Photos: Blumenau, Brazil
The town of Blumenau was founded in 1850 by German colonists led by Doctor Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau (cue John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt…). Today visitors can tour the Museu da Familia Colonia and learn about the curious founding family. The title of “family kook” clearly went to Edith Gaertner, grandniece of Dr. Blumenau and colonial cat lady. To properly commemorate the precious little lives of her precious little friends, Edith marked their graves with marble head stones and plaques bearing names like “Musch” and “Putz”. At least she had a sense of humor.
This bold capybara was shamelessly mowing down a patch of what appeared to be freshly laid grass. The town had recently suffered a severe flood and the high water levels wrought havoc on the river banks. By laying out new grass the town probably hoped to speed up the recovery process, efforts brazenly disregarded by herbivorous capybaras.
A pretty white church sits atop a hill with a commanding view over the old colonial town.
Behind it lies a church graveyard. I’m not sure what’s scarier here, the ghosts of crotchety old German souls or the dengue carrying mosquitos that have more recently joined them.