The radio program Ideas on CBC had an episode on Saving Salmon. Having witnessed the Adams River sockeye salmon run last year, I was very interested in the thoughts presented in the program. It changed my opinion of farm raised Atlantic salmon and how the farms are affecting the condition of the coastal environment. I no longer purchase farm raised Atlantic salmon from stores or restaurants. It explained how the record high number of returning salmon in the 2010 run was made possible by the fact that it is the only run that travels up the west coast of Vancouver Island, there by avoiding travelling past the 70 some fish farms up through Johnstone Straight and on to the North Pacific.
Listen for yourself and form your own opinions: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/07/15/saving-salmon-2/
In the best light…
To close out the year, I thought I’d take you through what I think are my highlights from the past 12 months, followed by the location, comments and shooting info.
April 26 – Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Nikon D300s, Nikkor 24-70mm @ 70mm, f/8, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, Gitzo tripod
Here’s Kelly Funk’s blog on his workshop I attended on October 16, 2010.
Great Blue Herons are one of my wife’s favourite birds. The ones we usually see in our travels on the prairies have already left for the season. At Adams River, BC the herons were still in the area, feeding on the fishing bounty. (more…)
Barbara Zimonick from Kamloops, BC at Adams River shooting video from her “Hockey Stick Cam”. She gaffer taped her waterproof point and shoot to the blade of the hockey stick. After starting the video, she put the camera underwater near the salmon. By moving slowly, she was able to get quite close to the fish. A very ingenious and low cost solution to an interesting problem. (more…)
Just as the fish stack up in the the river channel, I have a backlog of images that I need to process and blog about. My travel schedule has been hectic as of late, and I don’t have any prewritten blog posts. My day job is interfering with my ability to do what I want to do, but something needs to pay the bills and feed my habit. As a result, This will be my last blog entry until the weekend. Sorry, but that’s the way things go sometimes. I’ve been having too much fun and not writing enough.
More to come. jf
Today was a day that I shan’t soon forget. I spent the day with Kelly Funk and a number of other talented photographers. Kelly and his friend Barbara took us to an out of the way creek that was a tributary of the Adams River. The shallow narrow waters provided excellent photographic opportunities you could not get from a deeper or wider waterway. It was a perfect hideaway amongst the cedars and moss covered rocks. (more…)
I’m staying at the Hosteling International, Shuswap Hostel at Squilax, BC. They have limited internet so, I’ll try not to use up their bandwidth. The above photo is the back of the Squilax General Store. The lower left window is my room. (more…)
2010 is going to be a record year for the sockeye salmon on the Adams River run. Some say that the huge return is a mystery. The fact remains, fish are coming and the Adams River Salmon Society will be there to greet them. I will be there with them and Kelly Funk as well. I’m attending Kelly’s one day Adams River workshop on October 16, 2010. (more…)