Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything.Henry David Thoreau
There is indeed something magical about the sound of flowing water. Whether tumbling over rocks or moving more sedately, whether young and vigorous or older and more serene, a river has the power either to exhilarate and to calm.
For Marsha’s Writers’ Quote Wednesday, belatedly, I want to simply share some favourite shots of rivers around the world, both close to home and further afield. Some are urban, some rural. Some are slow and wide, others more lively. All are, in their different ways, beautiful.
I also can’t resist including another quote. The House at Pooh Corner may be a children’s book, but as others have observed before me, it contains a lot of wisdom.
By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
I’m starting very close to home with a shot of the Thames in London. This was taken from the Golden Jubilee footbridge looking towards Waterloo Bridge and the City, one of my favourite views.
I’ve shared plenty of photos of the Tyne in Newcastle. Here’s a rather different view, looking upstream from the river’s mouth in Tynemouth.
Another iconic English city river. Here are Liverpool’s famous Three Graces and Pierhead as seen from a ferry ‘cross the Mersey.
I have to include my favourite city river, the Seine in Paris. On the left we are looking towards the Île de la Cité from the Pont des Arts. The right-hand shot is a detail of that typical Seine scene by the Pont Neuf.
Another city river, but in a very different city. This is the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea.
At sundown small boats cruise up and down the Mekong in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
My final urban river shot gives you two for the price of one! This the confluence of the Rhine (in the foreground) and the Moselle in Koblenz, Germany, as seen from the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
I’m going much further afield for another confluence. This spot near Manaus in Brazil is known as the meeting of the waters. You can clearly see the dark waters of the Rio Negro on the right flowing into the muddy waters of the Amazon on the left.
Now I’m taking you to Doura Europos in Syria and this view of the Euphrates. It was taken on our 1996 visit to the country when it was a very different place.
In this shot of the Zambezi just above Victoria Falls you can see a rainbow in the spray from the falls. My feature photo was taken in the same area, as the sun set.
These boats are drawn up at a village on an offshoot of the Gambia River in the country of the same name.
This is a much younger river, the Elwha in the Olympic National Park, Washington State.
Also younger, and also in the US, this is the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah.
My final US offering is the Snake River at Oxbow Bend in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
This is the Azusa River in Kamikochi National Park in the Japanese Alps. I took this on the morning we were leaving the park, having seen it in very different conditions the previous day.
I took this shot of the Nam Ou early in the morning, standing on the deck outside our room in a simple hotel in Nong Khiaw, Laos.
And I’ll finish with one of my favourite ever river shots, also of early morning on the Nam Ou but this time taken from a boat on the river. I’ve shared it before and I suspect may do so again!