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Only Nature Can!!!

By SteveMoulding    
Only nature can devise a colour scheme like that of the colourful Mandrill.
Endangered monkeys from Africa, Mandrills are one of the largest species of monkey in the world. Their furry head crests, manes, and beards are quite impressive, but what will really get your attention is their bright colouration. They have thick nose ridges that are purple and blue, their nose tips and lips are red, and their beards are golden.
The adult male Mandrills that have the brightest and most distinctive reds, blues, lavenders, and golds on their faces and fur, are thought to be most attractive to females.
Adult females have duller colours and longer muzzles. They are also much smaller, about half the size of the adult males.
Here we see a large male with one of his females, notice the size difference.

Grateful thanks for all the C&C's on my last upload of the Cougar and especially to 'Poochie' for his 'Guest Editors Award'. The first time I have received such an award, so I feel over the moon. I am slowly on the mend and hopefully will get out soon. Thanks for all your kind wishes.
Take care and have a good week.

Tags: Primate Monkey Mandrill Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Rare and endangered

Voters: Imagephotographics, franken, Image123 and 80 more

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15 Mar 2010 11:45AM
Great shot Steve !

franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 11:54AM
Stunning image.

15 Mar 2010 11:57AM
nice shot
GMKhamish 12 1 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 12:04PM
Interestingly different, super colours.
Zoundz 11 25 1 Ireland
15 Mar 2010 12:05PM
Great shot, I love the presentation, and the write up is fascinating (I love Mandrill) - however, what a shame that the one in front is slightly blurred, if it had been as crisp as the one behind, I think this would have been one of my favourite shots of all time! It's a fantastic pose between them both as it is, and incredible colour caught. Exposure and detail - especially on the back one are fantastic! Smile

Well done, I love it.

15 Mar 2010 12:20PM
great write up and the shot is spot on great colours detail is brill all
brill photo
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 12:21PM
I love this image! superbly captured, with the one in front just 'passing by' for a little extra action
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 12:47PM
fantastic colours cracking detail steve a brilliant capture nice one Wink
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 12:58PM

fraser 16 631 14 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 12:59PM
Lovely image and great expression on the face of the male. As has been said it's a shame the female is out of focus.
15 Mar 2010 1:02PM
awesome shot
Glyn1 11 4 1 England
15 Mar 2010 1:04PM
Very interesting narative, great shot.

15 Mar 2010 1:11PM
A great photo of these interesting primates. Thanks for sharing. Glad you're feeling better!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
15 Mar 2010 1:22PM
Lovely capture. A tender moment in the life of two monkeys. Love it..........Sandy
User_Removed 11 80 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 1:52PM
Wonderful capture
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
15 Mar 2010 1:55PM
Such fantastic colors in this awesome capture Steve.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 1:55PM
Richsr 13 91 223 England
15 Mar 2010 2:24PM
Amazing colours in this - good work.
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 2:24PM
Great shot of these extraordinary looking primates, Steve. I am not so concerned about the female being slightly out of focus, because I feel your eye travels immediately to the bigger male anyway and he is nice and sharp. Nice bit of work. Your accompanying narrative is both interesting and informative, so thank you for that too.
(PS. Good to hear you're feeling on the mend. R.)
Jekaro 11 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 3:47PM
A cracking shot, Steve, they do have an amazing colour scheme.
15 Mar 2010 3:52PM
super detail cracking image
gerrymac 13 10 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 4:32PM
Excellent comp and colour

15 Mar 2010 4:47PM
Great shot - fine detail - and a most interesting and welcome write up - good to learn as well as delight in the images.
colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 4:58PM
Wonderful detail and capture here of these oh so colourful animals, well done on the GEA , deserved ! Colin
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 5:28PM
Lovely detail on the rear mandril - lovely image.
goso 14 2 1 Australia
15 Mar 2010 6:07PM
Wonderful animals, and a grand image, with writeup Steve - get well soon too !...Bill
Rock 18 10 2 England
15 Mar 2010 6:33PM
Great shot with superb colour.

Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 6:58PM
Love the shot and info, thanks Steve.
norton 16 2 6 Jersey
15 Mar 2010 7:57PM
Superb colours Steve,great shot,well captured.................

VidB 11 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:22PM
Great colours and write up, well done Steve
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 8:30PM
A wonderful capture Steve.
Roly 13 Wales
15 Mar 2010 9:16PM
Super shot and write up.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
15 Mar 2010 9:32PM
Very well shot, Steve.

dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
15 Mar 2010 9:33PM
outstanding !
wideangler 11 8 Wales
15 Mar 2010 9:54PM
redshank 11 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 10:02PM
Wonderfully captured image Steve.
Ray42 12 3 England
16 Mar 2010 7:44AM
A great capture - nice and sharp and good comp and colours too - and a good bonus of an informative write up - Enjoyed the large view very much
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 9:16AM
Fab. capture
And thanks for the info.
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
16 Mar 2010 9:35AM
excellent shot
clicknimagine Plus
10 689 101 India
16 Mar 2010 11:09AM
such a fantastic shot, lovely colors...
metro074 10 8 Australia
16 Mar 2010 12:36PM
Exellent capture. The detail is superb! Well done Smile
16 Mar 2010 3:29PM
Brilliant imag and interesting info.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
16 Mar 2010 4:05PM
Amazingly coloured/patterned creatures. A super capture.
AshTree 11 1.7k 6 England
16 Mar 2010 7:56PM
What a lovely image and such a very interesting write up to go with it - I didn't even know that the Mandrill was the largest monkey in the world, so thanks for the education! Such exotic looking creatures, almost too bizarre to be real. Well caught.

fatmod 14 22 England
20 Mar 2010 10:31PM
superb colour and detail
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
21 Mar 2010 6:39PM
these are such beautifully coloured animals.i think zoundz has summed this up well.lesley

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