When I moved to my farm seven years ago, one of the first things I did was stock my pond with koi. Maybe ‘stock’ is not the right word. I carefully selected a dozen koi, and paid good money by the way, to have the honor of offering these enchanting fish a home in my pond.

This is not unlike buying young royalty. Ask Japanese buyers who have paid anywhere from $60,000 to $2,000,000 for the most prized of royal koi.

Sheesh! Mine are tramps compared to such distinguished royals.

Still, I delight in my koi. They glide around the pond as if they own it. They behave like teenagers cruising the strip. They are beauty pageant contestants of all colors and sizes. They are zenned out in a watery bliss.

I love to toss food out and watch as they slowly glide to the surface with their huge fish-lips sucking each individual morsel down the hatch. Guuul-lup. A minute later another…guuul-lup.

They are slow. They are deliberate. And they are lovely. Sadly, I haven’t one left from the original bunch.

Bad things happen. Like great blue herons, kingfishers, raccoons and snakes. I have even wondered about snapping turtles, after I met one in the pond.

Yesterday started off horribly on the farm. First thing in the morning, I found two koi dead and half-eaten. It appeared to be wasteful carnage. But I am not Mother Nature. There were only chomps in the bellies, with heads and bodies still intact.

Losing one is misery. Losing two equals devastation. Especially since these two went way back.

For Photo of the Day…in memoriam…here are the lovelies I am so missing…POTD_10_06_koi1

I believe koi understand friendship. These two swam side by side so often. Maybe that was their downfall. I’m thinking a raccoon got them as they dozed overnight in the pussy willows.POTD_10_06_koi2

On the bright side…we are anticipating and watching for, the ‘coming out’ of the new guys.

About a month ago, Recluse Man and I visited the Mountain City, TN high school, where they have an FFA program that includes a greenhouse full of fish tanks. The students are in an aquatic program that in addition to the koi, includes raising tilapia for local restaurants, and growing aquatic plants.

That’s where we get our koi each year. And it always seems they disappear for awhile as soon as we release them. It might take a year before the new kids join the bad boys cruising the strip.

We bought four new koi this year (for $175!) and we wish them well. Like…really well!

Recluse Man and I have both had sightings. We’re not talkin’ Elvis. Oh No. We’re talkin’ Koi-Boys.

Here are some photos from our recent visit to the aquatic center at the Mountain City High School. It’s mesmerizing and tough to decide who to pick…and I got dizzy photographing them in wavy reflections and wanted them all…POTD_10_06_koi3…until…Baby?…who’s buying??POTD_10_06_koi5 Koi MC, TNWe consulted first, then told the teacher who we wanted…class begins!POTD_10_06_koi5 Koi MC, TNFish Rodeo!!!POTD_10_06_koi6 Koi MC, TNWe want THAT ONE!!POTD_10_06_koi7 Koi MC, TNWhat a great program for the students.  Here they are in front of a tilapia tank gone wild…POTD_10_06_koi8 Koi MC, TNAnd here is Recluse Man back home before he releases our new lovelies…POTD_10_06_koi9 Koi MC, TNBEST WISHES TO OUR NEW FISHES!!!





The sun finally made an appearance today. It popped from behind a big, puffy, white cloud and was so brilliant I had to look away. That’s when I noticed this Koi swimming through the  same cloud.

I gotta tell ya…I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now and I’ve seen fish swimming in them and these cloud illusions sure beat the hell outta rain.

For Photo of the Day…may I present our Koi named ‘School Bus’…swimming through cloud illusions on the pond…

PHOTO OF THE DAY – IT’S WHAT’S FOR LUNCH! – September 24, 2015

Obviously, I did not make this Photo of the Day. No No No. Recluse Man did.

This should have been Recluse Man in the photo. Yes Yes Yes.

I reckoned there was a slight chance of sweet-talking RM into the pond to disperse of the overabundance of watercress … but as soon as I discovered a soggy mouse nest the size of a fishbowl in one foot of the waders, the man ran for dear life.

So it was left to me to harvest our lunch…here is Photo of the Day…POTD_9_23_15

Oops…there I go getting sucked in…POTD_9_24_15_6

What happened to the blond in the pond??…POTD_9_24_15_7

Boy am I hungry…POTD_9_24_15_5I’m submitting this to Survivor…POTD_9_24_15_4Lunch…at last!!!POTD_9_24_15

And another bad poem just for you…

Over watercress I obsess…

in our pond there’s such excess…

so I wiggle into my armored battle dress…

and with great finesse I coalesce…

ripping out those suckers who I then possess…

no need for GPS…

they are everywhere to my distress.

To the watercress I address…

This Pond I Will Repossess!!

Salad for all…such success!

Now let me undress…

from these freekin’ waders as I confess…

I look like Bouncing Bess…

in need of her Pony Express.