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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 41 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. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

Alster: Hamburg, Germany

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

Boate: Rapallo, Italy

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

Cam: Cambridge, England

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

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 (HL).

Colorado: Grand Canyon, AZ, USA

Courtenay: Comox Valley, BC, Canada

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

Morning light in the Canadian southwest – 610am on 14 June 2015 (HL).

Danube: Regensburg, Germany

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

Elbe: Magdeburg, Germany

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

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 (HL).

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 (HL).

Fraser: Richmond, BC, Canada

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

Gera: Erfurt, Germany

Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge) – 26 April 2015 (HL).

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.

Iguazu: Argentina-Brazil border

Foz do Iguacu, Cataratas do Iguacu, Brazil,

From the Brazilian side to the Argentinian side – 13 June 2007.

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 (HL).

Inn: Innsbruck, Austria

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

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

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 (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)

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 (HL)

Neckar: Heidelberg, Germany

Neisse: Görlitz (DE) — Zgorzelec (PL)

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

Parramatta: Sydney, Australia

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

Potomac: Washington, DC, USA

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

Rhine: Kestert, Germany

Part of 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 March 2011 (HL).

Saône: Lyon, France

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

Singapore (river): Singapore (city state)

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

Spree: Berlin, Germany

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

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

Swan: Perth, Australia

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

Tasman: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

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

Thames: London, England

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

Tiền: Mỹ Tho, Vietnam

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

Trave: Lübeck, Germany

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

Vltava: Prague, Czech Republic

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

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

Waiho: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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

Wailoa Stream: Waipio Valley, Hawaii

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

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 (HL).

Weser: Höxter, Germany

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

Yarra: Melbourne, Australia

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

I wrote about World Water Day here.

I made all of the photos above between 2005 and 2018. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins DOT com as

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