It’s the holiday weekend and time to take a break from all the serious issues we have to deal with on a day to day basis.
So, for this post I’ll just give you a few pics I took a few weeks back at the North Carolina Zoo. These guys seem to have the right attitude. They are chill’n out and making the best of their situation. It’s probably a boring life from their point of view, but on the other hand, there’s no leopards sneaking up on them in the dead of night either.
I guess there’s no Chimpanzee utopia any more than there is one for us humans. Everything is a trade off.
These shots were done with my old Sony A77, and an ancient Sigma 120-400 mm lens. Shot through glass into the primate enclosure. I did remember to bring plenty of extra lens wipes to clean the finger prints and other nastiness from the glass. That helped a lot. All that’s required is to set up the tripod, focus in and wait for the shot. Better than sitting out in the hot Carolina sun.
I will repeat the standard holiday advisories, even though I know everyone has heard them before. I do this in the hope that repeated messages may sink in. The traffic will be heavy and a lot of people will be distracted by their cell phones and alcohol. I speak from personal experience when I say that even minor reduction in cognitive ability can put you in a life of death situation. Have fun, but pay attention.
The chimps have the right idea, chill out, enjoy life. Be safe.
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