Another Trip in to Fish Creek and Salmon Glacier
Up and out very early and made the 35 mile drive in to Stewart/Hyder while it was still dark. My game plan was to try and get up the Salmon Glacier Road in time to catch some early morning light, and hopefully some blue skies.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
As the Prius climbed up the road, I could see some pretty heavy cloud cover moving in and it looked like I wasn’t going to get my early morning shots.
I did manage to snap a few shots before the blue sky disappeared completely …
… but it didn’t take long before the clouds were only allowing shafts of sunlight through. No sense in wasting the long trip up here so, since the cloudy conditions were conducive to shooting a couple of the small waterfalls up here, I turned my camera around to concentrate on the uphill side of the road and slowly headed back down the mountain.
You’ll have to forgive my fixation with this type of waterfall shot …
… but i just have this thing about a single rock fixed in the center of a waterfall.
A little local color and then on down to …
Fish Creek Bear Observation Site
A view of the platform above Fish Creek on this gloomy day. I wandered along the platform for about two hours patiently waiting in the drizzle and rain for a bear to show up. There were only a few other hardy ( foolhardy? ) souls here today who risked getting wet for an opportunity to see some bears in action.
There are still quite a few, a little worse for wear, chum salmon spawning in Fish Creek. One of the rangers here told me that this season has seen the best chum salmon run in nine years. The female fish ( on her side in the image above ) is fanning out a spot in the gravel, with her tail, where she will deposit her eggs. The male, the darker fish behind her, will then fertilize the eggs.
Salmon remains on the bank of the stream indicate that there are still bears in the area that are coming in here to feed.
And finally, on my third trip in here, this handsome fellow comes wading down the stream to try his luck!
Kind of a thrill to be this close to one of these beautiful animals. This guy is almost directly below me, only about 20 feet from where I am standing on the deck above.
I just happened to stumble on this blogger’s post on Fish Creek and was a little surprised to see what she was lucky enough to run into when visiting the site, click: here to check it out.
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