Happy Birthday Rio de Janeiro by Osmar Shineidr

Paul Keggington

January 01, 2009

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Providing a complimentary vision of January in the southern hemisphere, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity focus on  this breathtaking photo by Osmar Shineidr.

I really don’t have much to say about the picture, it’s just a representation to the immense love I have for my city, with the many aspects that makes it beautiful: the religions, our balance between the nature that is everywhere sharing its space with buildings, poverty and richness, and yet the love for the beach and the sunny days joining them all, just like if there was no difference at all, the lovely and kind people I still find here…And the amazing Christ Renderer, that, as we say here: protect us all.                                                – Osmar Shineidr

2302292969_ce0c6f8806_b.jpgPortuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos reached Guanabara Bay on January 20, 1502; hence Rio de Janeiro, “January River”. A legend is told that the mariners named the place by that name because they thought the mouth of the bay was actually the mouth of a river. No experienced sailor would make that mistake. At the time, river was the general word for any large body of water.See Flickr Site.

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