When we visited Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, we had the chance to go into the Monkey Forest. It is a reserve set aside especially for the local monkeys. It was…uh…interesting. Just when I thought the monkeys were kind of fun, one of them would freak out and then the whole group would go nuts.
Also, if you buy a bunch of bananas, the monkeys see you as vulnerable and easy to harm. Most people buy them thinking of some romantic notion of feeding the monkeys like they’re in a National Geographic film, but it always turns out looking like an Abbott and Costello sketch. Monkeys sprinting at the unsuspecting victim, and then the victim turning and running while throwing bananas at the monkeys, hoping to keep them from attacking. As long as it’s not happening to you, it’s really funny.
This guy just wanted to hang out. His eyes are what drew me to photograph him.
As soon as I aimed the camera at it, this cat was giving me the eye. I felt like he was thinking, “What are you lookin’ at?” He watched me take his photo and then stalked me down the alley-way afterwards. It was a bit weird.
By the way, cats in Jakarta are ubiquitous, and not treated very well. It’s sad, really. Oh, and most of them are missing some, most, or all of their tails. I haven’t figured out why this is, but they are all maimed in some way. I’m not a cat person, but I feel sadness when I see them.
…therefore not a mistake.
This little guy was also at the Ragunan Zoo. He went missing in my files, just like the elephant from a few days ago.
I think my subconscious was trying to repress my memories of the day. I may have to go back through all my files from that day and see if there are any other animals lurking on my hard drive.
I don’t know how it happened. I took this photo of one of the elephants at Ragunan Zoo just over three weeks ago. Somehow, I missed this photo of an elephant. This monstrously large animal lumbered around its habitat, but I was able to shrink it down in a photo, and then it disappeared on my hard drive.
Hmm…is there a lesson in this?