Dian Fossey - the Californian zoologist who became the world's leading authority on the mountain gorilla - left a formidable legacy when she was; tragically murdered in 1985. Her resting place, high up in the rain forest, is visited regularly by those that want to pay homage to her life. Fossey's; famous book 'Gorillas in the Mist' chronicled her research and conservation work that helped to reduce the downward population trend in; mountain gorillas, ultimately saving them from extinction.; Her grave is a two and a half hour walk straight uphill from the little mountain village of Bisate on the edge of the National Park and over the; years a well-trodden path has taken shape in what is otherwise a dense and fairly impenetrable rainforest.; In all my times trekking through the forest in search of gorillas, I have never had the fortune to be able to use this path to access the gorillas - as; quite simply it was too far from the location of any particular troop to be of use. But on this occasion during Covid 19 we were working tightly; with the rangers - who advised us that the Umubano Group were near the Fossey trail.; It certainly helped the trek to use the path, but far better than that, it transpired that a large Silverback from the Umubano Group - Bunyenyeri, 21; years old - was coming down the mountain on the same Fossey path and we met at 10,000 feet.; It was as good an encounter in open space that I can remember and he just stood on a ridge on the path and stared down at me. It was a glimpse, a; moment in time and thankfully one that I was able to record.; Maybe he had gone to pay his homage to Dian Fossey, we will never know, but we decided to call this photograph The Pilgrim. 180.3 × 241.3, Contact for price; 132.1 × 172.7, Contact for price
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Isabella Garrucho Fine Art is an art gallery based in Greenwood. It offers a great selection of artworks for sale by many emerging and established artists.