Photo Finish: Aquariums!

Aquariums are one of my favorite places to visit. Here’s a look at some of the best images I captured in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Animals are difficult to photograph, even when in artificial habitats, but the results one can get through patience, creativity, and blasting out a number of exposures will stack the proverbial deck in favor of catching a really unique image!

Luna taking a nap. Luna is one of about 50 known albino alligators to exist in North America. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It is one of three North Carolina Aquarium facilities (the other two at Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island). Kure Beach, North Carolina (Nathanael Miller, 3 Feb. 2018)
Maverick, a bald eagle. He was found in Wisconsin, his left wing broken and crippled. Unable to fly, he came to the aquarium in 2014. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It is one of three North Carolina Aquarium facilities (the other two at Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island). Kure Beach, North Carolina (Nathanael Miller, 3 Feb. 2018)
Shark! North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It is one of three North Carolina Aquarium facilities (the other two at Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island). Kure Beach, North Carolina (Nathanael Miller, 3 Feb. 2018)
Sea turtle. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, located along Owl Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Nathanael Miller, 11 Feb. 2018)
River otter sticking his tongue out. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, located along Owl Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Nathanael Miller, 11 Feb. 2018)
Could this redhead diving duck be any cuter? Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, located along Owl Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Nathanael Miller, 11 Feb. 2018)
Crimson-patched longwing butterfly (also known as the red passion flower butterfly). The Tennessee Aquarium. It opened in 1992 and houses 12,000 animals from 800 species. Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Nathanael Miller, 28 March 2018)
Penguin swimming in its habitat. The Tennessee Aquarium. It opened in 1992 and houses 12,000 animals from 800 species. Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Nathanael Miller, 28 March 2018)
Yellow tang. The Tennessee Aquarium. It opened in 1992 and houses 12,000 animals from 800 species. Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Nathanael Miller, 28 March 2018)
This young alligator was delighted when I accepted his invitation to afternoon tea. The Tennessee Aquarium. It opened in 1992 and houses 12,000 animals from 800 species. Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Nathanael Miller, 28 March 2018)

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