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

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Paul Klaver is a wildlife filmmaker and photographer from Holland. For two years he has been working in Dutch nature reserve the Oostvaardersplassen on the feature film ‘The New Wilderness’. Working as a cameraman, he is mainly responsible for all the timelapse-sequences presented in the film. Many processes in nature are too slow to observe with the naked eye. But when speeded up, a whole new world unfolds itself. A flower opening in the early morning light, a tree freezing during a cold winter night with stars passing by or the appearing of a rainbow during a storm, all make up for a magical experience. Upon release, the film received critical acclaim and was a hit at the box office.