This is one of my favorite carp pictures. It has graced my desktop for years. It’s not the largest carp ever photographed, but that’s not the point– check out the colors on this fish.
The blue on the eyelid.
The purple reflection under the fly.
The red orange stroke on the lower tail fin, or even the more yellow orange highlight in the fork of the tail. The dorsal line is deep black especially just before the tail. The eye that isn’t visible is ringed with a sage green. The dorsal fin is green, purple, and blue. Yeah, the sun is glistening and part of the mid section that should be yellowish-bronze is blown out, over exposed and lifeless, but surrounded by so much color. Take a look at the tail again… notice the net showing through? Notice how yellow olive the top of the fin is in contrast with the yellow orange bottom fork? See the one hundred shades of green on the forehead?
This carp probably only went 2.5 pounds. I don’t remember. I don’t remember when it was caught or where or under what circumstances, but I still marvel at the wide variety of colors on the fish. There is a time to write your name in the snow, and there is a time to shut up, take a deep breath, blink, and see what’s all around you.