I'm not sure what this ape was thinking as he sat in lush grass. It looks like he was contemplating something. And I really liked the position of his hands and their interesting appearance. That's what caught my attention and caused to fire off a few shots. Side note: This ape is a Siamang Gibbon, from the forests of Southeast Asia, who now happens to live at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. This species is known for its ability to swing through the trees with speed and agility. Looking at his oversized hands and fingers, perfect for gripping, it's easy to see why. (Click on the photo to view a larger file.)
I tried to capture the range of emotions this orangutan showed on this particular afternoon. Here, he looked so sad for a few moments, and it really made me feel empathy for him. I think he was just fine, though, because just minutes earlier he was swinging and playing and having fun, as you can see in my previous posts.
I recently went to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, and it was such a great day of shooting and marveling at the animals. My favorites were the primates because they can act so much like humans. Sometimes they seem to love attention. I wonder what they would say if they could talk. So to kick off a series of photos over the coming days, I will start with a shot of an orangutan. I'll post more shots of this orangutan and other animals soon, so stay tuned! I'm excited to share the pictures with you, and I hope you enjoy them, and as always, thoughts and feedback are appreciated.