I have written about walking the Lagoa so many times I wonder why I do it again, except that there is always a new way of looking at this 7.5km hike/bike trail. This time I wanted to show the variety of trees.
When the Lagoa was made into a parque (park) it was landscaped with trees from Brasil, not ones necessarily native to Rio. There are palms, of course, and coconut and then hundreds of others which I do not know the names. I just know that each time I walk around the Lagoa I am pleased by one or the other because of the flowers, or the color or the leaves, or seed - I am just pleased.
The trees frame the lake, ease the blue of the sky and water with greens and browns and texture. They sway - seeming to bend towards the water and give shade and a glimpse of birds, and boats, and divide you from other walkers, adding a sense of peace and privacy.