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Afternoon Snack

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 15 February 2013 in Animal & Insect.

I was visiting this temple not long ago. While taking pictures of the garden I heard a great crash and then a woman shrieking "There's a monkey! There's a monkey!" Sure enough a monkey came running out of the temple with three rice balls: one in each hand and one in its mouth. These were offerings to the Buddhist statues inside, but apparently the monkey thought the statues had had enough and it was time to share. The monkey then quickly climbed to the top of the temple roof and had a very leisurely snack. Meanwhile I was startled to see one of the monks rushing down the hallway with a gun. It turned out to be a toy guy with pellets he used to drive off the monkeys -- obviously this wasn't the first time the monkeys had visited; another monk there looked up and said, "Oh, he's the small one." But still, the sight of a Buddhist monk wielding an assault rifle has stuck in my mind.

NIKON D300 1/50 second F/8.0 ISO 280 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

1/50 second
ISO 280
52 mm (35mm equiv.)