Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rainforest fish ladder

Found this fish ladder while hiking in our Temperate Rainforest this past weekend. The lush green ferns and mossy trees make for a nice photo opportunity.

Northern Vancouver Island where I live is in a Temperate Rainforest which exist on the Pacific Coast of North America, New Zeland, Tasmania, Chile, Ireland, Scotland and Norway acording to the internet.


  1. What a nice photo this is! Quality at it's best. The fish ladder really peaks my interest. Is it leading up the hill from the ocean to spawning waters? Also curious as to the fish species for which this was built?

    I looked up Temperate Rainforest in Wikipedia and this pic would make a perfect representation of what one would expect to see.

    Pardon all the questions but I find the area of North America that you call home very interesting.

  2. This is a great shot! It definitely conveys the rain forest theme. I like all of the different shades of green and then the little accents of red from I'm guessing moss?

  3. In response to your questions Parker, I'm not sure what species of salmon calls this sera home. Often several species use the same river and spawning areas but at different times of the year.
    This particular fish ladder is on the edge of a fairly large river. It allows the salmon to return to a small hatchery set off to one side of the river.
    Ron the moss around here comes in many colours from green to yellow to red and even black!

    So when is everyone going to come out to the West Coast for a holiday? I know some great places...

  4. A holiday? What's that??? I thought you're supposed to work all your life and never have any fun. LOL

    I would love to come up your way. I've been trying to convince the wife into going to Alaska sometime so maybe we can stop by.

    Hawaii is first though! :~)

  5. Thanks for the comeback on my questions. I wish I could get away to cooler climes. The last seven days have all been in the 100'sF, with this day(the 8th day ) sitting on 103F as I am typing this. Another couple days like this and I think we will be thawed out from winter! LOL

  6. This picture remind me of Kauai. The sugar plantation workers made the water canal look like this one for their sugar farming.

    Between 1860 to 1945, they have designated person spread out in the field to manually open the valve if the water level are too high.

    This person served as a full-time job, and do rotation with someone for every three months. These people would have to live in a small shed, and other workers bring food supply to them once a week. I have heard there's a Dutch man have guarded the water valve for over 40 years without anyone rotate for him.

    Sometime in 1945 the manual valve have replaced with a automatic mechanical valve, and his job was eliminated. However, he continues to live in the sugar plantation for the remaining years. His wage only $2 a day when he started, and it was $3 by 1945.

  7. $3 a day? You wouldn't be buying a D3x on that salary! LOL

    Thanks for the history Q. It's amazing what people did back before all of the computers.


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