The spawning of salmon is quite an interesting event that can be read about in this information sheet by the Utah Division of Wildlife. Salmon spawn in the streams where they were born. In Utah, the kokanee salmon are an inland subspecies of the Idaho sockeye salmon, so instead of living in the Pacific Ocean, they live inland in reservoirs and lakes. The Porcupine Reservoir is one inland lake where the kokanee salmon can be found. Every fall, they spawn by swimming upstream the East Fork of the Little Bear River, where they once hatched.
In Utah, the East Fork of the Little Bear River is dammed up to form the Porcupine Reservoir (I think).
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Here the Kokanee Salmon swim up the East Fork of the Little Bear River from the Porcupine Reservoir to lay their eggs and die to complete the life cycle of the salmon. When we visited the area on September 23rd, it was beautiful with the fall foliage color change.
Here you can kind of see the tiny stream that comes out of the reservoir in which the Kokanee Salmon swim up:
Jovie was being a funny baby, playing with sunglasses
The spawning salmon physically change during the spawning process: their bodies turn a brilliant red.
Ben and his family came and Olsen had a great time playing with him
The moon looked nice over the hills
Here are the rest of the pictures from the Spawning of the Kokanee Salmon.
The next day we decided to go take some pictures in the fall colors. The day before the kids all went on a hike in Dry Canyon and we got some great pictures of the kids in the leaves. But we felt like we wanted to attempt a group/family picture since we didn't get a good one the day before. We drove up Logan Canyon after I got off of work and drove until we found a spot that looked like we could be in some really colorful leaves. The Spring Hollow campground area seemed to be the best place.
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The biggest problem, however, was that it was past 6 pm and the sun had already gone behind the mountains. I wish there was a little more light but here are the pictures that we got
Jovie found her Momma as well
At least some of the scenery was nice
I guess in the end, we did not get a family picture. Oh well... Click here to see all of the pictures from the Fall Colors at Spring Hollow.