Yesterday we went to a place called, Strawberry Reservoir to see the Salmon spawn.
The fish swim upstream as they fight to get to where they want to spawn. Did you know when Salmon get ready to spawn they turn a red/orange? It is the craziest thing!
I have no idea why Mr. J is on the other side of the fence standing on the information sign. He's the littlest. He gets away with stuff. You can bet if I were on the other side of the fence standing on the information sign I'd get in trouble in two seconds! Young + Little+ Cute = You Can Get Away With Anything
A little school of Salmon making their way upstream.
More fighting and thrashing to get up over some rocks and shallows.
Really quite ugly. Their faces don't change. Just their bodies. We were told that at this point they are pretty much zombies. They've used all of their fats and energy to get upstream so they aren't even good for eating. They spawn and then die. They taste like mush we were told.
These fish are going to anatomy school. These are males. They are studying female anatomy.
Hi. My name is Bruce. Fish are friends..............
Yanked out of the water by one's tail. I'd be screaming too.
Dental school anyone? He needs a floss and brushing before he goes to meet the ladies.
A day spent on the banks of a stream. Contemplating. Watching fish fight their way up stream to........ well........ procreate...... and then die.
Makes a body want to jump up, stick their tongue out, and run off. "Don't do it!!!! Swim the other way!!!" But they are doomed. Once they've turned to the dark side........ once they've turned red.......
We know what happens...................
Anyway. Meanwhile, back at the ranch.........
A very nice afternoon was spent sitting on the edge of the stream.
Easy to be at peace when you haven't turned to the dark side.
Especially when you're a cool older brother who helps little ones walk on the rocks without falling in. A good steady arm to hold onto.
You can thank me later.