End of the Run

Every fall, salmon return to spawn in the Dungeness River, on the Olympic Peninsula. The biggest runs occur every other year when two-year-old pink salmon return from their time at sea. After spawning, the salmon die, and the carcasses reveal subtle coloration on sides of the humpbacked males. The pinks are followed by a smaller run of chum salmon, with beautiful yellow-and-green markings and pronounced teeth. The carcasses drift downriver until they’re snagged by vegetation or wedged against rocks.

This portfolio was published in LensWork Magazine, in the July/August 2016 issue.
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