Photographer's Note

In Porto de Galinhas there are some reefs near the beach. When the tide is low naturals ‘pools’ are formed on the reefs themselves and between the reefs and the beach. You can swim in these later ‘ponds’ as if you where in a real swimming pool.

On windless days the water is so calm and clear that you can see the bottom even when it is some 3 meters deep. (Even if it usually rains during the beginning of the southern hemisphere winter, the weather is warm and you can enjoy the beach all year-round)

In the ‘pools’ formed on the reefs a lot of fish get caught by the low tide and you can take a ‘jangada’ (small fishermen boats) ride, walk on the reefs and jump into the ponds where the fish are… Sometimes it is a little bit crowded (too many fish… and people), but a very nice experience anyway.

(Of course you can take your diving equipment and hire and excursion to very nice spots, there is also the possibility of renting the equipment, which may include the professor – convenient thing in the case of beginners ;-) ! )

By the side of one of the reefs, there seems to be some kind of jangada parking lot, they all gather in the same place… which makes for a great contrast of the colors of the sky, the sails, the emerald water with the hint of the rocks beneath… and a bright clean tropical sky…

Porto de Galinhas is some 60 km south of Recife, capital city of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil…

This little city has a history (and its name derived from it) of its own… but that would be another story… and photo…

Raw capture at ISO 100, converted with DPP (only conversion with ‘landscape’ profile) – Processed in Photoshop CS, contrast and USM only.

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