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The River Runs Red
Oct 2010 Barbara Read

The River Runs Red

Adams, River view map

The Sockeye salmon run on the Adams River was the biggest on record.
During October this year, an estimated 15 million Fraser River sockeye salmon will have returned
home to British Columbia after spending two years out in the Pacific Ocean. These adult sockeye will
battle the Fraser River and the Thompson River to reach the Adams River. Along their journey, the
sockeye will seek out the streams that gave them life four years earlier. The 12- kilometer long
Adams River will be one of the final stops for millions of these salmon. While the sockeye return
every year, the migration that occurs every fourth year (2010, 2014, 2018...) dwarfs the others.
Over three million sockeye made the journey in 2002.

Edit: updated image with a fresh crop and processing.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II ,Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM ,Digital
1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 2500, 310mm, -1/3 EV full exif

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Russell Tunny28-Jul-2013 00:56
Great image with diagonal composition. I have never seen fish density so high in the wild. V!
Bruno Lombard18-May-2011 07:37
What a vision ! simply beautiful and so stunning !!
David Nathanson18-Feb-2011 06:01
Amazing how the numbers have swelled since 2002. This image has a lovely painterly quality to it. V
Milan Vogrin01-Dec-2010 08:42
Very nice image!
Light_Works16-Nov-2010 20:38
Interesting image! V.
Nina Ludwig30-Oct-2010 13:04
Wow! Wonderful image Barbara! What a spectacle it must have been to see this!
lou_rozensteins30-Oct-2010 01:00
This is great, especially to someone like me who has never seen this phenomenon ..... they are a much brighter colour than I imagined. Nice details. I hope you have more!!
Tom Munson30-Oct-2010 00:28
Fantastic image, Barbara! Great colors and sharp! With that many fish there has to be bears!!
Chris Spracklen29-Oct-2010 22:00
Incredible story and a wonderful photo of these blood-red salmon, Barbara. (V)
Aud Elise Sjøsæther29-Oct-2010 20:44
Lovely colors and compo! V
John29-Oct-2010 19:19
You're a very lucky man to witness this wonder of nature. Seen a documentary on TV and oh, that was impressive. ~V~
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography29-Oct-2010 19:10
Wow! Excellent shot, Voted.
Alain Boussac29-Oct-2010 16:11
Wonderful image, color and light. Great event and superb title too. Thanks for all your explanations. V.
Jeff Waldorff29-Oct-2010 12:16
Beautiful! Thank you for the very interesting info on their migration.
fdt29-Oct-2010 06:25
Great shot. Beautiful colors and pattern. f
eye2see29-Oct-2010 06:22
Beautiful colors, composition and details! Bravo ~V
Don Mottershead29-Oct-2010 04:02
Great shot of a great event.
Gérard Koehl29-Oct-2010 03:11
Magnifique... V
Marcia Colelli29-Oct-2010 01:48
Nice composition and interesting subject. Great title V