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Then we set out the lines. Next we slid into the river and had a swim, so as to freshed up and cool off; then we set down on the sandy bottom where the water was about knee deep, and watched the daylight come. Not a sound anywheres – perfectly still – just like the whole world was asleep, only sometimes the bullfrogs a-cluttering, maybe. ~ Huck Finn describes life on the river

Huck Finn and his companion, the escaped slave Jim, are runaways. Hiding by day and gliding along the Mississippi by night. Even while on the lam, Huck finds solace in the peaceful flow of the river.

This week Amy challenges us to share our images of rivers. In her post Amy uses Norman Maclean’s semi-autobiographical novel as the backdrop for her images. Good choice. The book is magical and the movie is a superb adaptation. When I was younger and contemplating retirement I dreamt of settling in a cabin near the Blackfoot River from McClean’s story. Seems like a good place to be now.

Follow the link to Amy’s The World is a Book to see her images of Banff, Colorado the Nile and even a statue in Rome.

My river story takes place in Oregon on the Klamath and the Umpqua and on California’s Stanislaus River.

Klamath River

Dawn or dusk, a riverbank is a place of sublime tranquility.

Klamath 1

Dawn on a bend in the Klamath

Klamath 4

Morning fog on a Klamath dawn

In the calm slow stretches the river serenades with a peaceful, trickling murmur.  Klamath 2

Umpqua River

The Umpqua is a fly fisherman’s paradise.  During our drive through Oregon we stayed at a small resort on the banks of the Umpqua.  Umpqua River 1

I’m not a fly fisherman and I hesitated to commit the sacrilege of spin fishing amongst the fly fishermen so I satisfied myself with some early morning photography. Umpqa River 3

The rushing water of the rapids speaks in a refreshing tone, not harsh, but clear and clean.  Umpqa River 4

Close your eyes and even the roar of a falls can paint a picture of peace.

Umpqua 5

Umpqua Falls

Stanislaus River

The Stanislaus River where it runs through Calaveras Big Trees has been one of my favorite places since I was a child.  Four generations of my family have camped at Calaveras and fished the Stanislaus.  My father and I would get up well before dawn.  He would boil some hot water for his coffee and my cocoa and then we would head out to the river.

You arrive where the river is spanned by a tall bridge.  Here you clamber down the giant  boulders to the bank, find a nice flat section of rock and settle in for a morning of fishing.  When I took these photos I was looking for the rapids, but just downstream you find deep pools that usually produce a nice morning breakfast; bacon, fresh trout, fried potatoes and steaming coffee. Big Trees 3

Big Trees 2

Big Trees 1

A view from the bridge. In the lower left is the first of a series of deep pools ideal for fishing.  It’s in this pool that my son caught his first fish when he was a boy.

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25 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It.

  1. Sheree says:

    What gorgeous photos!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Sheree. I’m looking forward to a virus free summer when I can go back to the Stanislaus and fish.

      1. Sheree says:

        Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later

  2. Tina Schell says:

    A beautiful post Paulie – the final image of the Klamath in the morning fog is simply magical. I loved all of these. My husband is addicted to fly fishing and goes often with my brother. I went once and while I found my first catch to be thrilling and the peace and quiet on the river to be wonderful, I was put off by my perception of the fish’s pain and chose not to do it again. Different strokes as they say!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Tina. I have to admit that as I’ve gotten older I’ve had mixed feelings about fishing for just the same reason that you mentioned.

  3. Stunning images! I can almost hear the sound of the rapids.

  4. Amy says:

    Hi Paulie, I looked forward to seeing your river photos, as I was working on mine. It is such a treat to see the rush water of rapids and roar of a falls via your lens; they bring special feelings as watching the river runs through it .
    So wonderful to read your sweet memories at the Stanislaus River. And, thank you for taking us to the Klamath River to enjoy the scene of the dawn.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Stay well Amy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those are nice photos and bring such a feeling of calm serenity. Once we’re back to “normal”, the Anglers Pond in Golden Gate Park is the place to go to learn/practice fly casting.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you for the tip. I think there are some classes also offered in Berkeley which is a little closer to home and if I’m not mistaken REI offers classes. Thank you for visiting and for the kind words.

  6. David says:

    Very nice shots!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you David. Stay well.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Excellent excellent. Great greens, superb silky-water effects. Well done.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you John. Your kind comments are always appreciated.

  8. Magic Paulie just magic. Great photos.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you! Much appreciated.

  9. aekshots says:

    Great shots Paulie…I think you made the right choice of the camera over the fishing rod. 🙂 And that breakfast sure does sound good!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you. On that particular trip the camera was about the only option. Nobody was catching fish. It was the first time I can remember having gone to the Stanislaus and gotten “skunked.”
      And yes there is really nothing like a camp breakfast from the opening smells to the final sip of coffee.

  10. Scott Blake says:

    Those are some great shots. Something about rivers and the ocean breaking upon the shore that are very calming.

    1. Paulie says:

      I remember going to the beach early in the morning when I was unemployed. I would go for a run and then lay down in the sun, close my eyes and just let the crashing waves lull me to sleep. Good times except for the unemployed part.

  11. Beautiful photos of the rivers, Paulie. Excellent shots of distant and close-up photos.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Miriam!

      1. You’re welcome, Paulie!

  12. Such beautiful images of the flowing river, so soft and silky looking!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Sylvia. Rivers are a favorite subject of mine.

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