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Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore
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I was introduced to a dish called candied salmon. It's smoked with lots of sugar, and I ate tons of it. It's fabulous! It's vacuum packed, so I bought it at the local fish market and ate it everywhere. I ate it on the riverbanks to keep warm while waiting for sockeye salmon to come in to spawn. I judge an assignment by the quality of the food. This was a great one!

All of Clayoquot Sound is up for grabs, and that was a harsh realization. We thought the area was protected, but the logging companies are going to keep cutting. We spent a lot of time in the forest appreciating thousand-year-old trees, but it's still a battleground for conservationists and loggers.

I wouldn't consider myself a slug photographer, although I have been called a slug of a photographer before. Banana slugs are about six inches (20 centimeters) long, and it was a real challenge to photograph them. I researched them to learn about their behavior, which doesn't amount to much. And I had to learn how to light them. I had the hardest time getting good shots because they wouldn't lift their heads up. I spent a lot of time on the ground with slugs. (See Joel's slug photo on page 125 of this month's issue.)

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