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    A silverback mountain gorilla caught in a pensive moment in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x at 200 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

    Today, March 3, 2016, is World Wildlife Day. I am taking a moment to remember one of my favorite wildlife encounters: gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Being close to the gorillas and watching them in their natural environment was absolutely magical.

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    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM at 70 mm, 1/640 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

    I have just added a new gallery to my website featuring more than two dozen images of mountain gorillas that I took in Rwanda this past August. You can see the gallery by clicking on the following link: Gorillas Gallery.

    The image above is included in the new gallery and is one of my favorites. These two young gorillas entertained me and my fellow trekkers as they tussled with one another in a prolonged wrestling match. I’m afraid the expressions on their faces make it look like their interaction was a violent one, but it was in fact just good-natured play that they both seemed to enjoy thoroughly.

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    This adult male mountain gorilla (known as a silverback) sat calmly while I photographed him from close range.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x at 160 mm, 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 800

    Little did I know at the time that this gorilla, which was literally the first individual of dozens I would see over four days of trekking in Rwanda, would become one of my favorite subjects of the entire trip. He sat quietly even as one of the guides removed some obstructing vines that draped across his chest. When he wasn’t feasting on handfuls of vegetation, he would pause, and gaze at me and my fellow trekkers with those piercing eyes. It still gives me chills when I think about those moments of connection with this most sentient of creatures.

    This encounter took place in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans. The individual gorilla pictured here is one of four silverbacks belonging to the Kwitonda family.

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