Close Encounters

Close Encounters

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A kid has a mind meld with an orangutan at the Louisville Zoo. And yes, there is some real sadness in this photo. The great ape just sat at the glass looking into the viewing area in the zoo. Marian said, “He’s at the zoo. He’s watching us.” His eyes were full of intelligence. The scene raised questions in my mind about why one species is behind the glass and another is not. I particularly like the way the boy’s reflection works in the photograph. To me it suggests that we need to do a better job of seeing ourselves in other species, especially the more intelligent ones like the orangutan.

Photo was done with the Nikon D7000 using the Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens.

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