In the Brazilian mid-west, low lands along the main rivers get flooded by an abundance of waters during the rainy season. During the dry season, waters recede sharply back to river beds, leaving the land dusty and thirsty. The region where this happens is known as the Pantanal. These climate conditions create a unique ecosystem, with an impressive diversity of wildlife. Besides some tourism, cattle raising is one of the few economic activities that have adapted to the region’s cycles of floods and droughts. I grew up a few hours away from the Pantanal, in the state of Mato Grosso. I was turned on to it early by one of the people who know it and love it the best, my father, John Coningham. Here’s a short photographic essay of this place that has played such an important part in my life.

Caimans Sunning, Pantanal, Brazil

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Gavião Belo (Black Collared Hawk), Pantanal de Mato Grosso, Brazil

Lagarto Teiu, Pantanal, Brazil

Vaqueiros do Pantanal (Cowboys of the Pantanal), Brazil

Nelore Cattle, Pantanal de Mato Grosso, Brazil

Iguana in Disguise, Pantanal, Brazil

White Headed Woodpecker (I think!)

Couple of Tuiuius, Pantanal, Brazil July 2012

Huge Spider Web, Pantanal, Brazil

White Heron or Great Egret – They Are Everywhere!

Water Buffalo Having a Great Time

Family of Capybaras Enjoying a Day on the Beach

This is How you Get to School if you Live in the Pantanal

Lunch Time On Board the Desafio (Challenge)

Big Old Fig Tree Survived Many Floods, Pantanal, Brazil

Trusted Boat Captain and Guide, Pantanal, Brazil

Gavião-Preto (Black Hawk)

If you are interested in this part of Brazil you may also want to check my post on Chapada dos Guimares.

Beatriz Coningham

Beatriz Coningham

Why write about travel? Travel and exploration have always fascinated me. I marvel at history’s navigators and explorers who expanded the frontiers of the world and of human existence.

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  • Marina says:

    Great post! I love the iguanas in their natural habitat, and the picture of two birds is very artsy!

    • admin admin says:

      Thank you so much, Marina. There are so many more animals that are easily seen in this region. Plenty of opportunities for photographic safaris. One thing I did not mention in the post that I think is interesting is there is a breed of horses (shown in one of the pictures) that has adapted so well to the Pantanal that they can graze under water. Apparently the “Cavalo Pantaneiro” is the only horse breed able to do this. They are not exactly the most comfortable ride, though…

  • Wal Coningham says:

    Dear Beatrix. Loved the photos

    • admin admin says:

      Thank you, Wal. I am sure you would have enjoyed visiting this region in person. As you know, it is in the blood of the Brazilian branch of the Coningham family -:) All the very best to you.

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