Natural World
arrow left arrow right
photo contest slideshow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Two Face the Incoming Storm
Swiss landscape
Man at work
Passengers waiting
The Church of San Pedro de Atacama
Ready, Set? Canoe Lake Quinault
CST
Elsa the Explorer
Hong Kong
Niagra 2
Gorilla grooming, the hair stylist is in!
Niagra 2
Love Trumps Hate
Mushrooms in Long Island
Mother and child at the window in Istanbul
Lotus
Beach Scene
Stationary street performer in gold
Mount Beacon Fire Tower
Ballons De Lyon
Barn
Two locals outside Longji Rice Terrace have a chat
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Gorilla grooming, the hair stylist is in!

The mist rises. I am hoisted up in a basket by four porters since my hiking skills are not great for a hike through a potato field. I climb a rickety A-frame type barricade over the rock wall of the Volcanoes National Park. I continue by basket straight up the slopes of the Virunga Mountains to 9000 ft. Gorilla trackers appear indicating that the eight of us in our group have arrived within steps of the gorilla group, a welcome sight. Kwitonda, the silverback, sits watching over his family of 28 that are intently munching on thistle and all types of tender and not so tender greenery. I meander through the roly poly bodies chest-beating, biting, and play fighting. I come upon this group of three. I call it the salon. One gorilla, the groomer hair stylist, moistens the hairs on the heads of her "clients." She then deftly forms peaks in a row from the front of the forehead to the back of the head. I quickly photograph the gorilla Mohawk!

TAGS: Gorilla, Rwanda

photographer avatar
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Member since 2016
Photo Information
Copyright:
© Marilyn Adelman.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2016
Total Views: 24
Filed Under: Natural World
Camera Information
Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
Report This
SMITHSONIAN.COM COLLECTIONS
PHOTO LOCATION Ruhengeri, Rwanda