Travel Theme: Rivers

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too. It widens and deepens as it rubs and scours, gnaws and kneads, eats and bores its way through the land. Even the greatest rivers – the Nile and the Ganges, the Yangtze and the Mississippi, the Amazon and the great grey-green greasy Limpopo all set about with fever trees – must have been no more than trickles and flickering streams before they grew into mighty rivers.
Are people like that? I wondered. Am I like that? Always me, like the river itself, always flowing but always different, like the water flowing in the river, sometimes walking steadily along andante, sometimes surging over rapids furioso, sometimes meandering with hardly any visible movement tranquilo, lento, ppp pianissimo, sometimes gurgling giacoso with pleasure, sometimes sparkling brillante in the sun, sometimes lacrimoso, sometimes appassionato, sometimes misterioso, sometimes pesante, sometimes legato, sometimes staccato, sometimes sospirando, sometimes vivace, and always, I hope, amoroso.
Do I change like a river, widening and deepening, eddying back on myself sometimes, bursting my banks sometimes when there’s too much water, too much life in me, and sometimes dried up from lack of rain? Will the I that is me grow and widen and deepen? Or will I stagnate and become an arid riverbed? Will I allow people to dam me up and confine me to a wall so that I flow only where they want? Will I allow them to turn me into a canal to use for they own purposes? Or will I make sure I flow freely, coursing my way through the land and ploughing a valley of my own?” ― Aidan Chambers, This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn

The Netherlands
The Netherlands
Africa
Africa
Africa
Africa

I thought I would share some of my earlier travels with you. After I had a play with the images.

Of course no river post would be complete without Styx…so for a musical step back in time, in keeping with the old style theme, here for your pleasure is: Boat On The River.

If you have never heard of the Pink River Dolphins…you will find this fascinating.

In case you have never seen this wonderful movie with Brad Pitt…you really should take the time one night to sit down and let it run through you.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

 

Travel Theme: Rivers

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26 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Rivers”

  1. The sepia photographs are worthy of postcards or book covers.
    Ah, Styx. Memory lane.
    Didn’t know about the Pink Dolphins. Why are humans destroying everything?
    Saw the movie but long ago. I recall my mom raved about it too. ❤

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  2. I always thought that was a terribly strange name for a movie … It’s one of those quotes that really needs the whole context. Lovely pic.s, Jo.

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  3. Your sepia pics are really wonderful, Jo. I loved that Brad Pitt movie, but my very favourite river movie of all time is “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon. It was so terrifying, but the river itself was awesome, and the music absolutely unforgettable.

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    1. I haven’t seen that one but I do remember hearing really good things about it. I will have to see if I can find it to watch. Two of my favourite actors for sure.

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  4. I grew up beside a river, and “I am haunted by waters too” 🙂 Beautiful post and wonderful images Jo. And thank you for the lovely videos.

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