In 1970, when I saw Co Rentmeester's photo in LIFE Magazine of the Japanese Snow Monkey, I knew I wanted to be a photographer. Somehow the incongruity of what I thought was a jungle animal in the snow was beyond belief.
I did became a photographer and I have traveled the world. But I still have not seen the Japanese Macaque Monkeys which are just seven hours from Tokyo.
Much to my chagrin I recently saw a post in THE FRAME from The Sacramento Bee that spoiled that sense of wonderment I felt as a 18 year old wannabe.
Somehow the hordes of tourists made me wonder if the mammals were going ape over all the high end digital cameras?
Photo by Koichi Kamoshida