“Slash and Burn.”

Controlling the fire in Slash and Burn agriculture, Central Brazil
People from the Karajá tribe use Slash and Burn agriculture near the Araguaia River in Central Brazil.
Here a girl has fun controlling the fire, running barefoot over the vegetation
Image Credit: Photograph by Kristiaan D’Aout/GuardianWitness
Source: Heatwaves: readers’ photos on the theme of fire | Community | The Guardian

“Cool Cat.”

A motorcycle rider carries his cat, Chiquinho, on his bike, near Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2016.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo.
Source: 2016 in Review – Features — AP Images Spotlight

“Big Skies.”

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.
See more images via Best landscape photos of 2015

“Fireworks at the Copacabana Beach.”

Photos: The week in 26 photos
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“Shadows in São Paulo.”

23mag-23onphotography-t_ca1-master1050René Burri’s original photo from São Paulo in 1960. Credit René Burri/Magnum Photos
Are they gangsters? Are they bankers?
There are certain photographs that seem to have been pulled out of the world of dreams. ‘‘Men on a Rooftop,’’ by the Swiss photographer René Burri (1933–2014), is one such picture.
The photograph, taken in São Paulo in 1960, shows four men on a rooftop, seen from the vantage point of an even higher building.
Far below them, stark in black and white, are tram lines and cars, and tiny pedestrians so perfectly matched with their long shadows that they look like miniaturized sculptures by Giacometti.
Read on via Shadows in São Paulo – The New York Times

The Weird Jabuticaba Tree.


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.
via Weirdest Tree Ever? Jabuticaba Grows Fruit Right on its Trunk – WebEcoist.