The water lily ponds at the Haupt Conservatory in the New York Botanical Garden that form part of the Giverny exhibition are teeming not only with water lilies…also with koi, ornamental varieties of carp. Some of these fish were small and swam more deeply in the ponds. Others lurked in the reeds. And then there were the not so coy koi.
There was a particularly bold specimen who appeared to notice a human presence and make its way deliberately toward me. When it got to the edge of the pond, another koi surfaced and then, the two of them, appeared to engage in a graceful water ballet for our pleasure.