A westslope cutthroat trout rests along the edge of a small stream during its journey up the creek to spawn.
Behind the lens.
When we name the "forest animals," we don't tend to include fish in that group. But the health of the water, and thus the fish, is dependent on the health of the land surrounding them. To keep our native fish healthy, we need to maintain a good amount of wild, un-manicured land (ie -- forests) intact around our lakes, streams and rivers.
I intentionally set out to photograph this trout in a way that shows the overhanging vegetation at the water's edge. These are natural resting places for fish -- and we all need nice places to rest.