Sunday, September 09, 2012

Celebrate Elwha!

      
    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.

2 comments:

isobel said...

Hey Poblites! Remembering fondly all the packing lists, planned activities, endless menu revisions! I'm doing a special feature of foraged foods for future blogging... if you find an abundance of 'shrooms.... and any to share or trade, let me know. This salmon is beautiful! I'll be dreaming of story telling around the kitchen table, or fireplace.

Rebecca Bush said...

Hey Isobel! Do you remember my other friend, Michelle, from the very first and incredibly short lived critique group where you and I met? Her cousin started one of the first foraged food businesses in town, http://www.foragedandfoundedibles.com/index.html Have you heard of it? Mushroom gathering connects me to my Baltic roots- I hope hope hope that there are lots in the forest this year- Suzy says so far there's just been one inedible species, but now that the clouds are returning, hopefully more...