Penticton, B.C., Canada


Adams River #1 (Upstream)

The Adams River salmon run of 2010 had a record return of fish.  I went to see and record the magic and power of this natural phenomenon but was also struck by how most people viewed it.  The parking lot was full.  Rows and rows of porta-potties were in use.  Fast food vans had line ups.  The first viewing platform over the river was so crowded that it was hard to see the spawning salmon.  Helicopter tours droned overhead.  Most people walked to the rail, took a few pictures then left.  As you made your way downriver, people thinned out.  By the time I neared the river mouth, the salmon, eagles, bears and other players of this complex web were still there, but the people were gone.


Pamela Fanning                                         (250) 492-7656

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