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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).

The fourth 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 44 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate 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. Colorado, at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
  6. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  7. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  8. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  9. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  10. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  11. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  12. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  13. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  14. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  15. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  16. Ilz, in Passau, Germany
  17. Inn, in Innsbruck, Austria
  18. Isar, in Scharnitz, Austria
  19. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  20. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  21. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  22. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  23. Moselle, in Koblenz*, Germany
  24. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  25. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  26. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  27. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  28. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  29. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  30. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  31. Singapore, in Singapore
  32. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  33. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  34. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  35. Thames, in London, England
  36. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  37. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  38. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  39. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  40. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  41. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  42. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  43. Wien, in Vienna, Austria
  44. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

Alster: Hamburg, Germany

Summer afternoon in the Hanseatic city – 26 June 2010 (450D).

Boate: Rapallo, Italy

boats on the Boate, Rapallo, Italy, Italian Riviera, Ligurian Riviera

Night stroll near the Boate’s mouth – 19 June 2008 (450D).

Cam: Cambridge, England

Punting, River Cam, King's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, UK,

Punting next to Clare College (left) and King’s College Chapel – 14 June 2008 (450D).

Capilano: North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Capilano River, Capilano watershed, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Helijet, West Coast Spectacular tour,

This piece of Capilano watershed and wilderness is a few kilometres north of Vancouver – 16 May 2014 (6D1).

Colorado: Grand Canyon, AZ, USA

Courtenay: Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Morning light, Comox Glacier, Courtenay River, Courtenay, BC, Canada,

610am morning light in the Canadian southwest – 14 June 2015 (6D1).

Danube: Bratislava, Slovakia

UFO Bridge, Most SNP, Bratislava Castle, Bratislavsky hrad, Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia,

Over the Danube west, from Stary Most (Old Bridge) to Most SNP – 17 May 2018 (X70).

Elbe: Magdeburg, Germany

Skyline in morning light, state capital city of Saxony-Anhalt – 3 December 2015 (6D1).

Elqui (between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile)

Embalse Puclaro, Puclaro, Rio Elqui, Elqui river, Region de Coquimbo, La Serena, Chile,

For most in the valley, the Elqui river begins at the dammed reservoir – 9 August 2008 (450D).

Fox: Fox Glacier Township, New Zealand

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

River’s headwaters at Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe) – 22 July 2012 (450D).

Fraser: Richmond, BC, Canada

Gera: Erfurt, Germany

Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge) – 26 April 2015 (6D1).

Guadalquivir: Sevilla, Spain

Guadalquivir river, La Giralda, Puente del V Centenario, Sevilla, Seville, Spain, Espana,

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 (450D).

Havel: Potsdam, Germany

Havel, Berlin, Brandenburg, Glienicker Bruecke, Glienicke Bridge, Potsdam, Germany,

East to the Havel on the Glienicke Bridge, a former divide between “East” Brandenburg and “West” Berlin – 8 Dec 2015 (6D1).

Iguazu: Argentina-Brazil border

Foz do Iguacu, Cataratas do Iguacu, Brazil,

From the Brazilian side to the Argentinian side – 13 June 2007 (A510).

Ilz: Passau, Germany

Dreiflüsseeck, Ortspitze, Donau, Danube, Ilz, Inn, Passau, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Passau is where the Ilz river converges with the Danube – 13 December 2012 (450D).

Inn: Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Nordkette, Inn river, Tirol, Tyrol, Oesterreich, Austria,

Innsbruck, Nordkette, and the Inn river – 10 May 2018 (6D1).

Isar: Scharnitz, Austria

Scharnitz bypass, Porta Claudia, Isar river, Scharnitz pass, Scharnitz, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich,

New and the old: Scharnitz bypass, Porta Claudia, Isar river – 12 May 2018 (6D1).

Loisach: Zugspitze, Germany

From Zugspitze: north to the valley floor and the Ammergebirge mountains beyond – 9 Oct 2010 (450D).

Main: Würzburg, Germany

Alte Mainbrücke, Main river, Würzburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland,

A warm autumn afternoon from the Alte Mainbrücke in Würzburg – 17 Oct 2017 (6D1).

Mapocho: Santiago, Chile

Mapocho river, Torre Telefónica Chile, Plaza Baquedano, Andes, Santiago, Chile,

Torre Telefónica Chile towers over Plaza Baquedano with the Andes lurking behind – 22 Oct 2006 (A510).

Mississippi: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Mississippi River, University of Minnesota, Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, downtown Minneapolis, I-35, winter, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA,

City skyline from Washington Avenue Bridge – 8 Mar 2019 (X70).

Moselle: Koblenz, Germany

2nd Deutsches Eck, Deutsches Eck, Mosel, Rhine, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Oberes Mittelrheintal, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, UNESCO, World Heritage,

Mosel (left) flows into the Rhein at the 2nd Deutsches Eck – 27 Nov 2015 (6D1)

Neckar: Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Neckar river, Germany,

East over the Neckar from the Alte Brücke – 25 November 2014 (6D1).

Neisse: Görlitz (DE) — Zgorzelec (PL)

Upper Lusatia (Hornja Łužica, Łużyce Górne, Oberlausitz) – 24 April 2015 (6D1).

Parramatta: Sydney, Australia

Near Cockatoo Island, from the city-ferry heading east to Circular Quay – 14 April 2013 (450D).

Potomac: Washington, DC, USA

Potomac river, Arlington Memorial Bridge, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC, USA,

East on Arlington Memorial Bridge: Lincoln Memorial (left), Washington Monument (centre), Jefferson Memorial (right) – 8 January 2006 (A510).

Rhine: St. Goar, Germany

Loreley, St. Goar, Rhein, Rhine, Oberes Mittelrheintal, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Loreley near St. Goar: part of Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site – 24 May 2016 (6D1).

Río de La Plata: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rio de La Plata, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Puerto Madero – 27 March 2011 (450D).

Saône: Lyon, France

Saône, Passerelle du Palais de Justice, Croix Rousse, Lyon, France,

From Pont Bonaparte over to Passerelle du Palais de Justice (foreground) and the slopes of Croix Rousse beyond – 13 June 2010 (450D).

Singapore (river): Singapore (city state)

Singapore river, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Singapore,

Northeast from Cavenagh Bridge to Anderson Bridge – 3 July 2012 (450D).

Spree: Berlin, Germany

Elsenbrücke, Molecule Men, Jonathan Borofsky, Oberbaumbrücke, Spree, Fernsehturm, ThatTowerAgain, Berlin, Germany,

Molecule Men on the Spree – 13 November 2016 (6D1).

Swan: Perth, Australia

Swan River, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Mitchell Freeway Narrows Bridge, Perth, Western Australia, Australia,

From Kings Park & Botanic Garden, east beyond Mitchell Freeway Narrows Bridge – 15 September 2012 (450D).

Tasman: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Air Safaris, Southern Alps, Westland National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Tasman Lake (lower centre), Tasman river flows into Lake Pukaki (upper centre) – 21 July 2012 (450D).

Thames: London, England

Thames, Tate Modern, St. Paul's Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom,

From Tate Modern, across to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge – 25 July 2005 (A510).

Tiền: Mỹ Tho, Vietnam

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam,

This northern branch of the Mekong is also called sông Tiền or sông Tiền Giang – 26 June 2012 (450D).

Trave: Lübeck, Germany

Malerwinkel, Trave river, Lübeck, Hansestadt Lübeck, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Deutschland, UNESCO, World Heritage, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe,

Picturesque Malerwinkel (painters’ corner) – 29 September 2009 (450D).

Vltava: Prague, Czech Republic

Socha Bedřicha Smetany, Charles Bridge, Vltava river, Moldau, Petrin, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic,

Mid-autumn morning light – 8 November 2016 (6D1).

Waiho: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

River’s headwaters at Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere) – 20 July 2012 (450D).

Wailoa Stream: Waipio Valley, Hawaii

Waipio Valley Lookout, Waipio Valley, Wailoa Stream, Muliwai Trail, Big Island, Hawaii, USA,

The Wailoa Stream flows through the Waipio Valley below and into the Pacific; Haleakalā on Maui in the distance at right – 21 January 2012 (450D).

Waimakariri: near Bealey, New Zealand

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth,

From KiwiRail TranzAlpine train, from Christchurch to Greymouth – 18 July 2012 (450D).

Weser: Höxter, Germany

Höxter, Weser river, North Rhine-Westphalia, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Deutschland, UNESCO, World Heritage, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe,

The historic town of Höxter – 4 October 2017 (6D1).

Wien: Vienna, Austria

Urania, Wienfluss, Wien river, Danube, Donau, Wien, Oesterreich, Vienna, Austria,

The Urania looks over the spot where the Wien river (left) merges with the Danube (right) – 18 May 2018 (6D1).

Yarra: Melbourne, Australia

Etihad Stadium, Docklands, Yarra river, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,

Etihad Stadium in the rehabilitated Docklands – 28 Aug 2012 (450D).

I wrote about World Water Day here.

I made all of the photos above between 2005 and 2019 with the following devices: Canon A510 PowerShot (A510), Canon XSi/EOS450D (450D), Canon 6D mark 1 (6D1), and a Fujifilm X70 (X70). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

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