Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Herring Run

     Yesterday, my friend Laurel came to spend the day quilting. We took a break and had lunch in Lower Jackson Square. After lunch we wandered over to check out the herring run. Each year it is estimated that 250,000 of these sturdy fish make their way from the ocean, through the Back River, up the fish ladders,  up to Iron Hill and then into Whitmans Pond to lay their eggs. After each female lays between 60,000 and 100,000 eggs, they make the return trip to the ocean. To say that this is a difficult journey is an understatement.

I was photographing looking down at the ladders, so the perspective doesn't give an accurate idea of just how steep this section is. The fish must swim up the ladders against the rushing waters.

There is a little park across the street with lots of information about the herring run. I particularly like the railings.
We weren't the only ones looking for a quick bite to eat.

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