Faces of the 18th Weir

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Faces of the 18th Weir

2019-02-01T05:43:48+00:00July 1st, 2013|Blog|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.

Ballard Locks Salmon Ladder

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.

Related salmon posts: Climbing the Salmon Ladder to SuccessSteelhead Poetry on the 18th WeirSteelhead YouthSomething Spawning This Way Comes

Sockeye Salmon Run at Ballard Locks

Ballard Locks Salmon Ladder 1

Ballard Locks Salmon Ladder

Ballard Locks Salmon Ladder

Ballard Locks Salmon Ladder

Salmon Swimming in Seattle

Sockeye Salmon Swimming

Salmon at Issaquah Hatchery

Salmon at Issaquah Hatchery

Red Sockeye Salmon in River

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


  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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