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On a misty wet morning here in West Cornwall, this is an image from our hot holiday in Florida.

I have a soft spot for gorillas, really rather seeing them free in their natural habitat and perhaps I may still manage to do that one day. Crowds were in front of the dirty glass viewing the family group in Florida in a shaded corner of their enclosure, the youngster with entertaining antics, the silverback asleep with his back to the glass. When the youngster stopped to rest the other side of the male the crowds grew bored and disappeared - just me, glass and gorillasGrin The youngster disturbed the silverback and he rolled facing the glass - a lovely sleepy look - my shot of the day!

Not everyone's cup of tea I know but could not resist sharing.

Thank you all for recent CC's.

Carole

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jun 2013 - 2:56 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dreaming
Username:CaroleS CaroleS
Uploaded:3 Jul 2013 - 8:23 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Florida, General, Gorilla, Pets / captive animals
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debu
debu e2 Member 4debu vcard India
3 Jul 2013 - 8:27 AM

Excellent capture.
debu

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Jul 2013 - 8:34 AM

A very special image Carole !! Excellent Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:45 AM

Well worth waiting for Carole
Regards Richard

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:48 AM

I agree with your comments about animals in captivity as opposed to 'the wild', Carole: however with man and his activities encroaching on their natural habitat, it may be becoming increasingly important that some remain in captivity and for breeding purposes in order to guard against the loss of the species.
Sorry to rant on.
And what a fine capture of this lazing gorilla in excellent detail and in nice lighting: lazing but still keeping an eye, both in fact, on you.
Ronnie.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:51 AM

I echo the words of Ronnie.

A beautiful creature and a most beautiful image.

Regards Nathan Grin

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DeSilver
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3 Jul 2013 - 8:57 AM

He looks so sad but that does not detract from the image and that's a good image.
It is a pity that these majestic animals are kept in captivity but in their natural environment they really are in danger.

I think that we should put the poachers behind bars for the rest of their lives and not these creatures


David.

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franken
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3 Jul 2013 - 9:22 AM

It's an impressive portrait Carole.

Ken

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Maiwand
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3 Jul 2013 - 9:53 AM

A really well exposed and presented study of this magnificent creature Carole. I can never look at shots of this nature without wondering what thoughts lie behind the facial mask. These really are the most superb creatures.GrinGrinGrinSmileSmileWinkWink
Ron

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 10:13 AM

Sad to see them in captivity, but it's for their own safety. A wonderful expression you have captured. Carol

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WhiteRose1
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3 Jul 2013 - 10:18 AM

A perfect image of a 'grumpy old man' Grin You just wonder what he is thinking...


Dave

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LynneJoyce
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3 Jul 2013 - 10:32 AM

It is so sad, but because of poaching, the survival of many species can only be guaranteed by captive breeding. Love this shot, so natural and perfectly cropped.

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Lillian
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3 Jul 2013 - 10:47 AM

A wonderfully captured look and like the way he is laying Carole
lovely eyes
Lillian

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 10:58 AM

Excellent capture, Carole. Powerful and impressive. It's certainly my cup of tea, as I have the same soft spot for gorillas, I love them. You must have seen the film Instinct then. If not, please do, I'm sure you'll like it a lot. film

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 11:14 AM

Very good detail

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EMJAYCEE
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3 Jul 2013 - 11:20 AM

Special words with this special shot.
Joan.

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NaturesHaven
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3 Jul 2013 - 11:40 AM

They should be free and in the wild.................but humans will come along and slaughter them so they can have a nice ash tray to brag about to their friends when they have dinner parties............tally ho and all that............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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PattiW
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3 Jul 2013 - 11:49 AM

It just breaks my heart thinking of all the animals in captivity. A very sad thing what we do to animals in this so called "enlightened" society, just so very sad and as NaturesHaven stated, the alternative is sad also . . .PattiSmile

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mikbee
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3 Jul 2013 - 11:54 AM

It has really cheered me up this one Carole.
There is worse faces I can wake up in the mornings to see,other than my wifes !!
I like the addition of the straw.
Hang on,I am depressed again.
My wife has a face like a burst mattress too !!
Mike.

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Irishkate
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3 Jul 2013 - 2:40 PM

Do hope Mick's wife doesn't read these comments
or Mick might end up with a face like your gorilla!
Excellent capture of that wonderful wrinkled face with his eyes on you.
The straw adds such a lot by way of contrast.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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dven
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3 Jul 2013 - 2:50 PM

A real stunner

dven

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Daisymaye
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3 Jul 2013 - 3:05 PM

A sad expression. Thinking or dreaming of a better life in the wild maybe. Great capture.......Sandy

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TrevBatWCC
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3 Jul 2013 - 3:14 PM

A wonderful portrait, Carole! Love it! Wink
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 5:30 PM

fantastic detail and comp carole a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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lifesnapper
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3 Jul 2013 - 5:39 PM

I can just imagine waking up to this view one Morning Carole Smile but what a great shot, well done.

John Smile

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AnnChown
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3 Jul 2013 - 5:43 PM

Super eye contact Carole - a magic moment!
Ann

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Fefe
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3 Jul 2013 - 6:15 PM

There has been some great comments on EPZ images today, this being one of them....... If I dont crack on I will be here all night, I will remain neutral on this one.....
Belting image Carole
Diane

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danbrann
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3 Jul 2013 - 8:08 PM

New boyfriend Eh? A cracking portrait Carole.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:14 PM

This is a gorgeous detailed capture with the eye to eye contact (even though I wish it was in the wild)
Ju

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 - 8:53 PM

Great close-up.

P.

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 9:10 PM

A wonderful capture of this fine ape.

B.

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digital_boi
5 Jul 2013 - 4:00 PM

Fine capture Carole

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Glostopcat
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7 Jul 2013 - 9:36 PM

A terrific portrait of this gentle giant

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