Monday, October 14, 2013

A Tale of Life & Death...

Snoqualmie River
This morning my Dutch friend A. came over and after a quick cup of coffee and some banana bread we took off for a walk along both the Snoqualmie and the Tolt Rivers...

Tolt River
The temperature was only around 37F/ 4C and it was still very foggy out, but oh boy, what beauty all around us. Breathe in, breathe out...

But not too much breathing in because the smell in certain areas was horrendous: dead salmon everywhere!

Salmon eggs (caviar!) and maggots...
The struggle between life & death...
Some wore still alive thank goodness, struggling up the river...

The salmon have been 'running' for a few weeks now and I think we are nearing the end of their season and with that their life cycle. We were surprised not to see any Black Bears (thank goodness for that!) or any Eagles flying around trying to feast on all this bounty, but we did spot Mr. Heron, spying from a log...

One leg...
Two legs...
And off he went...
We walked back through the park and by the time we got home the sun had come out and the skies were bright blue. What a beautiful place we live in!  {smile}

Mirror in the pond...
Beautiful droplets on this Blue Spruce...

PS Thank you so much for all your positive comments on my last post (and on all my other posts as well of course). Selling your own work is a rather scary endeavor and it is nice to have such wonderful support from all of you!


  1. Your pics are lovely. Daughter B mentioned it to me today on the phone, too! We both miss you 4 a lot.

  2. Ewww! So much for a nice relaxing walk! :)

  3. I love the mirrored tree shot!

  4. Heel mooi, vooral die mistige en die populieren zijn ook mooi!

  5. Wow salmons everywhere, okay they are dead not so nice:) You are living really beautiful place.

  6. Wat apart om dat zo maar tegen te komen.. je weet, dat het bij de natuur hoort, maar toch ;)! Prachtige foto's van een schitterende natuur laat je ons weer zien!!

  7. Oh, no, what has happened to the salmon? It looks terrible. That ain't the order of nature, is it? I think it looks alarming.

    However teh surroundings are beautiful and I love the poplars! And the upside tree is amazing.


  8. You live in such a beautiful place...I love the sea, where we live, but oh my, countryside/nature is so wonderful too. Blessed - both of us! :)

    Liking your new header and blog look - that vintage-advert style of header is so hot right now - one of my fave styles. I wish I had the time to play with digital stuff - not a chance at the moment.

    By the way, just been reading backwards a bit through your posts, and your kindle/ipad cases are fabulous! Great job. I am also intrigued how you did it to get the zip end hanging out - did you follow a tutorial? It's a super look!

  9. Your surroundings are a real wilderness! What an adventure to take a walk where you live! Spectacular but a bit sad with all the dead salmons! But that's life...
    Kram, Monica

  10. You are so lucky to live there, so beautiful and lush, poor fishies, the silly black bears are missing out not gobbling them all up!


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