Photographer's Note

Quixadá, a poor provincial town in the arid North-East Brazilian outback "Sertão", has a unique location. Huge monoliths are scattered across a Dalí-like surrealist landscape. The most famous ones are the chicken-shaped "Pedra da Galinha Choca" and the massive "Pedra do Cruzeiro", which arises in the middle of the town and from where this picture was taken. Note the irrigation pond in the middle (there is another large reservoir nearby), nevertheless the town frequently suffers from severe shortage of drinking water. An interesting detail is the row of new, fancy, coloured popular town houses (bottom left) which fit very well into the surronding townscape.
In spite of the very dry and hot climate (annual average 27°C) this region is a geographic highlight and definitely deserves more visitors (3 hours bus ride from Fortaleza).
This picture is a bit suboptimal since it was taken in the late morning, and it would have become much better if I had been able to take it in the late afternoon.

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