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!