A very busy day.

wnc_naturecenter1

I got off early today and my son, his friend Ryan and my daughter came by to pick me up, and we drove out to the WNC Nature Center in East Asheville (Oteen). Four of us; four cameras popping. The day was a bit cool but otherwise perfect, and the animals had just woken up from their daytime meal and were just beginning to become active (though the cougars still seemed a bit lazy).

wnc_naturecenter2
wnc_naturecenter3
wnc_naturecenter4
wnc_naturecenter5

I took a lot of pictures, and they are in no particular order because there are just so many. So I just peppered them throughout this post. I haven’t given them captions either. I also included some photos ofmy daughter, son, myself and Ryan. The “prism” photos of my daughter and me were a total accident–I’m not sure how that happened but they are cool so I’m posting them.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO SEE FULL SIZE

wnc_naturecenter33
wnc_naturecenter7
wnc_naturecenter8
wnc_naturecenter9

We wanted to see the snake and reptile house too, but they were closed for renovations. We probably spent a good two hours there. We saw all sorts of animals indigenous to this area–otters (pretty much everyone’s favorite), giant turtles, birds of prey (I got photos of the owls), wolves (they were still sleeping and are hard to see because of their camouflage), coyotes (one came right up to the fence), foxes (they were very hard to see and too far away to get good photos), cougars (the adorable male and female pair was cuddled up together), and of course the petting zoo animals (goats and donkeys). We also saw deer and a caterpillar web. I got a pretty good closeup of that. I wanted to see the black bears in action but they seemed to be AWOL today.

wnc_naturecenter11
wnc_naturecenter13
prism_photo
wnc_naturecenter15

wnc_naturecenter14
wnc_naturecenter16

wnc_naturecenter

We spent about two hours at the Nature Center, and then we all went to eat at O’Charley’s. My son’s friend Casey joined us. I don’t think I’ve ever been so hungry in my life. After our early dinner, we caught the 7 PM showing of Zootopia. I’m finally home, and exhausted, but in a good way. Tomorrow’s his last day here. We haven’t decided what we’re doing yet but it will probably be a less active day.

wnc_naturecenter17
wnc_naturecenter18
wnc_naturecenter19
wnc_naturecenter20
wnc_naturecenter21
wnc_naturecenter22
wnc_naturecenter23
wnc_naturecenter24
wnc_naturecenter25
wnc_naturecenter26
wnc_naturecenter27
wnc_naturecenter28
wnc_naturecenter29
wnc_naturecenter30
wnc_naturecenter31
wnc_naturecenter32

Advertisements

About luckyotter

Recovering from BPD and C-PTSD due to narcissistic abuse from childhood. Married to a sociopath for 20 years. Proud INFJ, Enneagram type 4w5. Animal lover, music lover, cat mom, unapologetic geek, fan of the absurd, progressive Catholic, mom to 2, mental illness stigma activist, anti-Trumper. #RESISTANCE
This entry was posted in photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to A very busy day.

  1. jdawgswords says:

    Sounds like you guys had a blast…great pics

    Liked by 1 person

  2. trE says:

    Those are great pictures and your children look so much like you! Asheville is where I’m headed next month fur a day trip. Glad to see you are enjoying your son’s visit. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wow! Love the pictures and the story about your day. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What? No tigers? Lol…just kidding.

    What a fun place. I love wild life refuges and rescues. That coyote (?) about a third of the way down the page, looks like someone’s dog. Lol.

    Loved them all, of course there had to be otters. And those turtles at the end… <3.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.