Un bellísimo artículo sobre Águas de março, la obra maestra de Tom Jobim y una de mis canciones favoritas de todos los tiempos.
Jobim escribió un torrente de palabras, una vorágine de gotas de agua convertidas en palabras, un artefacto bellísimo construido con la fuerza de los vocablos, los acentos, las alocuciones, las improntas.
Just to the east of Kudiakam Pan, and south of Nxai Pan, is an impressive group of baobab trees, standing on the pioneers’ route to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. The trees are known as Baines’s Baobabs. Originally known as the Sleeping Sisters, this hardy clump of Baobabs was immortalized in paintings by artist and adventurer Thomas Baines on 22 May 1862. Baines, a resourceful self-taught naturalist, artist and cartographer, first came to Botswana in 1861, and travelled with trader and naturalist John Chapman from Namibia to Victoria Falls. He had originally been a member of David Livingstone’s expedition to the Zambezi, but was mistakenly accused of theft by Livingstone’s brother and forced to leave the party. Livingstone later realized the mistake, but never admitted it and Baines remained the subject of British ridicule.
This image was taken at sunrise and the silhouette of a man standing beside one of the trees gives you a real sense of how big these trees are.
The mummified heart is said to be that of vampire Auguste Delagrange, responsible for the deaths of more than forty people back in the 1900, a period of vampirism in the USA. When he was identified, Delagrance was hunted down by a Roman Catholic priest and a Voodoo Hougan, and was destroyed in 1912. (x)