Sunday, September 09, 2012
The Painters of Bumping Lake return to their mountain retreat every autumn, much like the salmon who miraculously journey hundreds of miles from the ocean to the headwaters of the Bumping River.
Suzy, our Bumping Lake hostess, historian and naturalist, responded to the call for artistic banners for Celebrate Elwha! event that commemorated the opening of two dams on the Elwha River this past year. The removal of the dams has restored the salmon run to that river on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. As we were witnessing the salmon spawning up at Bumping River last fall, Suzy told us about the "keystone species" role that salmon play in our ecosystem: The are the original fish fertilizer - They bring nutrients from the sea back up to the mountains, thus beginning a new cycle of life.