Faces of the 18th Weir

:Faces of the 18th Weir

Faces of the 18th Weir

2013-07-01T18:24:02+00:00July 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|4 Comments

They sit suspended at the 18th weir, these scaled faces in the sockeye crowd. It’s the window to their water world, the portal from ocean to stream to lake, where their gills remember the taste of fresh after years in the salty sea — and where they lead — at least in part — by magnetic memories of the gravel beds where they were born.

They’re surging forward across the solstice and into summer … marking the way for the Chinook who will follow them … to their own redds, carved among river rocks. Then, they’ll leave their battered and starved bodies, life extinguished, as they stamp eternal existence through their eggs and into their young.

:: My photo tribute to the sockeye salmon passing by the thousands through the Ballard Locks fish ladder — with a few faces of their Chinook brethren, who soon will come.

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Sockeye at 18th weir Ballard Locks

Entering the Weir – ©ingridtaylar

Sockeye Salmon Run at Ballard Locks

Height of the Season – ©ingridtaylar

Sockeye Salmon at Ballard Locks Seattle

First Faces of 2013 – ©ingridtaylar

Viewing Window at Ballard Locks Fish Ladder

Face to Face – ©ingridtaylar

Children Viewing Salmon at Ballard Locks

Kids + Fish – ©ingridtaylar

Sockeye Salmon at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Face x 2 – ©ingridtaylar

Sockeye Salmon Run in Seattle

Swimming Solo – ©ingridtaylar

Chinook Salmon at Ballard Locks

The Big Guys Arrive – ©ingridtaylar

Tiny Bubbles - ©ingridtaylar

Tiny Bubbles – ©ingridtaylar

Salmon Spawning in Issaquah

Traveling Home – ©ingridtaylar

Red Sockeye Salmon in Washington

Spawning Red – ©ingridtaylar


[Adjustments: some standard raw file edits, and some fine art adjustments in the top images to enhance the colors present in the viewing windows.]

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  1. M. Firpi July 2, 2013 at 7:53 am - Reply

    This is beautiful Ingrid. I love how you have you documented this, step by step. I had no idea they would have to enter these human-made weirs after being in the ocean, to go upstream. The Salmon’s life cycle is fascinating. Thanks for sharing these in such sensitive way.

  2. Elizabeth July 2, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Ingrid, you know how much I wish I had a better word to use than Wow! but that is how these pictures make me feel. Wow! Thank you!

  3. Bea Elliott July 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    How sensual and fluid this series of photos are! Can fish scales imitate velvet? So it seems in Spawning Red! Love the million bubbles too. Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Furry Gnome July 4, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    We saw the salmon migrating in BC and Alaska many years ago – just amazing! Great photos.

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