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Steelhead Valentine (By Elizabeth Carothers Herron?)

Every year on Valentine's Day I celebrate the return of the steelhead,
Oncorhynchus mykiss (their species name) . Mykiss-what could be more perfect?

Whether the run is late or early, on Valentine's Day they are always in the
river, thrusting upstream, in the laguna, in the creeks, heading home in an
ecstatic urgency, driven back to their natal beds to spawn. If you watch the
creeks in patient silence you will see them. If you listen at night, you
will hear them leaping, slapping cradles in the gravel bars.

They are here right now, as you read this-a thread of the culture of this

place that stitches you to the people who came before you, just as they
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Hi there, just to say I am the author of the Salmon Valentine. I hope at some point my authorship can be clarified. Thank you. ECH

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R H 04 March 2008

'you will hear them leaping, slapping cradles in the gravel bars.' Evocative language that brings this piece to life. You captured a great sense of movement amongst these descriptive lines. j.

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