One of my favorite things about living in Renton is seeing the salmon return to the Cedar River each fall.
After spending several years in the Pacific Ocean they return to the rivers and streams of their birth to spawn. Coho, Chinook and Sockeye all return to the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas, but the Sockeye are easiest to see because of their bright red orange bodies and green heads.
I started at the downtown Renton Library (yes, a river runs through it) where trained naturalists provide information, answer questions and help you spot the salmon in the river.
I saw a few salmon from the bridge there, but I found the best viewing with the most salmon further upstream at Riverview Park.
I even got to see them wiggle and splash as the females laid eggs and the males fought over them nearby. Clear spots in the river mean eggs have been laid there, as algae was disturbed.
It’s always a thrill watching nature’s show as the salmon return each fall.
And that brilliant color? It’s hard to describe but I think blood orange works nicely, so I’m sharing for Sunday Stills.