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Going Home
Oct 2010 Fred Schaad

Going Home

Adams, River view map

More than 34 million Fraser River sockeye salmon returned home to British Columbia after spending
two years out in the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps, the largest salmon run on record. These adult sockeye
will battle the Fraser River and the Thompson River to reach the Adams River. Along their journey,
the sockeye seek out the streams that gave them life four years earlier. The 12- kilometer long
Adams River is the final stop for as many as two million 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.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ,Digital
1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 800, 70mm, -2/3 EV full exif

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Ann Pettigrew25-Dec-2011 02:01
They are gorgeous! I didn't realize they are such a beautiful red. How in the world are they counted? Very interesting stats. Thanks.
James Robertson04-Apr-2011 03:19
Great shot and commentary, Fred and Barbara. We hear of the dwindling numbers of fish like the salmon, but your picture and the numbers you cite seems to indicate otherwise.
Yi Feng15-Dec-2010 04:19
Fantastic capture. Amazing creature.
Steve Morris13-Dec-2010 11:12
Like an oil painting - love the colours and the info!!BV
Raymond Ma13-Dec-2010 08:59
Amazing vibrant colors. Fascinating how they are so tuned in to returning
to their birth place despite the hardship and struggle to get there. V
lou_rozensteins13-Dec-2010 08:55
Amazing colour .... I understand they are only this colour at the end of their lives. It's a great shot. Well done.
longbachnguyen13-Dec-2010 07:12
beautiful and great colors
Fred Parsons13-Dec-2010 01:54
Very nice. When I was just a " yeut" of ten or so, and living near New Bedford MA, my parents would take me down to the Cape Cod canal to see the Herring Run set up there, a series of cement dams for the fish to jump up over. You could reach out and catch a fish with your hands if you were fast enough. Tons of them. Today there are hardly any fish there..........
silvia marmori12-Dec-2010 23:16
a great shot and a so interesting story..
thanks for sharing both..
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography12-Dec-2010 23:02
Excellent capture, fine colors and very interesting story, Voted.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad12-Dec-2010 20:13
All type of wildlife feast on the salmon. There is research to show that the trees in the forest immediately surrounding the salmon rivers have marine isotopes and their growth rings are larger after the bigger salmon runs. They call these forests "the salmon forests."
Tom Munson12-Dec-2010 19:44
Gorgeous image, Fred! The bears must really work these over when there in.
Gérard Koehl12-Dec-2010 19:06
Wow... magnifique. V
Aud Elise Sjøsæther12-Dec-2010 19:06
Wonderful picture! Love the colors and the surface of the water. V