We saw three river otters today, and a whole bunch o’ spawning sockeye salmon! The otters we’re totally showing off for us, getting out of the water onto logs where their thick wet fur shimmered in the terrestrial air, catching fish and dramatically devouring them. The sockeye salmon were huge, bright red and green and nearing the end of their lifecycle, swimming upstream, noble and glorious in their life’s purpose. Do they fear death when their lives call them to it? Being able to have a good long gaze at these awesome creatures, wild in the middle of Woodinville, what a gift. I think that animals don’t have to show themselves to us, but they choose to.