Rio de Janeiro -- Excursion north of Cape Frio -- Great Evaporation -- Slavery -- Botofogo Bay -- Terrestrial Planariae -- Clouds on the Corcovado -- Heavy Rain -- Musical Frogs -- Phosphorescent Insects -- Elater, springing powers of -- Blue Haze -- Noise made by a Butterfly -- Entomology -- Ants -- Wasp killing a Spider -- Parasitical Spider -- Artifices of an Epeira -- Gregarious Spider -- Spider with an unsymmetrical Web.
The house in which I lived was seated close beneath the well-known mountain of the Corcovado. It has been remarked, with much truth, that abruptly conical hills are characteristic of the formation which Humboldt designates as gneiss-granite.
I was often interested by watching the clouds, which, rolling in from seaward, formed a bank just beneath the highest point of the Corcovado. This mountain, like most others, when thus partly veiled, appeared to rise to a far prouder elevation than its real height of 2300 feet.
As this storm passed over the forests which surround the Corcovado, the sound produced by the drops pattering on the countless multitude of leaves was very remarkable, it could be heard at the distance of a quarter of a mile, and was like the rushing of a great body of water.
The 360-degree view of Copacabana, yacht-filled Guanabara Bay and Centro is looked over by Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado
The victims were all staying at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo in the Brazilian seaside city famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Mount Corcovado
Visible from almost every part of the city, the religious icon stands, arms outstretched, on top of Corcovado
, a mountain inside the Parque Nacional da Tijuca.
Attractions include the white-sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema; the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado
Mountain; Tijuca Forest, an urban rain forest; Sugarloaf Mountain, the nearly 1,300 ft landmark at the entrance of Guanabara Bay; and Carnival, the festive four-day annual celebrations of music and dance.
If you're not on a high from all the partying, you soon will be after taking a cable car to the peak of Pao de Acucar or the steep cog train to embrace the panoramic views below the Corcovado
's outstretched arms.
Famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado
mountain (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World), Sugarloaf Mountain cable car, etc.
Brazil (not cited by Moran & Labiak 2017): Espirito Santo, Santa Barbara de Caparao, 5 Dec 1929, Mexia 4093a (UC); Minas Gerais, Vifosa, 22 Jul 1930, Mexia 4892 (B, P, S, UC); Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado
, Apr 1913, Brade 6461 (UC); Itatiaia, Apr 1913, Brade 6461 (UC); Itatiaia, 4-10 Jun 1913, Brak (Brade?) 6461 (S); Itatiaia, 23 Jul 1902, Dusen 743 (S); Tijuca, 3 Sep 1904, Dusen 5144 (S); Rio de Janeiro, Gaudichaud 2a (F); Rio de Janeiro, Gaudichaud 20 (P); Nova Friburgo, 22 Sep 1947, Leite 4204 (F); Organ mountains, Jul.