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Blue Monkey with Mouse

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Blue Monkey with Mouse
Blue Monkey with Mouse
Despite the name, these monkeys are not noticeably blue. This curious creature spotted a mouse on the ground from high on his perch.
Like a cat, he made his way down and captured the mouse, scrambling all the way back up. I watched the scene for some time, and
I left assuming the mouse was never eaten. The mouse seemed to play dead, and anytime the monkey set it down and looked away, if the
mouse twitched, the monkey pounced back on it, picked it up and actually started to pet it!
09/10 Second Place - Animals

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Patricia A. Coblentz
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    What an amazing scene to observe, Chris! Fantastic image and commentary!


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8/1/2010 8:12:01 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Outstanding, Chris. The detail is amazing.


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8/1/2010 1:33:46 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I have to think this stands a good chance of going on, Chris. The focus, especially on the face and eyes, is excellent. The lighting and diagonal placement in the frame of both the monkey and the branch make the composition very pleasing. And the mouse adds so much interest. Great job.


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8/1/2010 4:03:58 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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You know how monkeys groom each other? Well, this little guy was grooming the mouse too...did you see that? It was AWESOME and so in this incredible image you captured, Chris! WTG! :-) k


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8/1/2010 5:07:41 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Beautiful clarity and focus.


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8/1/2010 5:31:35 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Spectacular capture, Chris! Details are amazing and the expression on his face is priceless! Wonderful composition as well - the mouse completes the story and makes this very special!


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8/1/2010 9:11:33 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much!


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8/2/2010 3:20:35 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Exquisite!!!!


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8/2/2010 3:59:40 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Bob!


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8/2/2010 5:32:42 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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It almost made me want a mouse of my own to play with. lol. Superb capture.


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8/2/2010 7:44:38 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks Tamara... I don't know which I felt for, more--the terrified mouse, or the monkey who just wanted a playmate... ;)


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8/3/2010 4:11:07 AM

 
Ken Smith
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I hope the mouse escaped...I have one of them eyeing each other, like cat/mouse. Your shot is very cool...a great day!


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8/3/2010 4:55:08 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Ken! I think the mouse did escape... at least, being eaten. Poor thing could have died of fright... I read online that the monkeys eat fruits and flowers, and sometimes invertebrates... so the mouse should be safe.


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8/4/2010 4:31:08 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Great capture of this! I do hope the mouse got away--I all but edited it out of mine, But only to the point you couldn't recognize it, as I needed it for composition!


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8/13/2010 12:08:12 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Susan. According to Wikipedia, these monkeys are vegetarians, so I'm sure the mouse avoided being eaten---whether it avoided a heart attack from panic is another matter!


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8/13/2010 7:39:41 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I like everything about this capture, Chris, from the detail to the appealing expression in the monkey's eyes to the wonderful diagonal lines of the monkey's back and the branch behind him. It is my favorite of your August entries and I wish you luck with it. Also on my short list are Farmall Tractor (Chris P. just loved your desaturated selective color treatment here), Jefferson II (just beautiful and I wish you well with this new edit) and Parrot Portrait (love the full frame and bold colors). Good luck.


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9/4/2010 8:24:45 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Nikki! Fingers crossed...!


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9/5/2010 6:29:06 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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This one stands out, Chris. Sending you loads of luck for this one!

UB.


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9/13/2010 8:59:12 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, UB! I'll take it!


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9/14/2010 4:12:11 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats Chris on this awesome finalist!


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10/15/2010 10:44:51 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Thank goodness -- I was running out of accolades LOL Congratulations on the finalist, Chris, and good luck in the next round.


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10/15/2010 1:06:21 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your excellent finalist Chris, I'm so happy for you!


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10/15/2010 2:24:37 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Chris!


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10/15/2010 4:39:19 PM

 
Lynn Sapadin
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Chris

What an amazing capture...congrats on your well deserved finalist!

Lynn


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10/15/2010 8:26:26 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Every month, with our camera in hand, we go out and find what we hope will be the “winning photo.”
Those of us that don’t get recognized, just continue to search for that special image, until one day the Congratulations come pouring in from some of the best artist and friends anyone could image.
So to the Better Photo winners for the month of September, I congratulate you on a job so well done.
My very best to all of you, Merna Nobile


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10/15/2010 9:32:28 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Great to see this again and hope this gets golden this time around!

UB.


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10/16/2010 7:03:33 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Congrats on still another finalist, Chris!


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10/16/2010 7:30:54 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Wonderful to see this again- Congrats on the Finalist and hope to see it again!


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10/16/2010 1:24:07 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all! I'm particularly happy this one advanced to Finalist!


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10/17/2010 1:58:20 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your 2nd Place WINNER! 8o)


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10/17/2010 4:15:30 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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So pleased to see this a winner, Chris...congratulations!!


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10/17/2010 4:22:20 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Awesome winner, Chris!

Congratulations!


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10/17/2010 4:28:48 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Such a thrill! This is by far my favorite animal image I've captured in 5 years of photography---and I rarely photograph animals to begin with. And I took this with my least-favorite lens, so I'm happy to perhaps re-evaluate my opinion of that lens!
Thanks to Nikki M. for making my trip to Omaha (and the Doorly Zoo there, where this monkey lives) a possibility!


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10/17/2010 4:30:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Way to go, Chris -- terrific win and I'm almost as pleased as you are :) Congratulations.


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10/17/2010 4:31:20 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful details and comp Chris, congratulations on your win!


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10/17/2010 4:39:58 PM

 
Bunny Snow
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Wonderful lighting, composition, and clarity, Chris. I love the mood you captured here. Good to know that the monkey was a vegetarian with a lonely heart. Congratulations on your well deserved winner!


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10/17/2010 4:54:05 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Wonderful details in this, Chris, & great timing. Congratulations on your win!


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10/17/2010 5:46:06 PM

 
Ken Smith
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I think the playmate took this one over the top. Congrats to you, Chris!


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10/17/2010 5:47:02 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Congratulations on this Excellent Winning Image, Christopher!


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10/17/2010 5:48:42 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Wonderful to see this in the Winner's Circle, Christopher! MANY CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding Gold Winner!


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10/17/2010 7:42:48 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Big Congratulations on this excelllent winner, Chris!


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10/17/2010 7:44:34 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Wonderful to see this get the gold! Congrats again!


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10/17/2010 10:16:36 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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So happy for you Chris. This must feel like an extra special Win since this was your fave image too! HUGE CONGRATZ!

UB.


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10/17/2010 10:26:42 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Big congratulations Chris on this outstanding capture and winner!!!


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10/17/2010 11:06:41 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your superb winner Chris!


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10/17/2010 11:20:42 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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CONGRATULATIONS on your well earned Second Place Winner, Chris!


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10/18/2010 2:17:07 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much for stopping by to check this one out!


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10/18/2010 4:13:15 AM

 
Carla Capra
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Congratulations on your winning image.
;) CC


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10/18/2010 7:25:07 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Fantastic detail and composition, Chris -- congratulations on a well-deserved win!


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10/18/2010 8:30:48 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Chris, this is marvelous. And it simply had to be acknowledged with the gold button. Congratulations to you.


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10/18/2010 8:35:51 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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I'm excited to see my monthly favorite receive a golden badge!

Congratulations Chris!!


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10/18/2010 8:46:13 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Terrific win Chris! BIG BIG congrats!


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10/18/2010 11:37:34 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Way to go!! :)


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10/18/2010 2:42:41 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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WOW!!!!
Congratulations
on this Fabulous Winner!!!!

~J~


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10/18/2010 4:35:16 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Awesome winner Chris!


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10/18/2010 4:45:06 PM

 
Carol Eade
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A beautiful animal image, congratulations!


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10/18/2010 5:01:00 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all so very much for your kind words on this image!


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10/18/2010 5:51:21 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS Chris!! This is for sure a very special image and I LOVE it!! WTG :)


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10/19/2010 8:48:53 PM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Great image, Chris! Congratulations on your win!


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10/21/2010 9:22:24 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both!


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10/21/2010 9:32:06 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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Congrats, Chris! Great capture.


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11/3/2010 10:42:32 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Mick!


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11/3/2010 12:08:09 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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CONGRATULATIONS, MERNA


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1/17/2011 10:51:16 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Chris, I missed this in the past. It is a great shot. Wonderful detail in the eyes. If you start shooting animals, you will win all the awards and the rest of us will have to simply follow in your wake!


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5/13/2011 7:59:04 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Don! Coming from you, that means something, as your animals are terrific.


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5/13/2011 6:33:13 PM

 
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