A camera walk was the only item on my agenda today. I haven’t been on one for awhile. I was due. My wife and I had traveled yesterday to camp with friends near Shuswap Lake west of Salmon Arm, B.C. This is a beautiful part of British Columbia.
Shuswap Lake is know world wide for the annual Sockeye salmon run that occurs at this time of year. Most famous is the Adam’s River salmon run which starts around the end of September. Not so well known is the Scotch Creek Salmon run. It is occurring now and to me is equally fascinating. That was my destination this morning.
Usually I’m out just after sunrise for my camera walks. This morning, after having been up early to golf with my buddies during the week, I slept in. It seems that geezers like the early tee times so they can finish and get home early…..I’m not sure for what, though. After all we are retired with lots of time on our hands. Oh well…. I digress.
After a drive of about half and hour I was hiking along the banks of Scotch Creek. The salmon had returned! Not in the numbers I have seen in past years but there were many more than last year. About four years ago there were record numbers of returning salmon. The opportunities to photograph the spectacle were abundant.
I wasn’t the only one there to see the salmon this morning. Many others had also stopped to witness the spectacle. Its difficult to negotiate the rocks and the river to get the images I was looking while also having to work around groups of curious tourists. I decided to return just after sunrise the next morning when I would be alone and the light would be mellow. Before leaving I ‘scouted out’ a few interesting sites where it was easy to get down to the water’s edge close to the spawning salmon.
A tripod is necessary if you hope to capture the drama of salmon spawning in fast moving water. In this image I captured the movement of the water by using a slow shutter speed. The brilliant red of the returning salmon contrasts the muted color of those that have completed their life cycle and now litter the water’s edge.