January 09, 2012

Coho Salmon now spawning in Lagunitas Creek


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photo by Donald Kinney

This is my creek. The mighty and beautiful, and mighty-beautiful Lagunitas. "La-goo-ni'-tas" -- the word means "little lagoons" in Spanish, so I'm told.



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For the past few days I've been watching "Mom" here, dressed smartly in red and gold, guarding eggs that she has deposited in the gravel creek-bed.



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And here she is again, watching her beau kick up a little sediment as he goes about the important business of fertilizing her eggs.



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So, after depositing 2500 to 5000 eggs, and after "Jack" has had his day, "Mom" here will have completed her three year life cycle and die. A year in the creek as a juvenile, and two years at sea--always able to "sniff out" the particular stream or tributary of her birth.


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5 comments:

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures, I love those colors excellent fish of the Lagunitas, performed with great delicacy. Greetings.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Very nice capture of the salmon. Well done Donald.

namastenancy said...

Beauty and the cycle of life - gorgeous photos.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful. I always think its so amazing they can find their way back "home".

sfmike said...

That's quite a life. Ditto the comments on amazing photos.

 
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