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By Larry Iles

Spring has sprung in all its glory, which can mean a lot of different things depending on where you are as you read these words. As I pondered on this month’s column I couldn’t help but look at the weather (we’re under a tornado warning at the moment…) and notice that there is everything from warm sunny days to flooding to snow flurries wafting across the good ol’ USA, not to mention our readers in Canada, South America, Australia, and anywhere else across the globe where these pages may find themselves going. No matter where you are, I hope you are enjoying a nice day by the pond.

This month’s issue is packed with reasons to enjoy your koi. James Reilly shares some wisdom born of science and experience, explaining the nature of Nishikigoi as a 4 season fish. Understanding their nature makes it much easier and more fun to keep them healthy and happy all year long.

Our good friends at the Michigan Koi and Pond Club share the highlights of their annual pond tour with us (many thanks to Bruce, Richard, and Teri), once again inviting us to take the tour with them. You can tell from the pictures that they not only have some beautiful ponds and koi, but some beautiful friendships they are so kind to share with us as well.

More beauty and friendships are shared by Nancy Moore and her friends from the Washington Koi and Garden Society as they share their annual show with everyone. Lots of great entries at the show and as always, even better people.

Speaking of beautiful Koi, Martin Symonds takes us for a visit at Yagenji Koi Farm in Japan. The story of their humble beginnings brings a smile to your face almost as big as the incredible quality they produce. I’ll never forget the very first Yagengi Kohaku I ever saw. I spent at least an hour just marveling at the incredible translucent quality of her skin and scales.

Yet another great Koi Show comes our way courtesy of Rosimeri Tran and her friends in the Central California Koi Society. The Fresno show just seems to get better each year, but with 37 years of practice I suppose they’ve learned a few things along the way. There’s no room for doubt that they had a great time this time around.

On the Koi Health front, Jerry Kyle shares more news from OSU on the research we’ve been funding for KHV research. The advances they’ve made are impressive to say the least, and there is even reason to believe that a cure may be in our future.

Our KHA Director Julie Miller has some good news about KHA education and training. She’s been doing a great job of working with KHA students from all over the country, and she has some impressive results to report as we prepare for this year’s Wet Lab in Cedar Falls.

Not to be outdone, Dr. Paula Reynolds shares good advice mingled with humor from across the pond. Properly diagnosing flashing koi isn’t always as simple as it seems but she has a way of breaking things down that should help us all be better at figuring out what is really going on when one of your koi becomes a Flasher.

Last but not least, Claudia Nice once again shares both her knowledge and her artistry, this time with Kohaku taking center stage. Sometimes I wonder to myself, if she painted me could she make me look that good? Then I remember, she paints “reality”, so making me look good is definitely out of the picture…

Well, the Tornado warnings have expired, the storms have passed me by, and I guess that means I must be done writing. Until next time anyway.

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