One thing that this area of Brasil has is ROCKS – large and small rocks. While waiting in a traffic jam today I glanced out the car window, looking at the garden center’s selection of decorative ‘stuff’ and there, right in front of me were bags of little rocks. I thought, only for a second, I should park the car and take pictures. There were clear plastic sacks of odd sized white stones (rocks), bags of brown stones, and piles of river bottom stone there for the choosing. I didn’t stop. Even though they define as synonyms – we say stepping stone not stepping rock, and garden stone not garden rocks…. paving stones not paving rocks…. so stick and stones may break my bones but changing the words will never hurt me… (As you can see rocks and stones are interchangeable in my vocabulary.)Because I am going to be in Rio for the weekend – starting Friday morning - I really want to show you photos of the rock outcrops famous to the Rio skyline. Geologically these outcrops are “monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro” You can see these in any movie about Brasil, you never see movies with Sao Paulo or Brasilia in them – always Rio. Spectacular for taking photos – as I and every movie producer knows.
Taken from atop the platform of the most famous O Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) – from high above the city you can see that Copacabana sits on the ocean and is encased in ROCK. The Christ is visible from almost every barrio in Rio, except the Barra, including the lagoa and Ipanema (my stomping ground). To see him from a new location / a different angle - his presence a constant joy to look at and to photograph.
On the south end of Ipanema / Leblon is the rock formation call the two brothers (Dois Irmãos ). It is also recognizable in commercials and movies. I have seem them surrounded by fog while the rest of the city is bright sunshine (the Christ and the sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar))also have moments surrounded by clouds). One very good reason to spend at least a week here when visiting Brasil – increasing your odds of seeing for yourself all the fantastic views of the city.
From the lagoa, on the left is the Dois Irmãos and in the center Pedra Gavea (Pedra = stone). I think this gives you an idea of what ROCKs you might find in Brasil. Great topic ChefE.