photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Karen Kefauver | profile | all galleries >> Santa Catarina, Brazil - Whale watching at Vida Sol e Mar, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2008 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Santa Catarina, Brazil - Whale watching at Vida Sol e Mar, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2008

Spotting right whales, a 50-million-year-old species, was the highlight of my three days in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. The half-day whale watching trip was organized by my lodging, the eco-resort Vida Sol e Mar, owned and operated by an Argentine couple and their children. The resort is located on the coast, 45 minutes from Florianopolis (nicknamed Floripa), the capital of Santa Cataraina. In addition to whale watching, I took a guided day trip to Laguna and walked the white sands of the famous Praia do Rosa beach. This was an ideal way to start my trip to Brazil!
A surfer waits for his friend at Praia do Rosa Beach in Santa Catarina, Brazil
A surfer waits for his friend at Praia do Rosa Beach in Santa Catarina, Brazil
The water was too cold for swimming without a westsuit
The water was too cold for swimming without a westsuit
Rodrigo Litman's dog wishes he could windsurf, too
Rodrigo Litman's dog wishes he could windsurf, too
The wind was whipping the sail
The wind was whipping the sail
The historic district of Laguna
The historic district of Laguna
A fisherman casts his net
A fisherman casts his net
A good day will yield many catfish
A good day will yield many catfish
Fishing is a hard way to make a living
Fishing is a hard way to make a living
The wind makes Karen look like a puffin
The wind makes Karen look like a puffin
The whale watching boat is dwarfed by a huge tanker
The whale watching boat is dwarfed by a huge tanker
Biking to work is common for the fisherman
Biking to work is common for the fisherman
Our whale guide tells us about the right whale
Our whale guide tells us about the right whale
Let the whale watching begin!
Let the whale watching begin!
Here is the back of a right whale!
Here is the back of a right whale!
Right whale tale; Photo credit: Vida Sol e Mar
Right whale tale; Photo credit: Vida Sol e Mar
It's a sea wolf!
It's a "sea wolf!"
It was hard to take photos on the rocky boat
It was hard to take photos on the rocky boat
Right whale tale; Photo credit: Vida Sol e Mar
Right whale tale; Photo credit: Vida Sol e Mar
A wonderful Brazilian appetizer
A wonderful Brazilian appetizer
Rodrigo Litman entertains guests at the bar of Vida Sol e Mar resort.
Rodrigo Litman entertains guests at the bar of Vida Sol e Mar resort.
On their honeymoon, London couple Larraine and Tunu make a toast.
On their honeymoon, London couple Larraine and Tunu make a toast.
Brazilians are known for their drinks made with sugar cane.
Brazilians are known for their drinks made with sugar cane.
Motorbikes use less gas
Motorbikes use less gas
Karen, center, joins friends on whale watching trip
Karen, center, joins friends on whale watching trip
The dolphins and fisherman work together to corral fish
The dolphins and fisherman work together to corral fish
The fisherman have named each dolphin
The fisherman have named each dolphin
Rodgrigo talks to the guide
Rodgrigo talks to the guide
I admire the patience of wildlife photographers!
I admire the patience of wildlife photographers!
The dolphins and fisherman cooperate in the bay
The dolphins and fisherman cooperate in the bay
The town of Laguna pays tribute to Anita Garibaldi, one if its women heroes.
The town of Laguna pays tribute to Anita Garibaldi, one if its women heroes.
Colorful shops line the streets
Colorful shops line the streets
Cyclists ride over the cobblestones
Cyclists ride over the cobblestones
Laguna is a bustling little city
Laguna is a bustling little city
Tourists come to Laguna to see the dolphins in the bay
Tourists come to Laguna to see the dolphins in the bay
The entrance to Vida Sol e Mar promised a nice view of the ocean
The entrance to Vida Sol e Mar promised a nice view of the ocean
The swimming pool is a popular spot in the summer - December!
The swimming pool is a popular spot in the summer - December!
Claudio, who works security at Vida Sol e Mar was a 5-time national surfing champion in Brazil.
Claudio, who works security at Vida Sol e Mar was a 5-time national surfing champion in Brazil.
The eco-resort is on a hillside
The eco-resort is on a hillside
The deck next to the restaurant is an ideal spot to watch whales
The deck next to the restaurant is an ideal spot to watch whales
Praia do Rosa beach will be packed in the summer
Praia do Rosa beach will be packed in the summer
Two surfers head out to catch some waves
Two surfers head out to catch some waves
I stayed in one of Vida Sol e Mar's two-story villa with a lovely view
I stayed in one of Vida Sol e Mar's two-story villa with a lovely view
The newest villas are designed for families and groups rather than couples
The newest villas are designed for families and groups rather than couples
A swing in the hammock is ideal relaxation
A swing in the hammock is ideal relaxation
Modern furnishings make it very homey
Modern furnishings make it very homey
The sunny villa kitchen even has a washer and dryer.
The sunny villa kitchen even has a washer and dryer.
The living room is bright and cheerful
The living room is bright and cheerful
A glimpse of the master bedroom at Vida Sol e Mar
A glimpse of the master bedroom at Vida Sol e Mar