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Jasper Doest. Young Japanese Macaques.

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In winter, Japanese macaques in the Joshin’etsukogen National Park, on the island of Honshu, congregate in the hot-spring pools, to stay warm and to socialize. The colder it gets in the mountains, the more of them head for the pools.

On this particular day I found about 30 macaques enjoying a steamy soak, their heads covered in fresh snow. The warm water has a very relaxing effect on the monkeys, and most of them were asleep. I watched with delight as this youngster became increasingly drowsy and eventually closed its eyes. It’s such an honor when an animal trusts you enough to fall asleep in front of you. I used a close-up shot to capture the moment of tranquillity and to emphasize the human likeness.

Dutch photographer Jasper Doest creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humankind and nature and is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine. Learn more about Jasper Doest