Monkey Business

Busy busy weekend working both days of the weekend for the Herald. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to work two days in a row as a photojournalist, and it’s really been a reminder of how much I love the job.

So first assignment of the weekend was a trip to the zoo to photograph a rather sad-looking white-cheeked gibbon named Iggy at the Stone Zoo in Stoughton, Mass. Her particular species is critically endangered, so unfortunately, the cage is probably the best place for her.

6.13.09 -- STONEHAM, Mass. --  Iggy, a White-cheeked Gibbon, looks out from her enclusre at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., on June 13, 2009. Saturday was the opening day for Iggy, who is on loan from the Bronx Zoo via the species survival plan. The critically endngered White-cheeked Giggons are native to the evergreen forests of Vietnam and Laos, and the Stone Zoo is expected to receive a male for breeding in the next few weeks.

6.13.09 -- STONEHAM, Mass. -- Iggy, a White-cheeked Gibbon, looks out from her enclusre at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., on June 13, 2009. Saturday was the opening day for Iggy, who is on loan from the Bronx Zoo via the species survival plan. The critically endngered White-cheeked Giggons are native to the evergreen forests of Vietnam and Laos, and the Stone Zoo is expected to receive a male for breeding in the next few weeks.

6.13.09 -- STONEHAM, Mass. --  Charles Kennedy, of Malden, gets a close-up picture of Iggy, a White-cheeked Gibbon, at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., on June 13, 2009. Saturday was the opening day for Iggy, who is on loan from the Bronx Zoo via the species survival plan. The critically endngered White-cheeked Giggons are native to the evergreen forests of Vietnam and Laos, and the Stone Zoo is expected to receive a male for breeding in the next few weeks.

6.13.09 -- STONEHAM, Mass. -- Charles Kennedy, of Malden, gets a close-up picture of Iggy, a White-cheeked Gibbon, at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., on June 13, 2009. Saturday was the opening day for Iggy, who is on loan from the Bronx Zoo via the species survival plan. The critically endngered White-cheeked Giggons are native to the evergreen forests of Vietnam and Laos, and the Stone Zoo is expected to receive a male for breeding in the next few weeks.

Anyway, fun assignment. How can you not have fun at the zoo?

Started Sunday off with the Boston Firefighter’s Memorial Day service at Forest Hills Cemetery.

6.14.09 -- BOSTON -- Firefighter Robert Bullock lays a flower in memory of a fallen firefighter at 116th Boston Fire Department Memorial Service on June 14, 2009.

6.14.09 -- BOSTON -- Firefighter Robert Bullock lays a flower in memory of a fallen firefighter at 116th Boston Fire Department Memorial Service on June 14, 2009.

6.14.09 -- BOSTON -- Dept. Chief Jay Fleming salutes during the national anthem at 116th Boston Fire Department Memorial Service at Forest Hills Cemetery on June 14, 2009.

6.14.09 -- BOSTON -- Dept. Chief Jay Fleming salutes during the national anthem at 116th Boston Fire Department Memorial Service at Forest Hills Cemetery on June 14, 2009.

The rest of the day ended up ridiculously hectic, with a quick trip to the House of Blues (pictures to come later) and then a stop off in Stoughton to do a followup on a story from the day before.

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