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Old Jun 11, 2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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This afternoon at the Little Rock Zoo, I was blessed with the right light to get a series of facial shots of the family of lowland gorillas that inhabits the zoo. I just couldn't get over the expressions. This female had been watching her son, the zoo's pride and joy, playing in a mimosa tree



It was a hot day, and this fellow decided to plop himself down on the ground and ponder for a while, much as we might enjoy a park bench



He obviously had weighty matters to consider



He was aware of the people snapping away, but it just didn't matter



And the child in the band? Just like any kid....he was having fun...and the mimosa tree was getting the worst of it.



The shot of him is, I know, far weaker than the others, but he just didn't want to cooperate and kept getting tree branches in front of his face, lol.

A fascinating few minutes.

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Old Jun 11, 2009, 11:49 PM   #2
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For obvious reasons I like this thread! Thanks for posting, Paul.

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Old Jun 11, 2009, 11:58 PM   #3
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Wonderful shots, well captured.
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Old Jun 12, 2009, 1:14 AM   #4
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great portraits of these magnificent animals

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Old Jun 12, 2009, 4:13 AM   #5
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Love these shot - they always have such soulful expressions on their faces.

Maybe wondering why they don't evolve into hairless apes......

The stark contrast between soft pelt and leather face is really apparent here.
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Old Jun 12, 2009, 10:38 AM   #6
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Very, very nice - number 2 is something special (very anthropomorphic, too - this is where the expression "aping humans" comes from, i imagine). Well done.
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These are just great Paul!
I think #4 is my favorite.
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