December 24, 2007
Let's go see some salmon!
Here in the Northwest we do love our salmon. Let's go see some! We're off to the 'Locks'. That's where the water from the gigantic freshwater Lake Washington & Lake Union meets the Puget Sound.
Boats and ships of all sorts go through the locks to get to dock. And there's lots of wildlife around too.
Here's a little Kingfisher with polka dot feathers. It's almost impossible to get this close to them anywhere else, as they are so skittish. In March there is a nearby roosting tree where dozens of giant Blue Herons all nest in one tree. It's really quite a sight.
This freshwater is the gateway to many salmon that swim back from their 4 years in the ocean. I guess it's sort of like college for them. They want to return home after 4 years.
I luv this sculpture that is installed here. Usually public sculpture misses the mark, but this one is fabulous.
Fall is the best time to see the salmon. But there's usually some all year round.
It's a mesmerizing sight watching the giant salmon slowly swim past. They're getting acclimatized to the fresh water. Just imagine all the places they've been...