Early morning, just an hour or so after official sunrise, Colony Creek empties into Samish Bay shrouded in pastel softness. Of the more than two hundred creeks in Skagit County, Colony Creek is one which provides a safe haven for late season spawning Chum Salmon. Adult Chum can reach over three feet in length and weigh as much as 45 pounds, that’s a lot of steaks! Salmon is my favorite seafood, I like it best baked in foil with a few slices of onion laid on top and a squeeze or two of fresh lemon. The pastel scene here was so peaceful, Colony Creek’s mouth at low tide exposing tide flats, Samish Bay on Puget Sound, and a freighter at anchor, sometimes it doesn’t get any better than this.
Just about an eighth mile upstream from this view, I was standing beside the creek, watching Blue Herons fly overhead and listening to the salmon splash and churn the murky water as they made their way further towards their spawning grounds. While watching and listening to this bucolic scene, I heard a dog barking. Then hearing the barking getting louder, closer, I looked up to see a huge blond dog bearing down on me. Before I could make the decision to bail back into my vehicle, the dog arrived with exuberance and joy. Quickly turning around and running the hundred yards or so from whence he came, I returned my attention to the creek. Again hearing the dog running towards me I looked up to see what at first I thought was a yellow tennis ball in his mouth, but when it was spit out on my boots, it was a large yellow apple, with which we played fetch until there was nothing left to throw. I love the spontaneous happy things that happen while out and about with my camera, what about you?
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