Lost in Thought
|Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb)
|Date Taken: 2007-07-26|
|Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Theme(s): Monkeys [view contributor(s)]|
|Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 12:51|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This picture was taken near the edge of the cliffs where the gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada - thus NOT true baboons) spend their nights sleeping away from predators. They rise from these cliffs, which in this case delineate Ethiopia's central highlands (altitude ~3,500m at this location) from the lowlands in the valley's maw, each morning and spend a time grooming, resting, or playing with other members of their family group. This is a picture of a juvenile sitting in a Heather (Erica sp.) thicket staring off into space. Geladas are highly social primates whose lives are dominated by a complex social hierarchy that is defined mostly by birth (for females) and intimidation (males). Each family unit is comprised of an adult male who solely reproduces with his harem of females (usually ranges from 2-7 but can vary). Their children and sometimes other adult males (called follower males who do not sexually interact with the group's adult females) make up the rest of the family unit. Several family units range together to make up a band which can consist of several hundred individuals. Unlike many other primates, geladas will not defend their food territories and instead sometimes temporarily join with other bands to form large herds that, in some locations, have reached numbers around 1,200 individuals.|
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Wonderfully intimate artistic shot. I'm surprised nobody has been in to critique it yet.