A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
OCTOBER 2007: Cormorant
In October 2007, we had a long weekend in Rio de Janeiro. This weekend included 12 October, the day of Brazil’s patron saint and therefore a national holiday. From Rio, we took the ferry boat to the other side of Guanabara Bay, to Niterói. The boat ride took about half an hour. There is a faster connection between the two cities, via a long bridge. However, during rush hours, the motorists may meet serious traffic jams on the bridge. Therefore, pedestrians, and people using public transport, prefer to make the boat ride. They can enjoy the magnificent views of the landscapes that surround the bay: skylines of the cities of Niterói and Rio de Janeiro, the mountains of Corcovado, Urca, and Pão de Açúcar. When leaving Rio de Janeiro, I noticed this water bird floating on the Guanabara Bay: a cormorant, with the Latin name Phalacrocorax brasilianus. The Brazilians call it Biguá. It floated almost invisibly among the tiny sunlit waves caused by the ferry boat.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015