Photography

Photography by Ed Surmise.

Chinese Gold Barbs

Attack of the Barbs!

A lot has happened in the aquarium since my last update. My Italian Vallisneria, val, is doing very well. They’re spreading and filling in nicely. The new plants are easy to clip off and replant where I choose. The other plants, however are just sitting there and doing nothing. I guess that’s good Zen.
The Amazon Sword was supposed to be tall and out of control if you didn’t watch it. It’s just kind of stagnated. It’s roughly the same size as it was when I planted it 3 months ago. I don’t have a Co2 setup. I thought that it didn’t matter for Amazon Swords. I’m not sure what to do with it, I’d kind of like to replace it with some regular, thicker Vallisneria.

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Seattle 2021 family vacation.

Seattle Vacation 2021

We rolled the dice a few months ago and booked a flight and hotel in Seattle for June. I was just playing around with flight prices and saw some great deals. Not knowing if things were going to be open or not we booked the flight anyway. It paid off.

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot Seattle Downtown. It was nice. I asked for a view when we checked in and the front desk clerk said she couldn’t change our room because we booked the room with Expedia. I do recommend booking hotel rooms directly through the hotel itself. Best way is to pick up the phone and call them. I should have done that.

Oh well, our room was on the 12th floor and we did have a nice view of the Columbia Center building. There was a building that provided services for the homeless next to our building and I saw some interesting things in the alley below. Interesting things!

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Coyote Point, San Francisco Bay

California, What More Can I Say?

Since I was a boy, I always dreamed of living in California. The usual cliches– the beach, the sun, and the laid back lifestyle, swirled in my mind as what the perfect life was like. I knew it wasn’t true. Just nice thoughts. So, I never really wanted to go to California. …

I loaded up the Kia in November 2012 and took the leap of faith and moved to California. I was lean, happy, and very optimistic. All the things you need in California.

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Elephant Ear Guppy

And Then Came the Guppies

Dana loves the fish aquarium and wants to be involved with it. She always brings a new perspective and has an eye for things that I might overlook. So, we went fish shopping on Sunday together. We went to PetSmart and Petco. Maybe someday I’ll talk about buying fish here in Las Vegas. Just not today. I was hoping for some Zebra Danios or some Neon Tetras. Dana settled on some Elephant Ear Guppies.

Should’ve Done My Research

If I had done some more reading on guppies in the beginning, I would have started with guppies. They’re the coolest little fish! I did consider guppies before and was always open to them. I knew I wouldn’t like a fluttering fish. I don’t think would have liked how they swam in my aquarium. I like more fluid swimmers. I like shoals as well. Seeing 6-10 fishing darting around in unison is mesmerizing to me.

Guppies aren’t like that. They flutter around and don’t really stick together much. They certainly do little to nothing in unison with one and another. But, it only took a quick couple of hours of them being in my tank for me to come completely enthralled with them.

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Highmore Rodeo, Highmore South Dakota

Out Yonder in South Dakota

Can’t say my time in South Dakota was all a good time. It was a very lonely time. However, I spent that time very productively. I wrote voraciously. I drowned myself in photography, both film and digital. And, I lost over 100lbs while metamorphosing myself.

I was sober, focused, and aware. Looking back it was a splendid time. Every weekend, during the good weather months, I would find some action packed event. Most of them cost a few dollars to get in and I could free roam with my camera in hand. I was like an alien visiting another planet. I didn’t care, this was some of the best photo ops I’d ever see in my lifetime. Rodeos and Pow Pows were especially special. That was living breathing culture. Earth to Ed, are you there?

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