Something is fishy

A Koi swimming in a pond at the Florida Botanical GardensA Koi swimming in a pond at the Florida Botanical Gardens – Canon PowerShot S50, f2.8, 1/60, 7mm, flash fired

Long ago in a subtropical clime with plenty of heat, humidity and the occasional hurricane I used to photograph with a small point and shoot camera from Canon and had great fun doing it.

One day this fair maiden and her trusty sidekick Bella visited the Florida Botanical Gardens on Ulmerton Road in Largo, Florida. After wandering around the garden taking images of flowers, fruits and the occasional bee’s behind they stopped at the Gift Shop to get out of the sun and to peruse the great things in the shop. There is a manmade pond inside the gift shop that is the home to a few mermaids Koi and I couldn’t resist attempting a shot or two the inhabitants of the pond. I wasn’t sure that any of them would turn out but when I returned to my castle home I found that this Koi image to be appealing to me.

Of course this Koi image will always remind me of the adventures Bella and I used to have and the gift of her friendship too which is fun because in Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.


I’m not sure where I am as this post is published but I am sure I am having fun. Feel free to share this with your friends & family!

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Someone else who dreams of mermaids…
    Lovely image and story.

    • I’m not one to dream about mermaids, but do have a lot of them around in Maine. They hold open doors, hold candles,sit on mantels and window sills, there’s a BIG tin one over an ancient stove in the ancient kitchen, three sit on the wooden rail leading from the driveway to the door, and a few sit on the steps and flank the door…not sure how it all got started, but there they are….most are cast iron and rusty looking….guess we’re still on the same wave length….

  2. Liked picture and story…story was a little short…I prefer longer ones…P. :)

  3. Great shot! Water like a crystal :)

  4. That’s a pretty cool photo, and story.

  5. What a delightful remembrance!

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