Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

river is a large, natural stream of flowing water. Rivers are found on every continent and on nearly every kind of land.

National Georgraphic

Some of you may notice that the theme title for this week is borrowed from “A River Runs Through it” by Norman Maclean. I’ve included a number of quotes from Maclean’s novel throughout today’s post.

“The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.”

The Bow river runs through Banff:

“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.”

A river runs through a village of Estes Park, Colorado:

“Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect”

The Nile runs through several countries. The northern section of the river runs almost entirely through the Sudanese desert to Egypt, and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. 

Fishing in on Nile:

See how ancient Egyptians fished (approx. 4,000 years ago).

Watching the sun setting on the Nile was an unforgettable experience:

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  — Norman Maclean

I would like to use part of the Fountain of the Four Rivers story here, which I published some years ago, to close this theme. This statue stands in the center of the Piazza Navona in Rome, it is Bernini’s largest and most celebrated work (1648 to 1651). This giant figures symbolize four greatest rivers: the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata.

The figure symbolizing the Nile River has some additional meaning to it. Some said that it indicated the source of the Nile was then unknown (at least by Europeans). Many others believed that Bernini disapproved of the church building in the piazza. So, he deliberately covered the Nile figure (right side) and the other three seemed to turn away from the church in disgust.

Special thanks to Patti (pilotfishblog) for her wise words and insights. In her Chaos post, Patti said, “… It reveals our limitations, our misconceptions, our hubris.  It is humbling and often terrifying.  But from this place, we learn new truths which can serve us and future generations.” She also emphasizes, “It’s critically important that we listen….not to the rumors, not to the politicians, but the scientists and our wisest citizens.” Click here to visit Patti’s site for more.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her inspiring Chaos theme. Have you seen these?

Nes Felicio Photograph: Praying for Order Out of Chaos

Laura (poetrypix.com) uses slow shutter speed to express chaos. Welcome to LAPC!

Rusa (Oh, the Places We See . . .) takes us to Hanoi.

Ann-Christine, Patti, Tina, and I look forward to seeing your photos of rivers running down mountains, through valleys, along plains where you are or you have traveled, and we also love to read your stories. Be sure to link your post here, use the original post link (NOT from the WP Reader) and to add the Lens-Artists TAG so that we can more easily find you. For your convenience, here is the URL for my original post https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/river/

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) LAPC #90 on March 28th. 

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