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