From Spawning to Death

Salmon are fundamental to the well-being of the West Coast’s natural ecosystems, from the time of spawning to death. After feeding animals and birds, their nutrients fertilize trees and plants after their carcasses are dragged deep into the forest and spread through the feces of predators. The rancid river bank is a morbid and beautiful scene of genetically programmed sacrifice, where decomposing females give birth, where maggots waltz with freshly-laid eggs, and life arises from death. These photos were shot at the Adams River salmon run, where an estimated 3 million salmon had congregated.