Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada,

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

Every year, the last Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are my views of these rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate the presence of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  6. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  7. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  8. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  9. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  10. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  11. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  12. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  13. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  14. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  15. Inn, in Passau, Germany
  16. Isar, in Munich, Germany
  17. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  18. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  19. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  20. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  21. Neisse, at the Germany-Poland border
  22. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  23. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  24. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  25. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  26. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  27. Singapore, in Singapore
  28. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  29. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  30. Thames, in London, England
  31. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  32. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  33. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  34. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  35. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  36. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  37. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

Alster (Hamburg, Germany)

Summer afternoon in the Hanseatic city – 26 Jun 2010

Boate (Rapallo, Italy)

Night stroll near the Boate’s mouth – 19 Jun 2008

Cam (Cambridge, England)

Punting next to Clare College (left) and King’s College Chapel – 14 Jun 2008

Capilano (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

This river watershed supplies one-third of the water supply for Metro Vancouver – 16 May 2014

Courtenay (Comox Valley, BC, Canada)

Morning light on Vancouver Island – 14 Jun 2015

Danube (Regensburg, Germany)

East from the Stone Bridge, towards Unterer Wöhrd (left) – 14 Nov 2015

Elbe (Magdeburg, Germany)

Federal state of Saxony-Anhalt: the capital city’s skyline in morning light – 3 Dec 2015

Elqui (between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile)

Dammed river reservoir to control downstream flow and supply – 9 Aug 2008

Fox (Fox Glacier, New Zealand)

River’s headwaters at Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe) – 22 Jul 2012

Fraser (Richmond, BC, Canada)

Morning light over log boom at the river’s north arm, from Iona Island Causeway – 30 Apr 2016

Gera (Erfurt, Germany)

Guadalquivir (Sevilla, Spain)

From La Giralda, the Puente del V Centenario bridge at upper right hangs over the river canal connecting Spain’s sole river-port with the Gulf of Cádiz and Atlantic Ocean – 18 May 2009

Havel (Potsdam, Germany)

Former divide between “East” Brandenburg and “West” Berlin – 8 Dec 2015

Iguazu (Argentina-Brazil border)

From the Brazilian side, across to the Argentinian side – 13 Jun 2007

Inn (Passau, Germany)

One of the rivers, in the “Three Rivers City” – 13 Dec 2012

Isar (München, Germany)

People, nature, and machinery (Heizkraftwerk Süd) – 12 Mar 2011

Loisach (Zugspitze, Germany)

From Zugspitze: north to the valley floor and the Ammergebirge mountains beyond – 9 Oct 2010

Main (Frankfurt, Germany)

Main riverbank, with the Cathedral and Eiserner Steg footbridge in the background – 3 Oct 2011

Mapocho (Santiago, Chile)

Torre Telefónica Chile towers over Plaza Baquedano with the Andes lurking behind – 22 Oct 2006

Neckar (Heidelberg, Germany)

Gathering sun on the Neckar’s green bank (Neckarwiese) – 21 May 2016

Neisse (Germany-Poland border)

Upper Lusatia (Hornja Łužica, Łużyce Górne, Oberlausitz) – 24 Apr 2015

Parramatta (Sydney, Australia)

Near Cockatoo Island, from the city-ferry heading east to Circular Quay – 14 Apr 2013

Potomac (Washington, DC, USA)

East on Arlington Memorial Bridge: Lincoln Memorial (left), Washington Monument (centre), Jefferson Memorial (right) – 8 Jan 2006

Rhine (Kestert, Germany)

Part of the “Oberrheintal” (Upper Middle Rhine Valley) UNESCO World Heritage Site – 24 May 2016

Río de La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Puente de la Mujer, in Puerto Madero – 27 Mar 2011

Saône (Lyon, France)

Passerelle du Palais de Justice (foreground) and the slopes of Croix Rousse – 13 Jun 2010

Singapore (Singapore)

Northeast from Cavenagh Bridge to Anderson Bridge – 3 Jul 2012

Spree (Berlin, Germany)

Dusk from Magnus-Hirschfeld-Ufer with Victory Column & Tiergarten in background – 30 Nov 2006

Tasman (Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand)

Tasman Lake (lower centre) from which the Tasman river flows into Lake Pukaki (upper centre) – 21 Jul 2012

Thames (London, England)

From Tate Modern, across to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge – 25 Jul 2005

Tiền (Mỹ Tho, Vietnam)

This northern branch of the Mekong is also called sông Tiền or sông Tiền Giang – 26 Jun 2012

Trave (Lübeck, Germany)

Picturesque Malerwinkel (painters’ corner) – 29 Sep 2009

Vltava (Prague, Czech Republic)

“I love you”, from Letná hill – 5 Dec 2008

Waiho (Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand)

River’s headwaters at Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere) – 20 Jul 2012

Wailoa Stream (Waipio Valley, Hawaii)

Where the Wailoa Stream exits the Waipio Valley and enters the Pacific – 21 Jan 2012

Waimakariri (near Bealey, New Zealand)

On KiwiRail TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth – 18 Jul 2012

Yarra (Melbourne, Australia)

Etihad Stadium in the rehabilitated Docklands – 28 Aug 2012

I made all of the photos above between 2005 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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