IMAGES FROM MARCH 29, 2002:
information on Morro Reuter-RS:
information on Nova Petrópolis-RS:
information on Canela-RS: see site NUTEP/UFRGS
- Images of the light procession called
"Senhor Morto" (Dead Lord):
The "Senhor Morto" procession
is an 80-year old tradition in the city that happens on Good Friday,
which is a holy day for followers of the catholic religion and other
Christian religions, which makes up the majority of the local population
as well as in Brazil as a whole.
This year, 5 floats were used with four "steps of Passion".
The firs float carried the ECCE HOMO, an
image of Good Jesus tied to a column, a reminder of him receiving whip
The second float carried an image of the
Lord of the Steps, which is Jesus with the cross on His back who falls
with the weight of the beam and of the sins of humanity.
The third float represented Calvary, with
images of Jesus Crucified. The
golden crown at the top of the cross was a reminder that Jesus' kingdom
is not of this world and the skull at the foot of the cross represented
Adam who, according to a legend, was buried at Mount Calvary.
The fourth float carried the traditional
image of the Dead Lord, a reminder that Jesus passed through death in
order to rise from the dead on the third day.
The fifth float carried a small fragment
of the cross of Jesus, which is exposed for veneration at the Church of
the Holy Cross in Rome.
Each float was followed by the respective
brotherhood. The floats and
respective brotherhoods were followed by the women, and at the end, the
The idea of processions came from Spain
where since the XII century magnificent processions
have been held
The friars wore clothes to remember the
penitent monks of the Middle Ages who went to the streets with hoods
over their heads and tattered clothing over their body in sign of
In total, around 300 men with torches,
drums, and rods were a reminder of the soldiers that took hold of Jesus
and crucified him. The wind
instruments were in remembrance of the weeping of the daughters of
Jerusalem. The women also
participated in the procession, coming with black clothing and with
their heads covered with a veil.
information on Gramado-RS:
IMAGES FROM MARCH 23 and 24, 2002:
CAMBARÁ DO SUL-RS:
Images from "Aparados da Serra" National Park:
The prowl of a "graxaim" (a wild dog) around the camp: 1
Canyon – "Serra
Geral" National Park
Fortaleza Canyon, located in the "Serra Geral" National Park (PNSG)
is one of the most beautiful scenery of Rio Grande do Sul.
PNSG is a
Biological Reserve created to defend the last areas of the "Mata
about 17,300 ha, PNSG is located close to the "Aparados da
Serra" Park in the Northeast region of Rio Grande do Sul and
Southeast of Santa Catarina.
Famous for its
scenic beauty and breath-taking views, PNSG has several canyons,
Fortaleza, Malacara, and Churriado being the best known.
Beyond the canyons, the location is an important preservation
area of native grass fields, marshes, fields of Brazilian Pine, and
several species of animals such as wolf, puma, wild cat, hedgehog,
opossum, jupati, monkeys, wild dog, armadillo, hawk-duck, pega-macaco
hawk, gray eagle, blue crow, purple-breasted parrot, curucaca, and
others. The park is also an
ideal environment for rare species of orchids and bromeliaceous plants.
Fortaleza is the longest of the canyons, being about 8 km in length.
At some points, its slopes reach 800 meters deep.
At its highest point, where the fracture opens up toward the
coast of the State of Santa Catarina, it is possible to see the Torres
beach 30-km away. The
canyon received its name Fortaleza or Fort due to the land formations
carved in such a way that looks like fort walls having bridges and
Despite the lack of structure, it is permitted to camp in some areas of the Fortaleza and explore the region without the necessity of a guide. The most visited points of the canyon are the Rock of the Secret and "Tigre" Falls.
of the Secret is a monolithic block five meters high supported by a
Preto" Falls forms the most beautiful waterfall of the group of
cascades that can be seen at a rare view.
The rocks allow you to go into the middle of the water.
Credit for the images and
presentation of the Fortaleza Canyon: Lilian Piraine Laranja, who
receives a scholarship from CNPq and is a member of the Navi-EA-UFRGS
information on Cambará do Sul-RS:
Images of the Vineyard Valley:
Information on Bento Gonçalves-RS:
MONTE BELO DO SUL-RS:
city is very small. It
became administratively independent in 1992 but maintains the feeling of
a typical Italian colony where everyone knows everybody else.
Our visit caused somewhat of an uproar in the population who
spends their Sundays on the central square and in the bars and taverns: 1, 2,
(view of Bento
Gonçalves, from Monte Belo do Sul)
information on Monte Belo do Sul-RS:
IMAGES FROM MARCH 23, 2002:
17th, 2002 Images
Bucolic and vivid ride of a humble family in a cart, on Ipiranga Avenue
in a calm Sunday morning:
Planetário Village, urbanized in 1989-1990, in the “center” of a
middle class area, generating a strong political and ideological debate:
Sunday at Redenção Park (notice the blooming silk-cotton trees):
March 16th, 2002 Images
Bom Princípio is known as the "strawberry land”, but it is also the capital of the enameled tiles, a land of ceramics and furniture manufacturing and a land with a strong, vivid and colorful nature. Check these beautiful images:
1 shows the house where, until the middle of the seventies, there was
the grocery store of "dona Alféria", who was a well-known and
beloved person in the region due to her leadership, her ideals and her
active participation in social and cultural events of the former Bom
Presently, at the house, there is a ballet school for children and, at the back, a floriculture.
b) Bela Vista location, the land of the mother of enameled tile factory named Cerâmica Vogel, which originated a true “family” of the "Vogel" brand (in German “Vogel” means bird). The products of these companies are represented in hundreds of municipalities of RS, other Brazilian states and also in some foreign countries, including the United States: Cláudio Vogel, João Vogel and Marlene Vogel: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
is worth to observe the lilac of the silk-cotton tree flowers in the
woods on the river margins. The literature tells us that originally
these trees spread from the north of Brazil up to Santa Catarina. Thus
we must ask: Who has planted them in this wood on the hill slopes, a
location not proper for the crops and native?
(image 6) is in honor of Saint Luis, and it was in the former little
chapel that, in January of 1868, Lamberto Versteg came for a Kerb
mess and his family was kidnapped by natives who were camped at the
bottom of Canasta Hill, in São
impressive story was told in the book "As Vítimas do Bugre",
written in 1924 by the clergyman Matias José Gansweidt, from real
depositions of Lamberto, and his fellow citizens. In 1996, several
hundreds of descendants of the family have gathered in the location of
Desvio Blauth, in Carlos Barbosa-RS, and after in the headquarters of São
Vendelino, came from several States of Brazil; as well from other near
countries for where they migrated. The highest number of Lamberto
Versteg descendants was living in Arabutã, in the state of Santa
image shows an old store that has a high historical value and was built
in 1898; through this route of Bela Vista we could reach a near location
of Escadinhas and a little farther, Feliz village.
c) new bridge over Caí river; the community is anxiously expecting the definition of the new doubling project, cutting or contouring the city, and that will free, tranquilize and reduce the number of accidents within the urban area: 1
=> Other information on Bom Princípio-RS: see on the site NUTEP/UFRGS
Guaíba Lake, one Sunday morning:
- Flowers from the silk-cotton tree.
Its official name is "chorisia speciosa", native to
Brazil. Its flowers are
white and diverse tons of rose and lilac:
magnificent contrast of colors formed by scarlet red of the garden
flowers and the celestial blue of the firmament, during a summer day of