A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
MARCH 2008: Big leaf
One of my favorite locations in Rio is the Botanical Garden. This city garden, located between Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Tijuca Forest , houses a vast collection of tropical flowers, plants, herbs, shrubs, and trees. Typical for this botanical garden are the imperial palms in a long, double row that were originally planted along the way from the garden to the Guanabara Bay. Today, only the palm trees in the garden, and along an avenue in Botafogo still remain. From the botanical garden, the Corcovado Peak – with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top – is clearly visible. From the neighboring Lages Park, a trail can be followed, to the Corcovado Peak. The botanical garden is a perfect site for taking amazing pictures. Not only of entire trees and plants, but also close ups. Like I took this photo of a leaf from a Philodendron species. The recently raked reddish brown earth under this leaf reminds me of a big nut.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016