Friday, July 12, 2013

Wires to Protect

Wires to Protect - Fuji XE-1, 18-55 @ 37.5mm, f/9, 1/105s, ISO 200
We made our way to Seattle today on a very pleasant ferry ride to Anacortes from Sidney.  The weather was beautiful, cool, scattered clouds and a little breezy.  Having a little bit of time on our hands, we walked around Ballard Locks (they are actually Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, which confused me greatly but locals call them Ballard Locks as that is the name of the neighborhood).  As we walked up to the area I was curious why these wires were placed here, they didn't seem to serve any purpose.  I then discovered that they were there to protect the young Salmon who get spit out disoriented and in that state are easy pickings for a quick meal by a bird.  The wires keep the birds at bay giving the Salmon a chance to reorient themselves making things a bit more fair.

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