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Think blue, Think cool

Water hyacinth

Imagine everything around is the cool blue of a water hyacinth.

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Water, water, boil and trouble

Water garden, honest

Pond water. This is what we’re drinking. Guppies not included.

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So many guppies!

Lots of guppies in a tank

I have totally given up on trying to name guppies. The guppy tank always looks pretty much the same from day to day, week to week, month to month. In sort, there’s a lot of guppies in there. There are always lots, there are always new little ones, and somehow there always seems to be the about the same level of lots. I don’t want to know what’s happening to the extras.

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Bowl of guppies

Blurry guppies

Blurry guppies

Remember the guppies that were outside swimming under a water lily? Probably not. Well, if you know anything about guppies, you might be relieved to hear that I brought them inside about a month ago, when the nights began to cool.

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Raccoons

Water garden after raccoon attack

Water garden after raccoon attack

Unlike the skunks, who stroll by every night all bold and leisurely, the raccoons sneak around in darkness.  You might get up for a late-night pee and hear gnawing and chewing and noshing; and when you peer down from upstairs, there’s a raccoon emptying the bird feeders. Or you might be sitting by the window enjoying a cool breeze from the night garden and hear furtive rustlings; and when you shine a flashlight out to see, there’s a whole family of raccoons reflecting the light with bandit eyes and backing away with soft, open-mouthed hisses. Or perhaps on a night when the light is no more than a sliver of moon that set with the sun, they decide to trash your little scrap of pond.

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The water lily and the guppies

Water lily

Water lily

This is why I keep guppies–for the water lily. One water lily in a free-standing black tub. Keeping even such a small lily pond means setting up a whole system. I add  hornwort and anachris to aerate the water. I add water hyacinths to help clear the water with their roots and for a few more flowers.  The snails and the duck weed just show up. As do mosquito larvae. And since we’re expecting a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year, the lily pond needs fish more than ever.

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That’s Mr. James Madison to you

Sue the guppy

Sue the guppy

Sue and sons and Mom?

Sue and sons and a mom

Sue is still pretty. He’s still the star of the guppy tank with his flaring red tail all fanned out.

The sons of Sue are indeed sons. They’re not quite as big as Sue, but each are clearly chips of the rainbow-sided block .

And they’re all doing their best to become dads.

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Sons of Sue

Sue and the ladies

Sue and the ladies

Sue and the fam

Sue and the kids

My guppy named Sue is turning out to be quite beautiful, if I may say so. I love his flowing flaming tail, the rainbow shimmer on his sides, and the blue-white flags of his fins. If you can believe these blurry pictures.

Despite my earlier fears, the tank hasn’t filled with baby guppies yet.There’s still just two little ones. The only casualties lately have been two of the Sisters who went out to visit with the water lily way, way too early. So the total is back down to six guppies.  And the offspring are starting to show their colors.

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A Guppy Named Sue

Sue swimming right

Sue swimming right

Well, well, well. Look who turned about to be a boy after all. The one pretty guppy of the six sisters is now quite beautiful, with a flaming red tail, and shiny white flag, and gleaming sides. So he has a name, now. Sue.

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Do guppies say cheese?

The why me? guppy

The why me? guppy

I seem to have veered off in a new direction. Take a picture. Write about it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. It’s easy to do most days, except I can’t really call it a direction.

Worse, today we had dimsum, but didn’t take any pictures. And we went for a long walk, but didn’t take any pictures. And I’m still aggravated about needing to deal with my car, but I’m certainly not going to take any pictures of that. Which leaves, which leaves…

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