Best Animals of 2011

Cow in a religious tchotchke shop -- pinch-hitting for bull in a china shop

As a tribute to the end of 2011, I would like to share my favorite animals of the year.  Now that I am living in a remote mountain area, monkeys have become the creaturely linchpin that I interact with on a daily basis.  They really know how to flashmob a place.  (See below photo, taken from my kitchen window.)

Note especially the small leaping monkey in the middle right -- trying to do some kung fu on his friend

I regularly come home to a bevy… no…  gaggle?  gang?  band?  pack??  troop???  Anyone?  Anyway, I often come home to a whole mess of monkeys on my front porch, such that I cannot even make it to the front door.  They love to take over a place and act like it’s theirs for the ransacking.  And, boy, do they know how to ransack a place.  They have several times gotten into my art room and left a mess for me to clean up, sometimes even pooping on the tables.  (Thanks, monkeys!)

You may recognize the funniest monkey ever in the background of this one!

Once a friend and I came back from a walk, opened the front door of her house, and found a large monkey — sitting on the couch!  And the expression on his face — swear to God — was like, “What are you doing here?”  As if we were rudely interrupting him.

Poor work elephant of Angkor Wat

Anyway, here’s to the animals!  May they live long and prosper.  After all, it is their house, too!

Nice author pose for your book's jacket

Happy Monkey New Year!

About rebeccalayton

I am an artist traveling and studying in India and Southeast Asia. You can see some of my artwork at
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1 Response to Best Animals of 2011

  1. Thats beautiful Rebecca!- but what a cultural shift- i trust youre doing well-

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