14 Oct 15 . On each visit to Leavenworth we do our best to find fish in the Wenatchee River. Last week when we visited we were well rewarded and the Steelhead were hard at work in the extreme shallows of the river. Watching them I couldn't help but be amazed at their life cycle. Especially when one considers that they begin life in fresh water, live most of their lives in salt water, and return to fresh water to reproduce. Until you've seen what they have to traverse to get back to their birthplace, you don't really have an appreciation for it. Add to that the size of the hatchlings who have to make their way into the Pacific Ocean and survive there for 3 - 5 years before making their return and the whole thing seems simply impossible.With a life story such as theirs, there is no doubt that they are the fittest of the fittest. To my way of thinking, there is absolutely no way this could have occurred by chance. The thin brown lines in the bottom and right lower thirds are the spawning Steelhead. Note how shallow the water is where they are spawning, barely covering the fish.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality and then given a small amount of micro contrast enhancement. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/80 sec @ f / 8.