Mighty rivers wind their way from mountains to ocean. Thanks to nature's cycles, life giving moisture returns from the ocean to the headwaters of these winding rivers, just as the salmon do. In southwestern Alaska, these rivers act as conduits between the sea and the tundra, helping to drive these cycles on which so many living creatures depend. From the Bering Sea all the way to the lakes at its headwaters, the conduit that is Alaska's Kanetok River remains unaltered by the long reach of man.
Programed for survival, salmon power their way from the ocean to the headwaters. In one final, great outlay of energy, all the calories they have stored and stockpiled while at sea are expended in an effort to return to where they began and perpetuate their species. And while this great migration once breathed life into the ecosystems up and down the Pacific coast, much of this connectivity between headwaters and sea has been lost in all but one region.
In Bristol Bay, Alaska the cycle is today as it has always been. Moisture from the sea runs free and clean back to the ocean from where it came. The water cycle and the migration of salmon are one and the same. Storms and salmon spin out of the ocean, depositing their life giving essence. These great rivers are the veins that connect the body and pump life into everything.
Steve Z replied on Permalink
Stunning photos. Love that one with the schooled salmon. Where can I get a print?