"Underwater Otter" at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Photo by John Haldane.

Taken by John Haldane of the Riceville area of Asheville, N.C.
“Underwater Otter” at the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville.
Haldane took the photo March 21, 2011 using a Canon EOS 7D camera and a 24-105 Canon lens: 1/50 sec at f/5.0 and ISO 100.

Editor’s note

John Haldane is a member of the Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, a nonprofit formed in 1974 to support the center which is owned and operated by the City of Asheville.

Haldane took this photo at the recently renovated and dedicated “Brandon’s Otter Falls” exhibit, home to river otters Olive and Obi-Wan. The Friends of the WNC Nature Center said a donation by Rennie Habel funded the construction of “Brandon’s Otter Falls,” an expansion of the otter exhibit made in memory of Habel’s son, Brandon Horne.

The WNC Nature Center’s bobcat and coyotes are in recently renovated exhibit spaces, too.  And the Nature Center last month became the permanent home for two cougar cubs abandoned in the wild.

The WNC Nature Center is at 75 Gashes Creek Road and has more than 40 acres showcasing wildlife and plants native to the Southern Appalachians. The center has more than 60 species of animals and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call (828) 298-5600 for more information.

He has shared many of his photos with the center and said some are featured on the center’s web site. See more photos by John Haldane.

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