Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A brief departure today from the normal post of a photo. While living in St. Louis I often spent time at the Zoo. So many opportunities for photos unavailable if not traveling across the world. One particular chimpanzee I often spent time observing and took probably over a hundred shots of was the chimp above. A very unique 14 year old with auto immune disease, thus no hair anywhere on her body. She died unexpectedly over the weekend. I have posted a link just below the 2nd photo to a brief video about the incident if you are interested. The death brought to mind how fleeting life is...whether human or animal. With that in mind I have posted another photo of another "friend" of mine at the St. Louis Zoo. It seems that we connected, both staring at each other with curiosity. Ironic the timing with the recent news of the chimpanzee attack on it's owner...we tend to project human emotions and attributes to animals such as these. Even though we share a majority of our DNA, it seems that the hierarchy of the animal kingdom still remains in place.


Sunny said...

Dan, you're a lucky men to have so warm feelings to the animal. I was at the Zoo only once and left it heart broken as what I saw shocked me:

Sorry about the quality. I'm a lame photographer.

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny that is awful. Not the photos but the subject matter. I have always been torn about Zoos. I love being able to see animals from countries that I knew I would never have the chance to visit. But at the same time, it is cruel to have them trapped out of their natural habitat.


Sacha van Straten said...

Hi Dan,

Love the first shot of the chimp staring back at you. Quite disconcerting. Great DOF.

Not too far from my home in France there's a great zoo, that's designed more like a large natural habitat in a forest, with the minimum of interference to disturb the animals. It's in a town called La Fleche and is renowned for its conservation work and dedication to animal husbandry.

I had a reasonable day walking along the banks of the Loir river next to my house today. I didn't have my SLR with me, only my small Sony 7MP compact camera, as I'm here on a hand luggage only two day visit home. The light was pretty poor, but I'm reasonably pleased with the end results, even if a couple of shots needed some tweaks to make them palatable.

Take care,


Dan Felstead said...

I visited your flikr shots and again I like the muted colors, especially the Fanning Tree. Each time you speak of France, I am still eating my heart out...I was a French major and love that country..although after 30+ years, I have forgotten more than I knew.


J Cosmo Newbery said...

Amazing emotion in his face.