I recently had about an hour to spend, alone and with my camera, walking along Still Creek. It was a beautiful mid-September day, warm and sunny, and I was hoping to find the salmon spawning. I also couldn’t help but marvel at the never-ending peace and beauty of the forest.
By mid-September in years past salmon have been in pretty good abundance. Unfortunately, there weren’t many salmon to see on this outing, but I made several halfhearted attempts to capture the few that were there, while thinking about the large numbers in years past and hoping they were just a little late this year rather than kept away by the low water levels resulting from the lack of normal precipitation this year.
I also thought about some of the ways I’d captured salmon in years past on this creek with my cameras.
I made this video in 2013 with a waterproof housing for my iPhone (click image to view video in YouTube):
And here are some 2014 images, made with an underwater housing for my then-new Sony DSC-RX100M3, a great little high-resolution point and shoot.
On this day, however, I didn’t have any underwater gear with me, and well, there weren’t many salmon. So instead of focusing on the fish, I focused my thoughts and my telephoto lens on the gorgeous creek and forest around me.
I did see a few salmon, but none from up close.
Despite finding the salmon I was there to see, for most of my outing it was the magic of the forest that captured my full attention and that of my camera lens.