Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
  #1
Cycle of life
Lens: DA 300 Photo Location: Deming, WA ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: jnguyen, 12-06-2012, 07:48 PM

From December to January Chum salmon migrate up the Nooksack River to spawn. To ensure the survival of their progeny, these salmon die. Their bodies feed eagles, bears and scavengers. Those not eaten decomposes in the spring, providing fertilizer to this nutrient poor mountain river. By enriching the river, algae and insects bloom in the spring. These insects and algae in turn feeds the newly hatched salmon. Thus, the cycle of life is renewed.

The salmon run is low this year, according to local fishermen. Not many salmon have returned. This is bad for the eagles but is good for a photographer. When food is scarced, more eagles congregate to this part of the river. I recently got the adapter for my Q. With my DA300mm, I will have a 1650mm lens! I hope to capture more photos of eagles in the next two months.

Attached Images
         

Views: 630
12-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
Veteran Member
Bob Harris's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Canon City, Colorado
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 18,471
wonderful series accompanied by a great narrative. A pleasure to view.
12-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
GeoJerry's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,085
Gruesome and awesome. Nice job!
12-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #4
Pentaxian
slowpez's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: South Carolina, USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 17,848
Fascinating as life and death struggles are. TFS.

12-08-2012, 08:17 AM   #5
Veteran Member
tessfully's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: S. Algonquin, Ontario
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,855
Totally awesome series! Great shooting... what a scene to come upon!
12-08-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
baro-nite's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Carolina, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,676
Some of the most beautiful images of rotting fish I can ever imagine seeing! Great work with the eagles, too -- Q power marches on.
12-09-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 286
Nice Eagle shots. I had a chance at some this summer, however the length of my shot, and exposure time, along with the wave action on my rocking boat messed things up a little, Lots of noise and a little blurry. Yours however are awesome.

Take me with you!!!!


Theo
12-09-2012, 10:40 PM   #8
Veteran Member




Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 446
Original Poster
Thank you for your comments. The salmon just recently died and so it still retained some of its breeding colors.

Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
algae, camera, cycle, eagles, insects, life, photo, river, salmon
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Error Short Cycle LogIn monochrome Site Suggestions and Help 2 09-09-2012 10:44 AM
Life Cycle tessfully Monthly Photo Contests 0 08-24-2011 04:38 PM
Question about the duty cycle of the shutter justtakingpics Pentax DSLR Discussion 10 10-27-2010 12:25 PM
The cycle of life jmschrei Monthly Photo Contests 0 07-27-2010 09:56 PM
Life cycle NaClH2O Post Your Photos! 6 05-17-2008 02:07 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:28 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top