Saturday, July 25, 2009

Native animals, closer than usual

Visiting the Western North Carolina Nature Center for the first time (encouraged by the seasonal butterfly house), we enjoyed an up-close view of some native mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that we normally don't see.

Bobcats, red wolves, gray wolves, gray fox, and coyotes were among them, but our favorites included a very lively male bear (he splashed and played in a large pool with a rope toy, climbed a tree, rolled a log, and clambered up a tree stump).

A river otter, waiting for dinner, posed on a rock.

And these turtles, in an attractive turtle pond, basked quite close on several logs, strategically placed. (I wish we had a small pond like this in the Children's Garden at the SC Botanical Garden!)

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Blogger David said...

Fab photos. Thanks for sharing.

July 25, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

It was great fun to be able to take some photos close-up!

July 25, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I love that river otter picture. We just get a view of the top of their heads. What a fun place to go and see the animals.

July 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

your cool man

July 30, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

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