Category Archives: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro from Christ Statue Photos

Having previously posted one photo from my trip to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, here’s the rest:

Walking up to it, with two fellow traveller women:

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View to Sugar Loaf, and my favourite city scene in the world:

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View the other way, north I think:

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Another favourite city scene became the cover star of the last of the greenYgrey trilogy:

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Coati Quality (Coality) Time at Iguazo Waterfall Photos

I had a nice day at the Iguazo waterfalls in 1994, with the bonus of meeting a friendly coati. I’d previously seen properly wild ones in the Pantanal, but this one looked used to human treats:

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You can see Iguazo best from afar in Brazil, and close-up in Argentina:

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Americas Bird Photos

Ben Fogle recently joked about watching birdlife with a double meaning of women on his programme New Lives in the Wild, so it must be okay, but I have no need to do it in this blog post, as it just features birds of the flying kind.

These photos were taken in the Santa Rosa park in Costa Rica’s north-west. I think I just found out twenty-three years later it’s a white-throated magpie jay, and a cover star of the park’s speciality birds. The name reminds me that I also saw beautiful blue jays and redolent red cardinals in North America.

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These were taken in Peru’s Colca Canyon, near Arequipa, below Lima. I stayed in a village near the canyon the night before, as the condors emerge early, getting a memorable view of the night sky in all its glory from the Andean mountains with little light pollution; the village didn’t have electricity, just using candles and torches for light. I saw this bird of prey first and thought it might be a condor:

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But when the condor arrived, it was so much bigger, I knew it was the real thing:

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These photos were taken in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. The first photo features parrots, and I think the second does too.

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Prince William Human Overpopulation Concern: More Animals, More we Learn

Prince William voiced his concern about human overpopulation recently, and its effect on wildlife, following his father in 2011, and Sir David Attenborough, whose Blue Planet 2 is currently showing the wonders of the world, under the oceans. I agree with him, not because I don’t like humanity, but because I like animals, and think they have a right to life too, and that they are good for humanity: both for learning and mental health. There’s a lot more I could write about humanity and animals, but I don’t think this is the place really, and I’ll leave these photos from the Pantanal in Brazil in 1994 talk for themselves, following on from coati, capybara and monkey photos. I hope such sights and experiences will be available for future generations of humans, thrilling them as they thrilled me:

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Blue Planet II 2nd to greenYgrey3, as Sir David Attenborough is to Me, like capybara is to coati

Blue Planet II showed the sea world is fascinating, but still second to land. The same goes for the presenter, Sir David Attenborough, who’s improving with age…
but the youngster still has some way to go before rivalling me,
as proved by my self-proclaimed genius blog post title poetry,
adding another line to return to the title with another three.

Introduction Explanation

Just a little self-parody comedy intro there about Sir David Attenborough, who’s of course a legend who’s done wonders for awareness of the natural world, and also agrees with me; or I agree with him is probably more accurate, along with Rupert Murdoch; that humanity is destroying the planet and animal world with overpopulation and unnecessary waste.

Although there are lots of ingenious and beautiful creatures under the waves I still prefer the land ones, and especially the furry ones, such as cute coy coatis and cantankerous cuddly capybaras. While the Bolivian El Choro trek was independent, my time in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands was on an organised safari, arranged after crossing the border by train from Bolivia.

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Brazilian Pantanal Animals Photos

Coati living free:

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Capybara in verdant shelter:

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There were also my old friends, monkeys:

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XaW Files: Beyond Humanity has an animal welfare and environmental awareness theme, as I’ve had since my teenage years, although with different levels of importance, such as putting it to one side for most of my twenties spent travelling, before rising again in university and the advent of blogging, when I thought I may be able to do my bit for the planet, like Sir David Attenborough. It was therefore prominent for the whole of my greenYgrey decade, culminating in XaW Files:

South America Tarzan of the Apes

The greenYgrey world I created was complete:

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[In reality its Chiara Ferragni from a fresh off the press MSN article about her Blonde Salad website, hopefully showing my positivity rather than competitiveness to her demographic.]

So I escaped back into my travel history, getting back to nature, with a Tarzan recreation photo from the Pantanal in Brazil in 1994, where I saw loads of wildlife, on the eve of a David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II. It’s also a great early example of me greenYgreying!

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I had done a lot of monkeying around in South America:

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