Horizontal tree?! Árvore da preguiça or lazy tree in Ceará

11 Jul

We found this unique art piece, handmade by nature, on our way to Praia do Preá, one of the several beaches along the northeastern coast of Brazil.

This “horizontal tree” has been called ‘lazy tree’ or “árvore da preguiça” by the local population. Despite having its roots above ground, it’s still very much alive, and a sure stop for any tourist in search of calm beach waters and great kitesurfing winds… By the way, the native legend is that the winds were responsible for, gradually, bending the tree trunk, and making it look like it’s ‘resting’, enjoying its ‘laziness’…

the ‘lazy’ tree…

a closer look, from underneath the roots…

and, getting ready to search for more natural beauty!


Posted by on July 11, 2011 in beach, humor



12 responses to “Horizontal tree?! Árvore da preguiça or lazy tree in Ceará

  1. cocomino

    February 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Nice shot. How unique.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Totally agree! Thank you very much for checking it out! Very, very unique horizontal tree… never saw one alike… 😮


  2. foybringsjoyescritor

    February 1, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Obrigada! De onde e voce? Eu morei en Sao Paulo en 1979.
    C Foy from


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

      De Brasilia… na verdade, nasci no Rio de Janeiro, mas cresci naquela linda cidade.. Que bom que temos isto em comum! Abracos de Recife, Pernambuco! Fique à vontade para ir e vir por aqui, quando quiser!


  3. Gilly Goldsworthy

    January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    It’s a wonderful tree 🙂


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you, Gilly! Glad it’s appreciated… Thanks for stopping by and sharing your impressions! 😮


  4. Heather Dray

    July 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I’m infatuated with this tree! But also have to admit, the dune buggy at the end got my attention, too. It reminds me of something out of a Scooby Doo episode!


    • 3rd Culture Children

      July 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Great, isn’t it? loved the Scooby Doo reference! My son will be pretty happy knowing his dad “was part of a Scooby’s episode”!!!! thanks for your comments, Heather!


  5. Becky

    July 11, 2011 at 2:05 am

    That is really interesting.


    • 3rd Culture Children

      July 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

      thanks, Becky! I’ve dedicated July for some ‘time off life’, and so far, it’s been working! Love finding unique/calming images, especially during the stressful bidding season… 😮


      • Becky

        July 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

        What a great idea! Good luck with bidding!



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