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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife of Japan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-26 11:15
Viewed: 5695
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot taken on my recent trip to Japan.

The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata), also known as the Snow Monkey, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan, although an introduced free-ranging population has been living near Laredo, Texas since 1972. It is the most northern-living non-human primate. Individuals have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail. There are two subspecies of this macaque;-

Macaca fuscata fuscata

Yakushima Macaque, Macaca fuscata yakui

The Japanese Macaque is very smart. It is the only animal other than humans and raccoons that is known to wash its food before eating it. Researchers studying this species left sweet potatoes out on the beach for them to feed on, then witnessed one female taking the food down to the sea to wash the sand off it. After a while, others started to copy her behavior. This trait was then passed on from generation to generation, until eventually, all except the very oldest members of the troop were washing their food in the sea. A somewhat altered account of this incident was the basis for the "Hundredth Monkey" meme.

Also in recent studies, it has been found that the Japanese Macaque can develop different accents, like humans. It was found that macaques in areas separated by only a couple hundred miles can have very different pitches in their calls, their form of communication. The Japanese Macaque has been involved in many studies concerning neuroscience and also is used in drug testing.

It is often the subject of Buddhist myths, and is thought to be the inspiration behind the saying "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." The original carvings are on a temple at Nikko

The Japanese Macaque is classified as Data Deficient by the 2000 IUCN Red List.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-26 11:33]

Hi James. The poor monkey looks frozen with his bright red face.you have captured such fine detail in the long fur. with natural ooking colours. you did so well with the bright light of the snow. interesting notes, well done TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-26 11:36]

Hi James,
Splendid shot and a nice action moment freezed. Very interesting to find him enjoying in the snow and it seems he is wearing an overcoat. Very neat and sharp image with the red face looks awesome. Great DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

I still think it is fascinating that these were taken in Japan...I find myself wanting to ask more about it from my daughter-in-law...fascinating animals and they truly look good in snow!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-26 12:10]

Wonderful 'SnowMan'!
Great detail and pose of animal. TFS

Hello James
A perfect capture of this lovely Macaca friend!. Excellent composition and details.
TFS and Regards,


Hi James

Undoubtedly it is amazing shot. :)) Look the face, well composed and very nice exposure with very intresting information. perfect.
well done

I always love seeing these monkeys against a snowy backdrop. This is a great capture with good pose, sharpness, color and exposure. Thanks for sharing your world travels with us.

Evelynn : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-26 15:04]

Hi James.
Bella la foto, parece que este pequeño changuito tiene mucho frio. la nitidez y calidad en la foto son de alto nivel. La nota escrita es interesante.
Un saludo James.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-26 15:34]

Hi James,

What a wonderful red-faced monkey - and it's not from playing out in the snow. That's what he looks like - a kid having a great time playing in the white stuff. I love the way he stopped and posed for you. Wonderful eye contact. Great details in his face and coat which looks great with the snowflakes.


Hello James,
very well captured with a good pose with it's face towards the camera!
very good clarity of the monkey against the white snow!
many thanks for the notes

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-26 17:39]

Fantastic shot James, superb contrast between the snow and the monkey. It looks like a hairy human with a very red face from the heat of the water! Cute moment of a beautiful creature that you captured with great skills. Thank you!


Hi James,
Excellent image of this Japanese Macaque I love the detail in this, well balanced and framed, nice work mate, all the best Cheers Rick :)

I hope he is not the ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN of Japan, James :-)!
Very lively shot of this Macaque getting chilled in the snow. I guess his face is gone redder in this weather.
TFS and regards.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-26 23:29]

Hi James, very nice capture of this snow monkey. Very excellent colours and textures found on the monkey. He stands out well against that white snow.

Thanks, John

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-27 1:28]

James, It looks that the poor monkey is under freezing temp and looking for help. Very nice shot and lovely lighting. Ganesh

Hi James,
As usual excellent photo and very interesting note
Thanks for posting
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-27 2:41]

Hello James,
I think this one is about to throw a snowball at you! It is most odd to see a monkey in snow. Excellent capture of this one in a fine pose. Great sharpness and finc colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-27 3:12]

Fantastic shot of this wet little monkey.
It must be freezing!!
But, if I remember correctly from your other post of this monkey, it can just jump into one of the boiling pools to warm up! :-)
Stunning clarity and excellent sharpness.
Great eye-contact.
Very nice and intimate portrait.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-02-27 3:33]

Hi James,
What a wonderful capture of this Japanese Macaque!.POV,DOF,compo and colors are too good.



hello James

i have to say the truth, i never imagine monkeys on snow until
i saw one of your photo (the mother and the baby), what a lovely
shot i have to say again, and i am having pleasure to view it
« a monkey on the snow » WOW !

excellent luminosity of the image, geat contrast between
the monkeys colour and the background's snow,
excellent sharpness and details, lovelky eye contact with you, TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-27 11:45]

Hi James,
Beautiful photo of this Japanese macaque. Pose you captured, exposure handling, POV and composition are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-27 12:42]

Hi James!

Tell me, is there a place or a country where you have not been? It's impressive! And all these wonderful images you brought along from your trips. It's a pleasure to look at them and to learn with your notes. This posting is the perfect example of what I just said.

Kind regards


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-02-27 15:30]

Hello James,

Nice picture of this Macaque... I like the details in the fur and the snow sticking to it... The only thing is that the animal is too centered within the image to me: I would have left more space at its right... Good exposition and POV!

Great job and TFS!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-28 4:39]

Hello James, another great shot of this Macaque! Good pose and composition, perfect exposure, great sharpness and a very interresting subject! Well done my friend, thanks!


Hello James
I am pleasure returning of Japanese snow macaque. It gave a great pose to you. You capture it with great sharp focus, POV and composition. Eye caontact and its reddish face very nice. good and informative notes always. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hi James,
Great shot of this macaque in the snow. Iyt's looks like an embarassed Eskimo with that burnt red face, none the less a super capture. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 17:47]

Hello James

Excellent sharp focus and details,the texture of the fur is wonderful.
Very good exposure with well saturated colours.
The POV is very good.
Great job.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-02 6:25]

Hi James.
Wonderful reflection of the monkey feelings. Amazing pose of the animal, great reproduction of the fur and snow, cute expression of the face and very "cold" scenery. My compliments and best regards. Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-02 8:23]

Hello James,
Back from a skiing week in Austria I was curious at your new photos. Then I saw this one. What a beautiful fresh snow (and Macaque). I saw only very old snow but the skiing was good in almost tropical temperatures.
Sharpness, details, colours and composition are fantastic.

Hi James,
Oh yes, when I look at this monkey I feel cold! :) Very good title to this interesting and unusual picture. It is really nice to see that your trip to Japan was so fruitful :)
Best regards,

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