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To All the Fish That I Loved Before

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As a follow up to my post regarding Digby (the last fish to have ever lived in my aquarium), I decided to make a post with pictures of the fish that I’ve had the pleasure of taking care of in the past.  I took care of more fish than the ones in this post, I just never had an opportunity to take pictures of the other fish that are not in this post or they were not that cooperative and didn’t feel as model-ly as the other fish lol.

I started my tank on a whim, about 10 years ago.  I was bored and wanted to have a pet to take care of.  I wanted a pet that was relatively low maintenance and self-contained (so I wouldn’t have to chase messes around the house) and a fish tank was the perfect solution.  I did consider taking care of a pet rock but wheres the fun in that?!?

So here they are, my pet fishies from the past!

“Lippy, the bug-eyed goldfish – Lippy was the first resident model of the aquarium.  I named him Lippy because of his large Angelina Jolie lips lol.”

“Sully, the sad pearlscale goldfish – I named him Sully because he always had this sad and sullen look on his face,which I dubbed the perma-frown.”

“Mort, the worried pearlscale goldfish – He always had this hurried and worried expression that reminded me of this character from the Archie Comics named Mort the Worried Wart, hence I named him Mort.”

“Dazey, the dazed red cap oranda – He always had a dazed expression, hence his name; and no, I did not put anything in the water… I think…”

“Flippy, the red oranda – He was the acrobat of the tank, always twisting and flipping around.”

“Spalding, the goldfish – Yes, after the sporting goods company because he reminded me of the Spalding basketballs which are orange and black.  Although, I should have changed his name when Spalding lost all of his black coloration and ended up being all orange.”

“Patchy, the calico moor – The show off of the tank. She was named after all the beautiful black and orange patches on her white body.”

“Digby, the black moor – He liked to dig around in the gravel, hence his name.  The last fish that I have ever had the pleasure of taking care of.”

To all the fish that I’ve loved before, thank you for giving me the pleasure of taking care of you guys and I hope you guys are all doing great in fishy heaven!!!

To all of the fish

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August 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Daylilies

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We’ve had a REALLY hot and dry summer in Toronto so far.  Its been so hot and dry that I have never seen our backyard so lifeless and dry that whenever I step out into the backyard I would hear the brown brittle grass (well, whats left of it) crunching under my feet on every step!  The state of our backyard right now is really in stark contrast to what it was about a month and a half ago when the weather was nice and mild and everything in the backyard was full of life and ripe with photographic opportunities!  Thankfully I took a lot of pictures of the backyard during that time so I’ll have stuff to process for the future.  Think of it as saving for a rainy day except that I saved the pictures for the opposite reason.

Anyways, here are some pictures of the daylilies in the backyard when they were in full bloom. I love how the flowers are backlit by the warm sunlight and makes it seem like they’re glowing… And who said that you shouldn’t shoot against the sun?? :P

To My Last Fish

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“Digby, the Black Moor”

I’ve had an aquarium in my room for the last 10 years or so and I’ve had so much fun taking pictures of its inhabitants over the years.  However, about a month ago I had to get rid of the aquarium after my last fish, Digby, died because of another fungus outbreak.  My tank has had fungus problems over the years and I’ve managed to keep it under control with anti-fungals; but the fish would still eventually succumb to the fungus after being hit multiple times.  Since the outbreaks became more frequent over the last couple years, I decided to not take in anymore fish so I wouldn’t have to subject more fish to get fungal problems.  I also decided to give up the whole aquarium business after my last fish had gone to fishy heaven, since this tank would probably still have fungus even after a good washing (I’ve washed and dried this tank thoroughly several times in the past and the fungus just keeps coming back).  It finally happened about a month ago.

This post is dedicated to Digby, the black moor.  He (I just assumed that he was a he… lol) was the last fish that I had the honour of keeping in my aquarium.  Here are some of the pictures I have taken of him over the time he had occupied my tank.

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June 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

Revisiting the Canon FD 35mm f/2.0

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A couple of months ago I purchased a Canon FD 35mm f/2.o lens to mount on my Olympus E-P3, now this is a manual focus-only lens on this camera body.   I had originally thought that manually focusing on an LCD screen would be a piece of cake and how I would make a boatload of beautiful photos with this lens, but how terribly wrong I was.  I ended up not using the lens as much as I had intended to because of the difficulty I experienced with manual focusing, which was also exacerbated by my deteriorating eyesight.  So it stayed in storage until I saw it again a couple of days ago while rummaging through my camera stuff.  I decided to take it out for a trip to the backyard as I felt guilty for having neglected this gorgeous piece of glass for a couple of months.

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May 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

Revenge of the Crocus

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I had previously posted about how the crocuses in the front yard had bloomed, but at the time only a couple of flowers were open.  Today, however, was a different story. It was a gorgeously warm day and I guess all that warmth and sunshine coaxed the remaining crocuses to bloom. The plant box in the front yard had a carpet of crocus flowers!  They were calling to me, so I decided to take another stab at taking photos.  I also thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to bust out the macro lens!  I haven’t used my macro lens in a long while and I had forgotten the difficulty of taking macro photos.  The really thin depth of field + my unreliably shaky hands = potential disaster; I would have used a tripod but that would have just slowed me down (and I didn’t have a tripod that would go down that low on the ground).  So I just cranked up the ISO and remained as steady as I could while taking the photos.  I think it worked out well!  Enjoy the photos!

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