Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was able to take photos of the bay, the ship yards, the Niteroi bridge, the island, houses, churches, take hundreds of photos and was content. See the submarine? The oil rig under repair? Will he fit under the Bridge?
On the island, you can rent a bike or a peddle cart, take a horse and buggy, enjoy a paddle boat, walk, run in the wind, take an eco-taxi, sit quiet by the bay – but you can’t drive a car.
I was not real enthralled by the smell of horses and fried foods, but I love that we could walk without fear of being run over by a car…. on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the best place to spend a Sunday afternoon in Rio – this little island is a 7.5.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Man’s best friend, the dog was the first domesticated animal.
Around the Friburgo area there is limited pasture land. There are small patches of cattle grazing and the horse is still used in ranching. Unlike the western USA where the ranchers now use trucks and jeeps – here horses work along side the cowboy to keep track of the small herds.
Goat’s cheese anyone? Fresh Goat’s cheese is one of the best things in Brasil, but the goats are raised inside – I’ve never seen goats grazing out in a pasture. I imagine that they do too much damage to the grasses in this area of Brasil with the shallow root systems.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
If you want an example of the splendor of the aged (besides Camillo) visit my prior blog post from October 2007 - The Jequitiba-rose tree it will be hard to beat that post with this weeks assignment.
And weathered, all of the cities in Brasil are weathered, out in the elements - unprotected, buffered by the wind or overtaken by nature - faded by the sun and darkened by the rains. A freshly painted house can look years old with dark molds or invaded by lichen within 3 months – weathered.
A pine tree, non native to these forests, covered in bright pink fungus,
and another covered with a bed of ruffle lichens,
A gate barely 20 years old, its post covered in golden lichen, its new paint pealing, weathered.
The asbestos roof of a house built in the 30s, painted and repainted and with need of yet again, weathered
The house is gone the foundation and garden left to weather.
Growth on the side of an exposed rock, weathered
A man on the street, aged.