Migration on the Sioux


I am absolutely obsessed with documenting things in their natural environment.   I hate posing anything – and  in all honesty it makes me nervous, which is why I bring Barb to shoot weddings with me.  Ha!

When I find something that moves quickly, is outside, and is in or near water, well, I am a very happy woman.  The migration on the Sioux is definitely my kind of thing to photograph.  I was finally able to capture these beautiful fish a few days ago.  In the past I have either been way too early for the migration, or just missed them.

The fish stage at the bottom of a huge pool, and then throw themselves up the rushing water going down the rocks of the falls.  Some of them make it, and some of them try, and try, and try again.

You can’t help but feel bad for them as they work hard going up the rocks. The power of their fins completely surprised me when it splashed me in the face as the fish went by (I was laying on the ground photographing them at eye level in my waders) .

As a few of us watched them try to get up the rocks, we kept cheering them on. Most of us were exhausted just watching…   That being said, it is a fish refuge, so I would not suggest trying to catch any of these fish.  If you do, I will hunt you down – FYI ;).

I shot a little video of them staging at a point in the river – you can see a few of them moving in the back of the shot.

Here are a couple of shots and how I got them  (Thank you Al & Joan!).  Laying in the water was definitely a great way to get them in action (and glaring at me 😉 ).


Here are a few of my favorites:  (There are prints available here, by the way).

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And last but not least – here are a bunch of them, but it takes a bit to load. Enjoy!

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3 Comments on Migration on the Sioux

  1. Your father!
    November 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Some great work, Hannah! The folks at the River alliance of Wisconsin and TU will love it!

  2. Mark Strand
    November 2, 2015 at 7:56 am (6 years ago)

    It is a joy to look at these photos in the comfort of my office… and it’s great to see the shot of how you got the shots… climb into the waders and dish up a big scoop of tenacity, patience, and knowing when to go click. Thank you, Hannah!

  3. Susan Schutz
    November 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Such tenacity. The fish. And you!