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May 19, 2009

Photo of the Day: Safari Animals

Wildebeest-afternoon

Dream Trip 2009 is well under way! For inspiration, here's a new entry that caught our eye:

Pity the poor wildebeest. The Big Five (lion, elephant, water buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopard) are Serengeti celebrities, and safari-goers itch to fill up their memory cards with images of the elusive animals. Wildebeest? Among cognoscenti, the lowly creature, also known as the gnu, elicits a collective "meh."

But Dream Trip entrant killy discovered the beast's discreet charms, captured in the picture entitled "Wildebeest Afternoon."

"One afternoon game drive in the Serengeti we saw several wildebeest," killy writes. "I felt like they were by far the more boring and unattractive of characters. After witnessing them up close and being able to see their colors change from dull brown to luminous silver as the sun set, they endeared themselves to me. One morning as I drank my coffee from the hill at camp, I pondered their dark, constantly moving forms across the valley floor, and I realized how beautiful they are."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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