Shot in the Lan Su Chinese Gardens of Portland, Oregon.
Chinese legend views the koi as a symbol for ambition and perseverance as told through the tale of Dragon’s Gate on Yellow River. According to the legend, the Chinese koi would swim up the river and attempt to jump up the waterfall. any that were successful would change into a dragon. This resulted in the koi being considered a symbol for worldly ambition and achievement in persevering past the harshest challenges and also speaks of courage in the face of insurmountable obstacles, resulting in a masculine symbol for bravery.