Alaska – The Nutrient Cycle: A Visual Story

Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their bodies become a source of nutrients for everything in the forest and sea.

Very special thanks to Lynn Schooler, who without I could not have made this short. Special thanks to Richard Nelson, Hank Lentfer, Riley Woodford and Henk Meeuwsen for providing additional sounds.

To Lynn & Michio, whose stories and adventures inspired me to come to Alaska.

Shot over the course of three weeks with a Canon 5d and a GoPro. Music: Smetana – Má Vlast (The Moldau) and Górecki – Symphony No. 3: Il Lento E Largo