Saturday, March 15, 2008

Huang Pu, Chao Phraya, Brandywine Rivers

I love rivers. They are the most beautiful and interesting places I know of, from the Huang Pu or riding along a Khlong speedboat inside of Bangkok, to the Jelab in India or the Ganges at Varanasi. Rivers are time in motion, they never stop moving or changing; not even for a second, but they capture the life of a land and its people. Rivers always take you where you need to go, as long as you go by boat.

This is the Huang Pu River in Shanghai. It flows on its own surrounded by a highly developed and sophisticated city where you can buy anything you want. This nice overview picture is from a postcard but captures the commercial activity surrounding the river and the Shanghai needle in the background.

Here is the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River in Bangkok which is life blood of the city, it is along the docks near Wat Sulthawat and not far from Wat Arun. Down the river from here is the popular tourist district. People use speed boats for transportation between Bangkok Noi and the main districts of the city and the sky train.

The Delaware River has been the life-blood of the people of Delaware since we settled here, it is home of our commerce with the world. Shooting from it are the Christiana, and the Brandywine like two great natural arteries. This picture in autumn captures the natural life and silent movement of the Brandywine River away from the rumble of Wilmington.

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