The River Is Calling

 Photographer: @andybest

Location: Alberta

If the snowcapped, skyward mountains are Earth’s beating heart, then the cascading and meandering rivers are Earth’s arteries. Rivers are the aqueous conduits of energy and life that, perhaps more than any other feature on earth, have shaped and molded our environment and the way we live. They are the highway by which millions of wary salmon return home to revitalize their birthplace and those who also call their natal streams home, be it a mink, otter, deer or stonefly. They choose the path of least resistance, exemplified by the their effortless descending cascade to the sea, which reveals a relationship defined by synergy and symbiosis, as the saline, cold, productive waters of our coastal oceans receive a nourishing pulse of energy that feeds the plankton who nourish the krill which feed earth’s largest animal, the blue whale. Rivers rejuvenate, enliven and carve their signature in the land while braiding our valleys with ribbons of green, blue and brown hues. They are the patron saints, architects and engineers of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Columbia River Gorge. Rivers, “swift or smooth, broad as the Hudson or narrow enough to scrape your gunwales, every river is a world of its own, unique in pattern and personality. Each mile on a river will take you further from home than a hundred miles on a road.” - Bob Marshall

 

By Charles Post