Salmon and Scallops: Healthy and Yummy « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Salmon and Scallops: Healthy and Yummy

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This image was created on 13 August 2007 at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Alaska. I used the tripod/Mongoose mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS lens with the 2X teleconverter and the EOS-1D Mark III dSLR. ISO 800. 1/1000 second at f/8. The exposure was determined by histogram evaluation and experience.

Image #1: Coastal Brown Bear (Grizzly) running with salmon, chased by a younger, blonde bear.

No More Bears?

I organized and led more than a dozen Coastal Brown Bear trips after the turn of the last century. It is highly doubtful that I will be returning to Katmai National Park again. They were great fun, and even better than that when the salmon were running. In addition to the bears I enjoyed fishing for (almost always, catching) halibut, eating fresh-caught salmon and fresh Tanner Crabs (right from the bay to a huge pot of boiling water), and, on occasion, photographing the odd bird or two.

Good Photos

Good photos, even those made with relatively ancient gear, often stand up well to the test of time. Note that the shutter speed, 1/1000 second was fast enough to stop both bears in their tracks.

This image was created on 16 October 2004 at Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas county FL. I used the tripod/Mongoose mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS lens with the 1.4X teleconverter and the EOS-1D Mark II dSLR. ISO 800. 1/125 second at f/18. The exposure was determined by histogram evaluation and experience.

Image #2: The Smiling Scallop

Another Oldie but Goodie

After locking up the tripod head as firmly as possible, I went with f/18 and a relatively slow shutter speed to ensure lots of depth of field (because the subject was right at the minimum focusing distance). At a given aperture, the closer you are to the subject, the less the depth of field will be. Depth of field increases as the distance to the subject increases.


If possible, stop down when working subjects at close range.

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Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood Company

Ever since my two daughter sent me a big box of salmon filets and sea scallops from Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood Company for my birthday a few years ago, I have been ordering salmon and scallops from them. Now that Junior’s Fish Market in Lake Wales is closing, I will be depending on Wild Alaska every month. I always order Sockeye filets and the Sea Scallops. The stuff comes frozen solid, is easy to prepare, and tastes pretty much as good as the fresh stuff would.

You can save $20 on your first order by clicking here. Eating wild caught seafood is about as healthy as you can go. The scallops are a real treat. When you sear them, be sure to cook them in the liquid that comes in the bag and be sure not to overcook them. I bake or broil the lightly seasoned salmon filets skin side down in olive or coconut oil.

Buy Direct from the Fisherman

Captain Tony has been fishing in Alaska since 1990. Wild Alaska is famous for their wild caught Sockeye and King Salmon! All of our other fish, including Ahi Tuna, Shrimp, Scallops, Cod, etc., are responsibly sourced, caught the right way and closely inspected by Capt. Tony to meet our high standards of quality and freshness. They catch and process all 5 species of wild pacific salmon, and source our other seafood products from high quality sustainable fisheries.

The stuff tastes great and is good for you. Internet orders to the continental United States are shipped from their fulfillment center in the Midwest allowing their seafood products to reach US customers in perfect condition. The flavor and texture of their salmon and other products remain fresher than fresh is because the stuff is frozen the same day it is caught.


Nutritionally, if you are eating farm-raised salmon, you might as well be eating pop tarts. Sockeye salmon has the highest amount of Omega 3 of any fish with approximately 2.7 grams per 100-gram portion. Therefore, just one serving of Alaska salmon per week can help to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Scallops are widely considered one of the healthiest seafoods. Made up of 80% protein and sporting a low fat content, they can help you feel fuller longer and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also a great source of antioxidants. Dr. Morris 🙂


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6 comments to Salmon and Scallops: Healthy and Yummy

  • Don’t know if Artie edited the captions in response to Ryan’s post, but the lenses as listed now seem totally appropriate. I bought my 600mm f4L IS in May 2000, and took my 500mm f4L IS (still using it today) to the Galapagos in 2005.

  • Ryan Sanderson

    You might check the lenses used or the dates of the shots as the dates listed for your two photos pre-date the launch date of both lenses listed.

  • Artie
    Safe travels in hopes no plane mishaps!!
    The coastal Brown Bears rock that photo i bet had your heart pumping it does mine, seeing the amazing photo. I don’t think you could have asked for anything gooder 🙂 I would love doing that trip holy smokes.
    Speaking of Salmon the 3 plus weeks in Alaska in 2023, i could not find a restaurant that had salmon and their reason is the freshness it was out of season and in Alaska they take salmon serious.

    Love today’s photo my friend that rocks.

    Always with love b

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, Bob. They should get some Wild Alaska Salmon in winter!

      I think that my bear trip days have passed me by … BWT, there were two younger bears chasing the one with the fish.

      with love, artie

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