HIDDEN LAKE, Alaska — Every fall season the biologists and technicians who make up the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association collect salmon eggs and milt to replenish the popular Kenai Peninsula fisheries.
Hidden Lake is a unique site for this annual egg harvest. Its panorama didn't make any of those top 10 autumn location lists the national magazines put out this time of year.
Maybe it's because their editors only consider the colors they can see on dry land.
"The ones that ready to spawn are usually darker red with the green heads," said biologist Tom Prochazka.
These sockeye salmon survived.
Each one with battle scars telling stories of adversity endured, all for a single purpose -- to return to the water of their parents so they too can pass on the privilege of life.
Each one is perfect for Prochazka to fulfill his purpose.
"It's special. I think we all like it or we wouldn't be doing it," he said.