Fog and Fumes

I had not planned to stop. I was in a hurry to meet my sister and I had an hour and a half’s drive to get there. Already running late because I had to stop for a fuel up, I waffled over what to do when, across the street, I saw the fog rolling in towards the river mouth. I had made the mistake of bringing the camera along in the car. It was only my little point-and-click Fujipix (small and unobtrusive because we were going shopping), but it pleaded with me to stop and take some pictures.

In the estuary, a gazillion seagulls had congregated near the mouth of the river. I finished fueling and drove along, until I got to a convenient pullout just down the road.

I didn’t take time to worry about whether I was shooting into the sun or whether the zoomed-in picture would be in focus. I was in a hurry to get going, but I couldn’t pass up the mist wafting into the estuary.

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The more sensible shot was up towards the river mouth.

040aBut I couldn’t resist shooting into the sun and out towards the bay. Beginning photographers don’t care about those things too much.

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So I have a straight-ahead shot, one to the right, and one to the left. All that was left was a good close-up shot of all those seagulls right in front of me. I zoomed in a bit, but it didn’t seem to be enough. Those birds still looked awfully small. I took a few steps forward towards the edge of the bank and then it hit me.

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Fumes of decay! I rushed back to the car. NOW I remembered why the seagulls were all assembled here, making such a racket. They were squabbling over the carcasses of the spawned out chum salmon that lay everywhere in the shallows of the estuary. It was salmon spawning time; a bounty of food for seagulls, eagles, and many others.

27 thoughts on “Fog and Fumes

  1. Anneli,

    LOve this title! And your photos make me wistful for water and BC. One of my favorite places on earth! Spent days in Vancouver and Port Townsend a couple of summers here and there. Something about it.

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    • I was going shopping and didn’t want the bigger camera in the car while we were in the shops. Sadly, it gets bad for car break-ins as it gets closer to Christmas (although I don’t know how anyone can celebrate “Christmas” with stolen goods). But I think you’re right about always having a camera along. There are so many times I’ve wished I had the camera with me. I’m gradually getting more addicted to camera-carrying, so maybe there’s hope for me.

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  2. I love, love that photo with the sun just in the top left. And I like your “gazillion” seagulls mental picture you gave me! 🙂

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