Watching these Koi fish happily swimming in their greenhouse pond helps transport me A World Away from winter and the miseries it has brought, e.g., ice dams (I have two leaking water into my house), roof collapses, and other snow-related miseries. And, let's not forget the impact that seven major storms are having on wildlife. My series of posts about leaving winter behind (begun on January 28th) concludes with these fish, also known as "living jewels" or "swimming flowers." Yes, to both.
In Japan, Koi are symbols of perseverance in adversity and are associated with strength of purpose. These qualities will help us get through the rest of winter. And remember ― it can always be worse.