Saturday, September 06, 2008

A Real Treat

While up in Scotland I got wind of a site for watching salmon work their way upstream. This has become the highlight of my trip to date.
The visit started out auspiciously with seeing this sign.

It became even more exciting on arrival at the weir and the discovery that the fish were trying to work their way up the river!

Fish were leaping on the order of a few a minute, and the many people gathered around cheered madly and loudly with each leap. The way the weir is set up, every fish we saw was sure to be swept back - those that make it up the river make it through a ladder (you can see a bit of it in the picture) in the middle of the river, and we could not see into the ladder.
This was a pretty good substitute for my being a bit concerned that the timing of this trip meant I would miss the 2008 version of these two wonderful events last year.

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