July 26, 2011

on the banks of Lagunitas Creek


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photo by Donald Kinney

Two dams upstream on the mighty Lagunitas regulate it's flow. The native Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout now find the creek in which they spawn shortened by the "progress" of man.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Actually, the Lagunitas Creek has to be one of the most scientifically studied creeks on the Pacific Coast. State, County, and Federal NOAA scientists are out at the creek studying it's conditions and variables almost as much as that Donald Kinney guy with his camera.



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photo by Donald Kinney

The spawning populations of Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout have dropped from a run of thousands in the late 1800's to just a few hundred today. Oh, the creek is a fairly safe haven, even within limits of the dams, but the fishies don't all make it back to this place of their birth to spawn and begin the process again. It seems to be a matter of pollution and overfishing at sea. Damming the creek doesn't help either. We are SO bad.



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2 comments:

Myriam said...

je suis fran├žaise. Je trouve ces photos magiques. Merci

photowannabe said...

Love your textures and patterns Don. I see another book coming.

 
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