Hanuman Langur, Grey Langur (English) , Langur ( Hindi), Semnopithicus dussumieri ( Scientific name) are a delight for any photographer and can be seen across the Indian Subcontinent.
There are hundreds and thousands of Indian folktales which reveal the intellect and prowess of these extremely enchanting Monkeys.
Hanuman the Monkey God is revered through out the Indian Subcontinent and there are millions of mythological stories which speak of his ingenuity and ability to overcome obstacles.
The humane body language and antics of Langurs are extremely fascinating.
I had a fabulous day taking pictures of a group of Grey Langurs at the Mandor Gardens near Jodhpur , Rajasthan, India( do check two blogs MANIFICENT MANDOR and THE MANDOR LOTUSES at http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com )
Apparently there are seven species of Langurs in the Genus Semnopithicus and all inhabit the Indian Subcontinent.
I have seen the Himalayan Langur, which is much larger with a thicker fur.
This Langur wished to cross to the other side of a water channel that divides the Mandore Gardens into two parts and was photographed assessing the terrain on two legs. See the way it grasps the metallic fence and stands in a Orwellian fashion on “two legs”.
For some reason, maybe because of their larger size, The Grey Langurs scare the Rhesus Macaque ( Red faced Monkeys). They are thus increasingly used in Indian Cities like New Delhi to drive away groups of the Rhesus Macaque Monkeys.
WordPress has played tricks with this photograph as it shows the Langur jumping up whereas in fact it was jumping off a tree and was caught in flight by my camera.
The way the tail is absolutely straight is worth noting.
Showing scant respect to the cameraman this Langur saunters off showing me its rear. The lovely silvery fur glistens in the sunlight.
The manner in which the tail is held clearly indicates the species and differentiates it from those that inhabit Southern India and Sri Lanka.
The photograph is interesting as it looks as though the Black faced Monkey is balancing on ONE LEG alone. An artist in the backgroundis busy sketching the ancient Cenotaphs at the Mandore Gardens.
In a previous blog a fellow Blogger has requested me not to mention facts but pen a story as well. The fact is however the stories lie in the facts themselves.
The tales are in the Tail my friends.
I am simply peeling the Orange, it is for you to savour the fruits.However in due reverence to my readers am not revealing many facts in this blog.