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Happiness is........

Happiness is........
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Sexy nature, Noah's Ark, posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 18:34
Viewed: 4911
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The answer to the question is......I think so, I got a few funny looks for taking photographs at this point. But look at that grin!
Even the parents struggled to answer the question from their children, "mummy, what are they doing?"
I'll let you make your own minds up.

I personally think this is a very funny shot. I hope you do too.
This was taken at Whipsnade wildlife park.

Chimps are both arboreal and terrestrial, spending much of their daytime hours on the ground. They are quadrupedal, walking quickly on all fours with the fingers half-flexed to support the weight of the forequarters on the knuckles. They occasionally walk erect for short distances.

Chimps are agile climbers, building nests high up in trees to rest in during midday and sleep in at night. They construct new nests in minutes by bending branches, intertwining them to form a platform and lining the edges with twigs. In some areas chimps make nests on the ground.

Chimps are diurnal (but often active on moonlit nights) and begin their activities at dawn. After descending from their night nests they hungrily feed on fruits, their principal diet, and on leaves, buds and blossoms. After a while their feeding becomes more selective, and they will choose only the ripest fruit. They usually pick fruit with their hands, but they eat berries and seeds directly off the stem with their lips. Their diet consists of up to 80 different plant foods.

Caring for the Young
The female chimp has an estrus cycle of about 34 to 35 days. While in heat, the bare skin on her bottom becomes pink and swollen, and she may mate with several males. She normally gives birth to just one baby, which clings tightly to her breast and, like a human baby, develops rather slowly. An infant can sit up at 5 months and stand with support at 6 months. It is still suckled and sleeps with its mother until about 3 years of age, finally becoming independent and separating from her at about 4 years. Sexual maturity is reached between 8 and 10 years.

Chimps are among the noisiest of all wild animals and use a complicated system of sounds to communicate with each other. A loud "wraaa" call, which can be heard more than a mile away, warns of something unusual or disturbing. They hoot "hoo-hoo-hoo," scream, grunt and drum on hollow trees with the flat of their hands, sometimes for hours.

Chimps touch each other a great deal and may kiss when they meet. They also hold hands and groom each other. An adult chimp often has a special "friend" or companion with which it spends a lot of time. Female chimps give their young a great deal of attention and help each other with babysitting chores. Older chimps in the group are usually quite patient with energetic youngsters.

Notes from www.outtoafrica.nl

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He certainly looks like he is enjoying the process.....what ever it is..Nice capture..

Grooming of other members of the group is a very important bonding a status forming practice. it is important for their mental well being as it releives stress and other tensions from daily life, it also in the wild gets rid of bugs and parasites that can cause problems. You can get a simular effect from stroking your family pet. in fact it has been proved tat when dogs or cats are taken into hospitals and patients allowed to stroke them they do show signs of lower blood pressure and general better feeling.
The image is well capture for a Zoo shot no distracting BgG just the subject and a good set of notes TFS

  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-20 21:56]

This would make a great poster.
Excelent capture and at the right momment.
Well done.

Points tomorrow

5 star humour ! I havent laughed like this in a while ! Well done , both of you ...

This is great Alan!
One of the best photo of Chimps I've ever seen ;-)
Everything is perfect.
Very well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-21 4:00]

Superb shot Alan!
DOF,details and sharpness are very good.
I liked the composition very much.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-21 6:13]

Haha! This is the most hilarious shot I've seen so far. :) You've got a very, very dirty mind Alan as I am sure these monkeys are doing nothing scandalous. :) Very good details, exposure, colors and POV. Excellent DOF and composition. Great picture. :)

Alan, What a great fun photo! Really got a chuckle outta this one..I think the competiton calls this a "Kodak Moment"! ;-)
Great shot, great fun - Thanx!!

Superb composition and funny pose!
Nothing to say,wonderful shot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-21 15:19]

Alan, a very nice shot with excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

Colors are great too.


I have a bit of a twisted mind, so i added this to the "sexy nature" theme :D

Fantastic Shot, great moment you captured :) Love the grin on the guy's face ;)


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-21 17:52]

What a grin on his face. I think it's funny too. Wonderful capture.
Regards Toni

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-22 3:50]

Belle et intéressante photo de nos parents proches ;-) Ils sont dans une pose vraiment amusante. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Nice & well done Alan !

Very nice composition, great pose and good details.
Well done.

XXX! LOL! That face alone is worth 10 out of 10, Alan! I like the softness of the shot. The orange peel is a good contrast. And yes, my face is red!

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