There’s some “deep” meaning behind this one (excuse the pun): salmon co-evolved with the temperate rainforests here on the Pacific Coast and over the eons there’s been some pretty dynamic interactions going on between the fish and the trees. The nitrogen from the salmon carcasses of spawned out adults acts as a fertilizer for the forest helping to grown bigger trees along the stream banks… which ends up helping to protect the salmon as they spawn. The salmon isotopes are literally inside the big trees.
The original large oil painting is at the University of Southeast Alaska in Juneau. Dave Rubin helped me finish it up. There are many fun and quirky little details to be found in the original.