Craig Bohanan’s Photo Blog: Blossom for a bobcat

Craig Bohanan

My wife tells people that she moved to Asheville because of the North Carolina Arboretum, and I believe it’s true — she’s not a woman to be doubted. That said, I’m as apt as she is to suggest we head down Brevard Road for a visit. And when I saw this lotus blossom there, I thought I should dedicate a photograph of it to the bobcat my daughter once hit in Brattleboro, Vermont.

I suppose a dead bobcat is as worthy of a lotus blossom as a dead anything else, but this flower does not honor the death but rather the story the bobcat left.

And the story is this: The day after the car insurance claim was filed (if you’re going to hit a 60-pound bobcat, go larger than a Matrix), an agent called: “Mr. Bohanan, do I understand correctly that your daughter hit a bobcat?” “Yup, you do. She did.” “Well, could you tell me, was that … was that bobcat, you know …. an animal, or was it like … one of those little tractors?” It kind of made my day.

And I’m not going to tell you that a good story is worth the life of a bobcat, or that this story was worth all the hassles of getting the Matrix put back together, but what I will tell you is that with every sharing of the story, and with every passing month, that gap does narrow.

Photographer Craig Bohanan’s blog can be found here.

About Craig Bohanan
Asheville-based personal historian Craig Bohanan shares his perspective on daily life.

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