Rio is a soccer (futebol) city. This whole country goes crazy whether it is during local or international tournaments. They yell and scream, cheer and dance when the favorite team wins. Little boys learn the foot skills necessary to play even as they learn to walk. There are informal games played on every beach and formal ones in every little town along the road. Do you know I do not have even one photo of a soccer match – if the words get out I will be banned from this country.
I have photos of swimmers, skaters and rowers, fishermen and bikers
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Today Camillo and I live in the Serra do Mar (mountain range of the sea), in a reserve of the Atlantic forest (Mata Atlantica) that encompasses the city of Nova Friburgo and its surrounding metropolitan area. I have written and shown photos of the trees in our part of the forest both for spring and for the fall & winter colors many times, so for this week's shoot-out I have tried to find a few new ones for you to enjoy.
Our garden – the area that surrounds the house - is mostly pine trees which are not native to this area. They line the properties and fill the gardens but I have never seen them in the actual forest. There you see banana trees, beautiful puffy clusters of bamboo, deep purple quaresmeira, silver topped Embaúva- preta. There are also - bright yellow or pink ipē-da-serra, and the common Embaúva soaring tall, straight, elegantly above the forest.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
(Please email me with ONE favorite from this week’s MYTownFriday Shoot-out so I can do the spotlight photos on Monday when back in Rio…. this week all help is especially appreciated.)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Between the first of April and tax day is the peak wild flower season in Texas. The best time for driving the highways here varies from year to year but the first part of April is the standard. This year our drive to Dallas on the 8th was good and after four days of warm sunshine the drive home on the GLORIOUS.
Our (Texan’s) beautiful highways are the direct result of Lady Bird Johnson’s efforts on The Beautification Act of 1965. She is called the environmental first lady because of her longstanding interest in keeping America beautiful. It is because of her love of native plants, wild flowers that Texas began allowing the native flowers to spread across the highway landscape. Now the hills become purple with the fields of Bluebonnets. And if you are really lucky you will pass by a field with bluebonnets mixed with Indian paintbrush or buttercups, daisies, purple poppies, and button bush. My photos are just an example – to see this beauty you have to come a drive from Houston to Austin to Bryan-College station to Dallas and back to Houston.