August 16, 2012August 16, 2012 The Cape of Storms: Baboons endure. Female baboons huddle together in the pouring rain. The adults are trying to shelter the baby, but it’s curious and very wriggly and very wet. A bit of tender grooming helps relieve the cold. The rain subsides and the group move on. The baby, clinging under mom’s belly is soaked to the skin. Come rain or shine a young baboon must still forage. Share this:FacebookTwitterLike this:Like Loading... Related
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How close are these marvelous creatures letting you get for these photos?
Good question! In this instance they were sheltering at the side of the road and i was in my car on the opposite side. Out in the field there is a recommended distance of 10 meters. I use telephoto lenses, in this case 70 – 200mm with an 2x teleconverter. I also cropped the images so they appear much closer than they actually were. They are naturally curious and fearless, which is sadly to their detriment. On the other hand it’s often hard to keep people from intruding into their space to reach out and touch them.
Wonderful tender close up photos of the kind of universal emotional interactions that should convince anyone that we are all kindred species deserving of consideration and respect!
I treasure your comment. Not much recognition is given to the emotional being of these sentient creatures. Thank you.