Death…. and life

Death and re-birth – Copyright by Jay Nicholas

This simple watercolor image represents the transition occurring this season in wild salmon rivers across the Pacific  Northwest.

Salmon spawn, die, and their carcasses decay, nourishing  unborn salmon that will emerge from gravels next spring and overwintering juveniles that must survive this winter’s harshness.

Roderick Haig-Brown once wrote of …”tons and tons of silver strength,” buried beneath the river’s gravel in winter.  His reference to the treasure of salmon eggs that bridged the generations of salmon still inspiree me, even though I can not  place my hand on the reference right now.  Surely, it must have been his must-read Fisherman’s Winter.


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