“Threshold” Weekly Photo Challenge

Threshold of a Stream

Threshold of a Stream

A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning —

that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation.

All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.

True…

however, threshold can also denote tolerance…

the maximum allowable departure from a specification

beyond which irreparable harm will occur.

From a Naturalist’s point of view,  
I see the threshold of a stream, the point where it enters a river, as a point of new beginning…
where returning salmon may enter to fulfill their life-cycle to spawn.
– Or –
A point of departure… where salmon do not return…
because the threshold of the stream is beyond tolerances due to damming, warming, polluting of its waters.

8 comments

  1. What a beautiful place for a walk! My partner needs ocean, a Winnipeg friend needs big sky, but Ontario-raised me needs the woods.

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      The creeks and rivers here are very “showy” right now… a lot of rain in the Coast Range where this shot was taken during a Oregon Master Naturalist class.

      In fact, it rained torrentially during our inside class time, but, sun broke through just in time for the field work portion!!

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