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By CaroleS
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.


Tags: General Close-up and macro Florida Gorilla Pets and captive animals

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debu 8 India
3 Jul 2013 8:27AM
Excellent capture.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
3 Jul 2013 8:34AM
A very special image Carole !! Excellent Smile
Richsr 10 91 223 England
3 Jul 2013 8:45AM
Well worth waiting for Carole
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Jul 2013 8:48AM
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.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 8:51AM
I echo the words of Ronnie.

A beautiful creature and a most beautiful image.

Regards Nathan Grin
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
3 Jul 2013 8:57AM
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

franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 9:22AM
It's an impressive portrait Carole.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
3 Jul 2013 9:53AM
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
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Jul 2013 10:13AM
Sad to see them in captivity, but it's for their own safety. A wonderful expression you have captured. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
3 Jul 2013 10:18AM
A perfect image of a 'grumpy old man' Grin You just wonder what he is thinking...

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 10:32AM
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.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 10:47AM
A wonderfully captured look and like the way he is laying Carole
lovely eyes
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Jul 2013 10:58AM
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
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
3 Jul 2013 11:14AM
Very good detail
8 10 10 England
3 Jul 2013 11:20AM
Special words with this special shot.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
3 Jul 2013 11:40AM
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
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
3 Jul 2013 11:49AM
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
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
3 Jul 2013 11:54AM
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 !!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 112 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 2:40PM
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.
dven Plus
12 25 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 2:50PM
A real stunner

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
3 Jul 2013 3:05PM
A sad expression. Thinking or dreaming of a better life in the wild maybe. Great capture.......Sandy
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Jul 2013 3:14PM
A wonderful portrait, Carole! Love it! Wink
Trev Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 5:30PM
fantastic detail and comp carole a stunner top shot Wink
3 Jul 2013 5:39PM
I can just imagine waking up to this view one Morning Carole Smile but what a great shot, well done.

John Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 5:43PM
Super eye contact Carole - a magic moment!
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 6:15PM
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
danbrann 13 636 17
3 Jul 2013 8:08PM
New boyfriend Eh? A cracking portrait Carole.
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 8:14PM
This is a gorgeous detailed capture with the eye to eye contact (even though I wish it was in the wild)
3 Jul 2013 8:53PM
Great close-up.

BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
3 Jul 2013 9:10PM
A wonderful capture of this fine ape.

5 Jul 2013 4:00PM
Fine capture Carole

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
7 Jul 2013 9:36PM
A terrific portrait of this gentle giant

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