Friday, August 29, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS AND SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

I have often mentioned Meadowlark Gardens and if you would like to see any of those posts, click on the label below this one.  There is a lake stocked with large Koi and we will often see turtles swimming alongside them.  I have shared photos of them before.  They always fascinate me.  The Koi and turtles hang out near the gazebo as it is a popular place for people to feed them.  


We can buy fish food at the visitor center but I haven't done this myself.  They seem to have a lot of natural food in the lake, plus lots of parents with small children who love nothing better than to throw food at all those open mouths below, which the turtles seem to enjoy as well, presumably.  I think that's why the Koi and turtles are constant companions.  Of course assumptions can be incorrect.


I have always admired the rooster weather vane on top of the gazebo, and thought as he is a critter of sorts, he would fit right in with today's post.


























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I am joining Misty's Camera Critters and Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  You can find their buttons on my side-bar.  Thank you for hosting ladies.

33 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those Koi are big and beautiful. I had 5 baby Koi in my 55 gallon tank. I kept them for nearly 10 years until we moved from New Mexico to Florida. They were so big that they would have almost filled the tank without water, which needed changing almost every week. Had to give them away to a pet store.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love those big and beautiful Koi. I kept 5 babies that I bought for 10 cents each aand kept for ten years. They recognized my wife whenever she came into the room because she was the one who fed them. Had to give them away when we moved.

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous koi! probably expensive, too! turtles can be such mooches! :)

Willow said...

That is so interesting , they would fascinate me too and look at the size of them . WOW.

Elephant's Child said...

Beautiful things - and no, they don't look in any need of extra feeding.

William Kendall said...

I like the colours in both the koi and the turtles.

Kathie Brown said...

I love the koi! What fun!

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures of the turtles! Also the koi. The turtle faces are so clear.

Brian King said...

Those are some big Koi! Very colorful, too. The turtles look like Red-eared Sliders.

Stephanie said...

The Koi are beautiful! All fantastic images!

gigihawaii said...

There are quite a few koi ponds here in Hawaii, also. Those fish can grow quite large.

Karen S. said...

What a fine collection of critters!

eileeninmd said...

Denise, I love the pretty koi. They are so colorful. I am sure they are well fed.. The turtles are also a favorite of mine, I love to see them.. This sounds like a great place to visit. Thank you for sharing your post with my Saturday's Critters... Have a happy weekend!

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Love those big Koi and the turtles. You got some good, clear shots as the Koi came up wanting to be fed. (We went to a big centre a couple of weeks ago, but the tanks had mesh over them so the fish were difficult to photograph).

EG CameraGirl said...

You did a great job photographing the koi! I know from experience that it's not easy...at least for me. :)

orvokki said...

I do not know what fish these are, but they are amazing colorful mottled. Never seen. I first thought them as toys.

Adam said...

nice koi and turtles

Sandra said...

I love that second shot, call it Kissy Koi... and the turtles are beautiful shots... i always buy food to feed the Koi and the ducks and flamingo's at Jungle Gardens...

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Those colorful fish can brighten up any pond! Great pictures!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the koi and turtles! My humble goldfish are cute, but koi are so pretty.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful 'critter shots' ~ love the fish and the turtles ~ delightful photography!
Happy Weekend to you ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Marie said...

Beautiful koi and turtles, Denise! Love that feed is available for them so the kids can enjoy that part of their visit.

lina@happy families said...

Wonderful koi and turtles. The koi looks big and beautiful.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love both the koi and the turtles. I could watch the koi in the Winter Garden forever.

Pat said...

Beautiful fish. It's neat to see them side by side with the turtles.

ruma said...

Great Nishiki-goi.
Beautiful pattern.

It is one of the symbol of elegance.

Thank you for your visit. It's my honor
Greetings and hugs.

Have a good day. From Japan, ruma❃


Kay said...

Wow! You've really captured the gorgeous colors of all these beautiful creatures. I'm so envious of the clarity of your photos.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh I love turtles...we don't see them enough.

NatureFootstep said...

colorful species both of them :)

Michelle said...

I always love seeing Koi. Such beautiful fish.

Hannah said...

The Koi are beautiful, especially the first photo with the fish extending so much out of the water, and the lovely ripples in the water. It's strange how the turtles follow them around.

Indrani said...

Wow! You got good close captures. They seem to be friendly!

janiceadcock said...

Nice shots!!! Just had goldfish in my pond. But some had the multicolor markings like koi.