River of Life

As autumn ends, the life cycle of the salmon continues. The salmon will have swam up the rivers and have laid their eggs. The eggs will stay beneath the sand until spring when they will hatch and the new salmon will be born. The flow of the water over the eggs provides the oxygen that will give the new salmon life. The pink salmon will swim out to the ocean and return in two years to give birth to a new generation.

This picture is taken on the Nile River on the east coast of Vancouver Island. A fish hatchery on this river has restored the pink salmon cycle. What was once a river with few fish returning is now a productive river. This river also provides enjoyment to sport anglers that gather on the beach trying to catch a returning salmon.

As the flow of the Nile River sustains the salmon, we need think of the rivers that sustain our life.

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