"A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it."
~ Arnold Gingrich
Before I tell you the story about the photo from the previous post, why not go over to the comments section there and read what everyone had to say? There are some correct answers, some which were way off and a few which were clever and funny. Go on.. I'll wait.
Done? Okay, so here's the story.
Late last summer I blogged about the salmon run at the creek in Bowmanville. Now that spring is here, the trout have begun their own trek upstream to spawn. They're much smaller than the salmon, and generally have an easier time of getting up the fish ladder - if they've positioned themselves in the right spot, that is.
Silly things - many of them are trying to climb the actual dam and not the fish ladder. Here are a few of them in action.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
~ W. C. Fields
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
~ John Ruskin
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
~ Steven Wright
Do fish ever get seasick?
~ James Joyce
Such good manners. This guy is waiting his turn.
Beauty without grace is like a fish far displaced from the water and looking at this kind of beauty is like watching that fish die right there on the cement in front of you.
~ C. JoyBell C.
As expressed in the above quote and shown in the accompanying image, sometimes the trout end up where they shouldn't be. Some miss the ladder entirely and end up on this small platform
They try to reorient themselves and work their way back into the water.
Most will succeed at doing this, as this one was about to do.
But every now and then, some of them exhaust themselves by trying to propel themselves in the wrong direction, taking them even further from the water and to their ultimate demise.
That's when yesterday's image was taken. This one here was snapped just seconds later.
Our unsung hero had decided to climb over the rail and into the "no trespassing" zone so that he could kindly help these weary (not dead) fish back into the water.
Thank you, compassionate stranger.
These trout will continue their upstream trek for the next little while. Aren't you feeling tired just watching them? How about grateful that there are those who care about a fish's struggles to take a few moments to help them out? Yeah, me too.
More in a few days.