Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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The clouds managed to catch the sun just right to mix brilliant pinks and violets with the somber blues and purples of the morning sky.

Taken with the beforementioned camera/monocular combo, this is an eagle perched high in a tree just before taking off.
On the third day of our tour we left Kruger National Park and headed to a nearby private game reserve. At the front gate we left our enclosed bus and took a more hearty Land Rover, specially equipped with extra seats on front and back. My seat is actually hung off the back of the large vehicle, much like Granny hung off of the back of that car they drove in the Beverly Hillbillies. Wim, our tour guide, actually sat in a seat attached to the front of the car, apparently so he can have an unobstructed view for following traks and sighting animals. The drive was long and bumpy and very fast - that Land Rover can really move. See how the road extends all the way to the horizon? We drove the entire length, and then some. Then we took a left, and drove for another long way, before getting to the lodge. That's a lot of land with nothing on it but game, trees, and us.
The last night on our tour was spent in a gorgeous lodge in the middle of a private game reserve. The lodge is set overlooking a swift river full of crocodiles and hippos, surrounded by trees full of incredibly curious (and hungry) vervet monkeys. As we lounged with our cool drinks and good food in the luxurious comfort of our wicker patio chairs, the vervet slowly crept closer and closer like assassins in the night (though, of course, it was day, and I don't think they intended to kill us). At a safe distance they settled down on the branches and banisters nearby to watch us watch them, until eventually we both got bored with the other and went on to other things.

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