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.