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Day 126- Monkey Moments- One

I recently went to the Jigokudani monkey park in Nagano, famous for its lazy macaque monkeys. They have earned their lazy stripes relaxing in hot springs, passing the cold winter in their own little monkey heaven. It was amazing to see. They are so used to human visitors they accept you into their troop, letting you get as close as you like. Maybe they are just too lazy to object. Either way, it’s an intriguing experience; human-like behaviour mimicking a little piece of you. When you look into their eyes their is an intelligence and understanding you don’t see in other animals.

This one was relaxing in the hot spring, bleary eyed and lazy as he peers over the edge at the enraptured photographers. He is probably wondering what is so interesting, us both as much a zoo attraction as each other.

The monkey park is a photo haven, their willingness to pose and colourful faces making it difficult to take a bad one. I took lots and thought I would make a regular feature- ‘Monkey Moments’. One monkey per blog post, until I run out of good ones. See some other monkey moments.

AWARDS

WINNING PHOTO in the Photo Lord daily photography competition. See it here.

RUNNER UP in The Telegraph ‘Big Picture’ Photography competition. See it on my blog here or on the Telegraph website here.

FRESHLY PRESSED!… on the worpress.com homepage. See it here.

WINNER! in The Times weekly travel photography competition. See it here.

WINNER! in the picstop.co.uk animal photography competition. See it here.

ALBUM COVER ART WORK – My spiky-haired friend has made it onto an album cover! In Situ, by Zindagi Band. See it here.

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Comments 29

  1. theresagreen March 27, 2012

    Thanks for liking my post and leading me to your blog, it’s fascinating. Saw a documentary about those macaques; how lucky you are to see them ‘live’. Looking forward to seeing more images.

    • winegums March 28, 2012

      They really are amazing! Its just so amazing that you can get so close to them and they are so accepting. I could have stayed there for hours and hours watching them. More monkey moments very soon! 🙂

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    • winegums October 15, 2013

      Thank you 🙂 I definitely recommend going to see the monkeys. They are in the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture. The best time to go is suring the winter months so make sure to wrap up! 🙂

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