The salmon jam
Backing up in a pool at the base of the waterfall were hundreds of pink salmon, waiting for the right moment to leap up the fall and continue their journey upriver to their spawning grounds in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. Thomas wedged himself into a crevice under the fast-flowing water and for more than two hours hung there waiting for the moment when the salmon were bunched up sufficiently to fill the frame. Salmon are an integral part of the temperate rainforest ecosystem, returning to spawn and die where they were born. Not only do they feed seals, bears and wolves, but their discarded remains also fertilize the trees of the surrounding forest.
Nikon D700 +16mm f2.8 lens; 1/10 sec at f11; ISO 640; Subal housing; two Inon Z220 strobes.
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Thomas Peter Peschak, Germany/South Africa
Thomas is an assignment photographer for National Geographic and Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation. A Senior Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers, he was named one of the world's most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography in 2010. He has published five books and won awards in international photography competitions.