Trees and the fish that leave their remains in our NW rivers have a beautiful and inter dependent relationship. The fish give the trees the largest pulse of ocean based nitrogen they will receive each year, so large that the size of their runs can be seen in the annular rings here, and in turn the trees provide cooling shade, and keep sediment out of spawning beds.
This Steelhead is an anadramous fish meaning that it is born in fresh water, but spends its life in the salty waters of the sea, only to return to spawn in fresh water again. Unlike salmon, this over-sized rainbow trout can return back to the sea many times before it dies. I caught this hatchery raised male 30 miles up the Wilson River on a cold and wintery morning in March of 2022.
This beautiful Cedar tree burned in the Echo Mountain fire in 2020, which was caused by never-before-seen 80 mph hot winds that blew for 3 days straight out of the east. Our climate is changing at light speed and this tree is my witness to those changes.
Image Size: 31.625"w X 31"h
This image comes on a 1- 5/8” deep panel made from FSC Birch, printed with archival inks, and sealed with matte varnish and UV coating.