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A romantic couple embracing in the water at Copacabana beach during New Year’s celebrations in Rio de Janeiro
A motorcycle rider carries his cool cat, Chiquinho, on his motorbike, near Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
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The world is full of bizarre wonders, from flowers that look utterly alien to otherworldly landscapes and terrifying deep-sea creatures that seem to have sprung straight from your nightmares.
This particular tree might not look quite as monstrous as six-foot-tall blooms or carnivorous plants that are large enough to consume rats, but it’s certainly strange: it grows its fruit directly on its trunk.
Jabuticaba is native to the Minas Gerais and São Paulo states of southeastern Brazil, and starts off looking ordinary enough, save for the salmon-colored leaves it sprouts while it’s still young.
As it matures to fruiting age, the first sign of something unusual are the starry white blooms that appear not on its branches, as you’d expect, but on its trunk.
When uncultivated, it flowers and fruits once or twice a year, but when regularly irrigated it can produce its grape-like, thick-skinned berries year-round.
In Brazil, where it can be eaten immediately, it’s typically served fresh.
Since it starts to ferment within three days of ripening, it has to be preserved into jam, tarts, wine or liqueur to give it a longer shelf life.
Attempts to grow it commercially in North America haven’t been successful, since the climactic conditions aren’t quite right and the trees tend to grow very slowly, making it a treat you should really travel to South America to enjoy properly.
In this beautiful capture we see the sun rising in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
You can also see the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) at the mouth of Guanabara Bay.
This photo was taken from Tijuca Park. via Donatas Dabravolskas on Wikimedia Commons.
An indigenous man stands under a water fountain outside a government building during protests over territorial rights negotiations.
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Big skies: Marcio Cabral of Brazil entered this incredible vista of the Milky Way over a field of Paepalanthus flowers.
Photo credit by Marcio Cabral / International Landscape Photographer of the Year.
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