Last weekend I drove from Vancouver to Adams River to witness and photograph (under permit) one of the most spectacular displays of natural beauty. 2014 is the dominant run in the four-year cycle with millions of sockeye are taking part, and the river turning red. Salmon are completing a several hundred kilometre journey from the Pacific Ocean to come to Adams River to spawn. Sockeye salmon are semelparous, meaning they die after spawning once. ‘Female salmon builds several nests, collectively known as a redd, and a male, who has lain close to her for days fighting off rivals, releases his sperm just upstream. He drifts away to die while she guards the nests for a few more days, until she too grows weak and dies.’
I used my GoPro on time-lapse mode (1s intervals) and attached it to a $5 dollar broom stick from Homedepot. Out of the hundreds of photos, the one above is probably one of the lucky ones I took: this captures the rare moment where 2 male salmon are rivalling for a female.