Comical Koi at the Zilker Botanic Garden
We devoted one afternoon in Austin to exploring the Zilker Botanic Garden. There were very few blooms, but even in December it’s worth seeing. I especially like the way it is designed around the topography of a hillside overlooking downtown Austin.
We enjoyed the Prehistoric Garden, which showcased ancient plants and a few dinosaurs.
There were several specimens of the deciduous conifer, Montezuma Cypress. At this time of year the normally green needles were a sort of tan orange color, but still attached. I thought it was quite attractive.
Flowing water and waterfalls could be found throughout the garden.
We moved on to the Japanese Garden, which had a large koi pond, full of large koi.
Some people find koi to be beautiful, I know. But for some reason I just think they’re funny. The big ones seem to have this galumphing, ponderous aspect. Maybe the colder water was making them more sluggish.
Anyhow, my kids have the same reaction to koi that I do. So we were standing around the koi pond, making fun of the fish and mistifying other visitors, for a good length of time. It was especially amusing when one of the big koi would come up to the surface and open its round, toothless mouth to swallow something. It just seemed to be saying: “Hello, I am an orange catfish.”
I guess you had to be there. Anyhow, it was a very well done Japanese Garden.
The hidden waterfall grotto was especially nice.
Another worthwhile thing at Zilker is the Green Garden, which showcases ways for people to utilize Texas natives and make their home gardens more environmentally responsible.
So how do you feel about koi? Do you think they are beautiful, or funny, or just a very expensive way to feed the raccoons?