Yesterday I stopped by Bowring Park for a minute just to see how the foliage was doing. I ended up standing in one spot for over 6 hours…
I can assure you that this is not normal for me. I hate standing still and when I do manage to do so for a while it is usually for a good reason. This time the reason was Brown Trout: just when I was passing the waterfalls I saw one jumping up the falls and I decided to stick around to see if more trout would try it.
When you stand still for such a long time, you meet a lot of people (Hi Karen!). Usually I’m the one walking around and far away from the city too, so I don’t meet a lot of people. Yesterday though, I must have had conversations with about a dozen people. Most were already familiar with these aquatic acrobats and they told me that this was the tail end of the jumping season. Just a month earlier the bigger fish (like Atlantic Salmon) had made the jump so if I’m still in Newfoundland next year I’ll have to go take a look in September and October.
Still, for a first time jumping event I got away with some nice shots, not brilliant or anything but practice makes perfect and I’ll have to try some more next year.
As you can see the water is pretty rough on the fish. Often a huge leap only resulted in a trout crashing into one of the big rocks. I doubt many trout managed to scale the waterfalls yesterday, it was just too powerful. This morning at the falls, the water level had fallen more than a foot so I guess the fish that had a problem yesterday have made it today. The only fish I saw today were less than half the size of the ones in these pictures.
Over the falls there was a bridge, at times a squirrel would come out of the park and cross the bridge to return with a large pine cone. Very cute:
Going through my photos, I noticed I took a few shots of the signs concerning the jumping fish, here they are, they might be useful:
The last one is a bit too wide for this blog, so click on it if you want to have a better look.