I don’t know why I’m always so surprised when my hometown is suddenly covered in ice and snow. I mean, it has been known to happen with some frequency in the past few years. As it happened, this year, we even got a white Christmas. (Which in my book made the whole thing that much more tolerable.) The ice threw a little bit of a wrench in my wheels, as I had promised a dear friend I would care for her pets while they were out of town. The treacherous roads caused me to spectacularly miss their morning meal, but I managed to slide into their driveway just a few minutes after noon. Supposedly it will begin to thaw tomorrow, but for now, I’m happily cohabiting with two cats, one parrot, seven finches of various kinds, two chickens, five stunningly beautiful goldfish, and a number of shimmering tetras.
Since my sweet husband presented me with a macro lens for my camera for Christmas, this mostly tropical abundance gave me a new subject matter on which to practice my aim. The light of the past couple of days has been bleak to say the least, even if the ice coating produces interesting effects on the world. My favorite subjects were the goldfish, which have these most captivating, mesmerizing, swishing tail fins. Just gorgeous creatures!