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 40 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. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  21. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  22. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  23. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  24. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  25. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  26. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  27. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  28. Singapore, in Singapore
  29. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  30. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  31. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  32. Thames, in London, England
  33. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  34. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  35. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  36. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  37. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  38. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  39. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  40. 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 (HL)

Cam (Cambridge, England)

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

Capilano (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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

Courtenay (Comox Valley, BC, Canada)

Morning light on Vancouver Island – 14 Jun 2015 (HL)

Danube (Regensburg, Germany)

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

Elbe (Magdeburg, Germany)

Skyline in morning light, state capital city of Saxony-Anhalt – 3 Dec 2015 (HL)

Elqui (between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile)

Dammed river reservoir, facing east – 9 Aug 2008 (HL)

Fox (Fox Glacier, New Zealand)

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

Fraser (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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

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 (HL)

Havel (Potsdam, Germany)

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

Iguazu (Argentina-Brazil border)

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

Inn (Passau, Germany)

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

Isar (München, Germany)

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

Loisach (Zugspitze, Germany)

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

Main (Frankfurt, Germany)

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

Mapocho (Santiago, Chile)

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

Mississippi (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

From Mill City Museum, northeast across 1883 Stone Arch Bridge – 15 Apr 2012 (HL)

Neckar (Heidelberg, Germany)

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

Neisse (Görlitz-Zgorzelec)

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

Parramatta (Sydney, Australia)

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

Potomac (Washington, DC, USA)

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

Rhine (Kestert, Germany)

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

Río de La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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

Saône (Lyon, France)

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

Singapore (Singapore)

Northeast from Cavenagh Bridge to Anderson Bridge – 3 Jul 2012 (HL)

Spree (Berlin, Germany)

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

Swan (Perth, Australia)

From Kings Park and Botanic Garden, east beyond Mitchell Freeway Narrows Bridge – 15 Sep 2012 (HL)

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

Tasman Lake (lower centre), Tasman river flows into Lake Pukaki (upper centre) – 21 Jul 2012 (HL)

Thames (London, England)

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

Tiền (Mỹ Tho, Vietnam)

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

Trave (Lübeck, Germany)

Picturesque Malerwinkel (painters’ corner) – 29 Sep 2009 (HL)

Vltava (Prague, Czech Republic)

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

Waiho (Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand)

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

Wailoa Stream (Waipio Valley, Hawaii)

Exiting the Big Island’s Waipio Valley into the Pacific – 21 Jan 2012 (HL)

Waimakariri (near Bealey, New Zealand)

On KiwiRail TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth – 18 Jul 2012 (HL)

Weser (Höxter, Germany)

The historic town of Höxter – 4 Oct 2017 (HL)

Yarra (Melbourne, Australia)

Etihad Stadium in the rehabilitated Docklands – 28 Aug 2012 (HL)

I made all of the photos above between 2005 and 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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