16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Female sockeye salmon prepares her nest

In Iliamna Lake, Alaska, this female sockeye salmon prepares her redd, or nest, during the spawning season in late August. These salmon have successfully survived an incredible four-year journey that has brought them right back to where they emerged as fry.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Pedro Bay, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Jason Ching