

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God gave us dogs. He gave us the dog to show us what unconditional love is. He gave us the dog for companionship. He gave us the dog to comfort us in time of need. And, he gave us the dog to lift our spirits! Here is a video that my cousin shared with me about God giving us the dog!

I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did! And here is to the little flower that lives with us in our house and is a great source of love, joy, and comfort to us both!

The Astro flower

The Astro flower

Thank you for visiting today, and have a wonderful day! Be well! ^..^

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On July 2nd I did a post on the baby turkeys that visited with us. That post: A Family Comes to Visit. So, for today, I am posting a quick video of the babies eating with the mommy turkeys, and then, I wanted to share photos of how big they are today!

Cute aren’t they?

And here is a photo of the babies this last June.

The babies in June

The babies in June

Here they are today!

Not so little babies!

Not so little babies!

Here is a future Mom!

Future Mom

Future Mom

Watchful Mom

Watchful Mom

They really are pretty birds!

Oooo baby!

Oooo baby!

I love it when they ruffle their feathers!

Shake it off!

Shake it off!

We are fortunate that we get to enjoy the wildlife up here in the Sierra Foothills! Stay tuned for more wildlife!

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! I hope that you enjoyed the video and the photos! Be well! ^..^

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When we visited the Sacramento Zoo, in the area where the birds are located we found one odd bird! Tell me if you agree!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

That knob on the top might be his nostrils! I am sorry that I do not know what kind of bird this is! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know and I will add it and link that info to you! This bird, to give you an idea of how big it is, is larger than a very large turkey!

UPDATE: Thank you to Veronica Roth who told me that this odd bird is an Abyssinian ground hornbill!

Check out this bird’s eyelashes! Maybelline might just have a new eyelash model with this baby! If you click on this photo you will be able to really see the detail!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

And what about these legs?

Lovely legs!

Lovely legs!

I did manage to get a bit of video! This bird just kept walking back and forth in front of us. So, here is:

May you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you for taking the time today to visit with me, and be well!

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We visited Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. I am happy to report that I made a connection with one dolphin in particular, and today I wanted to share photos that I took while I was there. Also, I am including a short video that I compiled of the Dolphins at this habitat!

This first dolphin was a ham in front of the camera! The docent at the habitat said, “Just as you are watching them, they are watching you!” I think this guy might have been happy to see me!

Posing for me!

Posing for me!

Here are the rest of the photos that I took…

I see you!

I see you!

A pair of females

A pair of females

Coming straight on for you

Coming straight on for you

Another pose

Another pose

Calling out a greeting

Calling out a greeting

Underwater

Underwater

Happy face

Happy face

I hope you liked the photos! Now for a short film…

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Have a great Sunday! Take care!

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There we were sitting there enjoying our evening cocktail, a Limoncello Cosmo was the evenings fare, when we saw a fox come into view. Now this is not unusual and we have been visited quite frequently this year by one, a juvenile male. But this day was different. Maybe it had to do with the phase of the moon…or not…

Such a happy fox!

Such a happy fox!

Anyway, the fox came into view and sat down staring at us. I sometimes toss out some of the dry cat food that my little fussbudgets inside will not eat. And, I just happened to have of an unwanted food. I swear the fox was mentally telling me, “Stoke my belly!” So I grabbed the dry food bag and headed out to where the fox was only to discover that there was not one but three! A family! Here is a video, a little over three minutes, of our encounter. If you turn up the sound you will hear one of the fox growling at me on my second trip up to add more food.

Some facts about the Gray Fox: They are a monogamous critter, and in our area the breeding season is in February. The gestation period is about 53 days. The female will have 1 – 7 kits. The babies will stay with the mother until the fall when they will reach maturity. This fox can actually climb trees, which they will do to get away from predators. Here these fox not only eat moles, voles and birds, but they also love berries! This is why I had to add a screen around my garden because I had one eat all my strawberries!

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

Cute little creatures, aren’t they? I hope that you enjoyed the video! Have a great Monday and thank you for the visit!

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