Oh Fish

35 thoughts on “Oh Fish”

  1. Golden Dorado or a ‘ Smiling Tom’? I really couldn’t tell?! πŸ™‚
    As for your bird visitor, if it wasn’t stuck somehow, it could have been a desperate gest trying to get away from a predator of some kind? Out of sight – our of immediate danger? Stranger things have happened out there in the wilderness . . .

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    1. Smiling Tom. Hmm. Some kinda fish?

      Thank you for indulging me and speculating about the Flicker’s strange hello. It does make sense. It could have been taking refuge from some predator out there.

      I doubt not that stranger things have happened out there. πŸ™‚

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  2. What a strange story about the woodpecker attaching itself to your screen door! Funny that you’ve become enamored of underwater killer monsters. I love your drawing of the Golden Dorado, although he looks a lot more friendly than a predatory monster with jaws as powerful as a pitbull’s. His coloring is much too beautiful to be so mean! What medium did you use, watercolor? It really is marvelous. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey Cathy, thank you. πŸ™‚ The Golden Dorado despite its monstrous fame is such a beauty. To my mind, when fishes open their mouth, they look like they are hapless and grinning. A bit benign if you will (though I bet they feel far from it), unless you have a frontal peep at the likes of a Vampire fish or the Goliath Tigerfish. I used a mix of watercolour pencils and watercolour tubes.

      I think my fascination is due to the power of the storyteller, Jeremy Wade. His passion for the game is simply beautiful. x

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      1. That is put in a lovely way. I would not care for intimate encounters however! I appreciate wildlife from a distance.
        Once you try your hand at watercolour pencils, there is no turning back. They give you precision. And I mix it with tubes because I want to get the best of both. xx

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  3. The bird would’ve freaked me out thank goodness it freed itself.
    I love the illustration and I believe one of my brothers-in-law loves those programmes about hunting killer fish. Me, I’ll stick with Sir David.
    Have a great week.

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    1. Merci Sheree. Adi agrees with you, and as for me, I was relieved I did not have to get hands-on with the woodpecker. My record is poor. I love watching DA too. πŸ™‚ Jeremy Wade’s singular devotion to the cause has converted me. xx

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  4. Love the painting of the Golden Dorado! You’ve certainly captured that look in the eye that fish often have – an inscrutable downward gaze. Glad to hear that the woodpecker was able to free itself. They are remarkable birds – Neek

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    1. Hello Neek, you are most kind. I know there is always scope for improvement and I am working on my watercolouring skills, but the point is that I am enjoying it so much. Thank heavens for the woodpecker freeing itself — and not returning. I like birds but from a distance. πŸ™‚ xx

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  5. A woodpecker! That’s something. Last week, two toucans and a small eagle visited us as well. Interesting when these things happen. But why hate the tuna-fishing show? Hahaha is it Battlefish in Netflix? I watched the entire show hahahahhaha. But I like that Japanese versions better – less swearing and some calm moments in the show. Battlefish was all adrenaline and drama. Hmm now that I’m talking and thinking about it, maybe I did waste a few nights watching the show.

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    1. Toucans and eagle sounds rather lovely. I am okay with visits as long as I do not have to get too close to them. That is when it freaks me out — and brings back the baby pigeon experience to the forefront of my mind.

      Nah, it is River Monsters with Jeremy Wade on Amazon Prime. I am not a fan of tuna fishing at all. It is Wade’s travels through the far-flung regions of this earth in search of apex predators which live in the fresh waters that gets me. And he is a great storyteller. xx

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  6. Not sure whether to feel jealous or not. We have a lovely green lizard who lives behind the barbecue. Come to think of it, he may well have raised a family there. You’ve probably guessed we don’t use the barbecue πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Small boy is thrilled if he gets to see him.

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  7. Bird behaviour can indeed be odd. We’ve had a similiar incident and I suspect that the bird might have been temporarily dazed/confused. I’ve gone as far as trying to pour a little water into its beak in hope of β€œreviving” it. I didn’t see it fly off, but it was gone after a few hours. You are a talented artist!

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    1. Hello Caroline, I swung by your blog and left a comment (as on other occasions), but I believe I am fodder for the spam folder.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am an amateur but it is bringing back the joy I felt from dabbling in it as a child.

      I am glad your encounter with the bird went fine and hopefully it was revived by the water you thoughtfully poured down its beak. You have a lovely weekend. xx

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  8. I just had a chat with the wordpress folks. They don’t see anything on my side that would prevent you from leaving a comment and your comments aren’t in spam. They see that all was good with your ability to comment in 2019. Not sure what to suggest. Technology!!!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time. That is odd. I have tried the last few times and the comment just vanishes.

      Yeah I could comment last year. I think I will check with wp on my end. It has happened ever since I changed my hosting platform.πŸ˜‘

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      1. Memory got the better of you – and here we are. To have the best of both worlds, sometimes the worst to balance it out, is not too mean a feat. Don’t you think?

        Zaroor milenge.

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