Migration of Spawning Kokanee Salmon, Taylor Creek

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Sue LaFountain

Each fall, mature Kokanee Salmon migrate from Lake Tahoe, California, into Taylor Creek to complete their circle of life. During the spawning season, the male salmom turn brillant red and the females are lighter shades of this color. The Monet-like quality of the picture is the result of a convergence of colors, including a blending of the spawning salmon, the grassy, green river banks, bright yellow aspens and blue skys reflected in the wind-swept, crystal clear stream.

Location: Taylor Creek Visitor Center; South Lake Tahoe, California, USA


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