October 2018 - Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro

A trip to memory lane, this one. I haven't been visiting the sand dunes around Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro State, since the early 90s so I have been wanting to go back there for a long time. The main reason was to see how the area in general was doing, if there was a lot of destruction for development or just beach use, etc. And especially to see if the population of Cattleya intermedia still existed and to what degree of destruction it was subjected to. A few things I was able to figure out, although the visit was really brief and I have forgotten exactly where the plants were. Thus, it took me quite a lot of walking on the beach and dunes, and one thing I quickly was reminded was how tiring it is to walk for miles on the sand under a very hot sun.

But the result was quite good in many ways and not in others. First of all, there was a level of degradation on the beach itself, lots of trash on the sand and this is really a shame. But I guess this is what you can expect in areas with heavy visitation by lots of people that really don't care about the environment... even if they themselves are the ones that use the beach...

Most importantly, I found that there are still nice pockets of Cattleya intermedia although their distribution area seems quite smaller than I remembered. This is likely due to the fact that housing development is "eating" the beach from the borders. But hope you enjoy the pictures below, I am just posting a series of them without further comments.
 
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