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p.1 #1 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Mother Nature gave to me 11 distant relatives.....I love big cats and raptors but there is something so different about primates. The monkeys and apes are just fascinating to observe...whether its their family squabbles, facial expressions or just that they are only a few percentage points of DNA away from us Homo sapiens....they draw me into their world and it's hard to leave.
One more day and then a well earned posting vacation!
Eric


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Jan 02, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


My favourite in this series of posts Eric. Very nice work. I don't think there is much of a difference between them and us, they're just smart enough to afford offices and cell phones. No way I'm picking favourites.

Rob



Jan 03, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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p.1 #3 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Awesome captures Eric!....


Jan 03, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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p.1 #4 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


I missed some of your previous pots, Eric, but judging from the quality of these images I'm surely going back to check them out. These are all well captured and show the soul and personality of these animals.
Have a great 2013;beer:
Socrate



Jan 03, 2013 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #5 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Eric , I have really enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas series. Thank you for taking the time to treat us to these marvelous shots.

Birdie



Jan 03, 2013 at 12:36 AM
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p.1 #6 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


These are a delight to view Eric

Morris



Jan 03, 2013 at 01:18 AM
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p.1 #7 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


sweet set of primates Eric


Jan 03, 2013 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #8 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Good looking stuff Eric. The boot licker is my fave.


Jan 03, 2013 at 01:49 AM
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p.1 #9 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Another super set Eric Too many good ones to pick ~ Ron


Jan 03, 2013 at 01:56 AM
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p.1 #10 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Great work, as usual.
I think I recognize #6.
Paul



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p.1 #11 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


One thing for sure Eric is the eyes sure pull you in and give a eerie feeling at times on these guys.
#1 is sharp right where it needs to be, great on both eyes
#2 you don't even want to mess with me
#3 that look is distressing to me, like a warning that something is very wrong
#4 I have a leaf just like that
#5 a bit more relaxing here
#6 that is one big belly!
#7 I will refrain from my comments here
#8
#9 anmd #10.......good family time
#11 darn adorable buddy, love that little guy in the middle

Lots of emotion shown in their expressions, wouldn't want to misjudge what they are telling us either....

Karl



Jan 03, 2013 at 02:06 AM
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p.1 #12 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


I usually say I'm not a big fan of primate shots because I usually find them to be depressing for some reason. Shots like 6 do that to me. That said some of these I just love! 4 with the perfectly placed fig leaf in 4 7 stole my heart, 8 well don't get me started on that one I like the interaction in 9 and the last is uber priceless! Maybe you are changing my mind! Great set

Tim



Jan 03, 2013 at 02:08 AM
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p.1 #13 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


WOW, Eric, what a set. Last i ones really special. But I'd be happy with any of these.

H



Jan 03, 2013 at 02:34 AM
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p.1 #14 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


I pick them all as my favorite.

Wacky roger



Jan 03, 2013 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #15 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Eric- a whole buncha beauties,
Monkeys and baboons can be found on the plains and its fringes- but chimps and apes are a whole lot more difficult to find; and I didn't know you had traveled to see the gorillas. So they came as a fun surprise.
The little monkey in the last shot- looking right at you and waving- is as memorable as an image can be. I love it!
Charlie



Jan 03, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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p.1 #16 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


What a cool set of primates man


Jan 03, 2013 at 03:02 AM
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p.1 #17 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Jeez, Eric, is there anything you don't have great photos of?? This is a wonderful collection. You do an excellent job of capturing the expressions on critters' faces. You'd probably make a fine portrait photographer. (Or maybe you are one already?) Thanks for showing these.
Mark



Jan 03, 2013 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #18 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Thanks so much everyone for the kind words. I didn't actually realize that some people don't like seeing primates. My suspicion is that most of the images are from captive animals and there is a palpable sadness that comes through in their faces in those situations. I hope these free ranging ones don't necessarily come across the same way.
Mark, I do try to get facial expressions if I can but am in no way a portrait photographer....in fact I shy away from them but will do as many candid shots of my family as I can....I love spontaneity and not forced smiles and poses. On the other hand, it is my wife's few hundred gigs of family photos that we will all look back at with fondness rather than my thousands of leopard shots....go figure!
Eric



Jan 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM
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p.1 #19 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Best yet Eric! Awesome shots.
David



Jan 03, 2013 at 08:08 PM
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p.1 #20 · Merry Christmas!On the 11thday of xmas...


Great stuff, but the gorillas really stand out here. They really do invite human comparison. Next Year!!!!! Don


Jan 03, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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