Saturday, February 26, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Butterflies Drinking, Bonito, Brazil

This photo was taken in May 2010 by Luis after we spent the day snorkeling down the crystal clear Rio Plata (Silver River) in Bonito, Brazil, located in the southeastern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The river is shallow with a steady current so that snorkelers can float or swim down the river without much effort and with schools of fish swimming beside them. The water is so clear and so filled with colorful fish and plants, that it is like swimming in a very long aquarium with a terrarium overhead. If you lift your head above the waterline, you can see carniverous and other exotic plants of the forest and watch the macaques, toucans and macaws dropping seeds or fruit into the water to try and catch the fish.

After four hours of snorkeling the length of the river, we scrambled out of the water onto a rocky ledge that was covered with dozens of pale green butterflies that appeared to be drinking from the pools of water created by the cracks in the rock. They didn't seem to be disturbed  at all by our presence and just kept right on with their daily butterfly acitivites.

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