Hirwa (lucky)

So – it’s been some time since my last post. We’ve been so busy getting ready for our trip to Antarctica that I’ve had little time to get pictures ready to post.
One of our pledges is to always make sure we’ve worked through the photos on our last trip before we go on our next. This week has been dedicated to Rwanda and Uganda.
Working through my pictures a year after a trip is always fun. Sometimes I forget about some of my best frames.
This is a picture of Munyinya, the silverback of the Hirwa group in PNV, Rwanda. As I explained earlier, we stumbled upon the Hirwa group after just shy of two hours hiking across a field of stingy nettles. I certainly wasn’t prepare for the size of Munyinya, nor how he simply acknowledged our presence and went back to his life.
It’s surreal that almost a year after sitting in the bushes with Munyinya, petrified, at least until he let me know he didn’t mind if I snapped away, that I’m now sitting at home in my warm office working away on my photos of him.
Remind me to tell you the story of stripping naked about 10 minutes after this shot in front of a bunch of strangers because Munyinya led us across a fire ant nest. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he was just messing with us. The look he gave us as he slowly ate the ants for protein was priceless. I wish I had the tolerance to have continued to shoot away as I was being eaten alive.
When the guides implore you to wear your pants tucked into your socks, listen to them. Even if it’s so hot that it becomes painful, it’ll be better than a few dozen ant bites.
I miss our gorilla friends.

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