Thursday, September 24, 2009

We Found Mama Fish!

We are certainly in better shape than lots of metro-Atlanta after this flooding rain, but it was disheartening to discover when the water receded that we had lost the large (18+ inch) koi from the pond at the big house. The creek that runs adjacent to the pond had risen about 6 or 8 feet, and completely overtook the pond. The pumps for the waterfalls had gone out, so by Tuesday morning it was a big bowl of muddy water.

As peculiar as it sounds, each of the fish has a distinct personality, and we had become quite attached to them.

The good news is that "Mrs." found one of them floudering in an azalea in the rain on Monday, and was able to get him back into the water; he managed to come through the muddy experience just fine. Tuesday I found the blond "teenager" caught in a pool on the creek (he had tried swimming upstream), with lots of bruises. He's back in the pond, as well, and seems to be just fine.

Yesterday afternoon one of the neighbors came over to tell us "Mama Fish," the big fat white one, was happily swimming around in the creek where it crosses his property, about a quarter mile away. She's now back at home, as well!

We're still missing two, and are hoping that they have made it out to Lake Alatoona, and aren't caught somewhere in some debris! If anybody catches a beautiful big orange carp in the months to come at Alatoona, please don't tell me about it!


  1. I would love to believe that the two missing ones are enjoying a new found freedom but missing the feeding from your hands. Hope the sun is shining.

  2. I am so glad you are fine but I do wish those fish swim home!

  3. Hi Tim! Thanks for following my blog - thought I would have a look at yours and am finding it really interesting. Especially as I started my gardening career as an estate gardener.

    In UK we have heard nothing of the floods but trust all is getting back to normal now. We have the opposite problem: after weeks of rain, September has been much hotter and drier than normal. Now spend half my day watering and trying to keep plants alive.