Finding a place or moment of peace and serenity is more important now than ever. Always connected, always plugged in, always up-to-date; we are energized and stimulated at all times. Kelli Lowe of Schmidt Fine Art Gallery offers this piece, Low Flow by Lowe, to serve as your gateway to a more blissful existence. Reconnecting with nature is a vital component of our lives, and we find something magical in the running waters of rivers, streams, creeks, and brooks. The frollicking sounds of water trickling over rock create a tender symphony to accompany the singing of birds or the wind whooshing through the swaying trees. These natural water sources are an oasis for all land creatures, a meeting point in the center of the circle of life.
In ‘Low Flow by Lowe’, the quiet river reflects the lush greenery that lines its banks. The driftwood in the forefront of the natural landscape seems to even flow in the same direction, pointing to the flow and connectedness of all things. In the backdrop of the landscape, the river bends out into the distance and seemingly flows into eternity, for the end is nowhere in sight.
World Rivers Day falls on the fourth Sunday in the month of February, and it is a celebration of these vital sources of water. During this day, global communities come together and participate in clean-up drives but also have fun with water activities like river rafting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and more. In honor of World Rivers Day, let’s dive into some interesting facts about rivers that you can share with your friends at your next topographical-themed dinner party.
Let’s start with defining a river, and comparing them to other flowing bodies of water. A river is defined as naturally running water that flows down a well-defined, permanent waterway; rivers are usually found within a valley. A stream, which are also referred to as brooks or creeks (yes they are the same thing… shocker), is also a naturally running water system that typically flows down a relatively temporary path; these are usually not found in a valley.
Here are some interesting facts about these mighty waterways:
- Three of the longest rivers on Earth are:
- River Nile in Africa which flows through eleven African countries.
- Next is the Amazon river in South America; this river also holds the title for being the widest in the world.
- Finally, the Yangtze River in China; this river happens to be the longest river on Earth to flow completely within the borders of one country.
- The River Ganga in India is known as the holiest of rivers due to its historical significance in India and Hinduism. In fact, the Goddess Ganga is a worshipped entity in Hinduism.
- Although they serve as a vital source of freshwater, rivers and lakes make up less than 1% of the world’s total water volume. Over 99% of the Earth’s water supply either sits in the saltwater ocean, or is frozen in the polar ice caps.
- In 2007, a man named Martin Strel successfully swam across the entire length of the Amazon river. To finish this miraculous feat through the dangerous Amazon jungle, Martin had to swim and stay afloat ten hours a day for 66 continuous days.
- Contrary to popular belief, rivers are not just blue; they can be found in a myriad of colors. Besides clear or muddy brown, there are also ‘blackwater rivers’, which are rivers that are found in swamps and wetlands where the waters mimic the blackness of black tea. Also, the River of Five Colors (also known as the Liquid Rainbow) in Colombia gives life to the aquatic plants of Caño Cristales which make the river flow with bright blue, red, black, yellow and green.
- There are rivers that do not flow over land… in fact, some rivers may be flowing right underneath your feet without you ever knowing. These are known as ‘subterranean rivers‘ and they flow secretly beneath the surface. Subterranean rivers occur both naturally as well as due to human construction. London’s ‘lost rivers’ are such rivers that were forced underground due to the growth of the city. Conversely, in the Philippines, the Puerto Princesa Underground River flows underneath a mountain for five miles, and finally deposits into the South China Sea.
These river facts serve as a brilliant accompaniment when you showcase the blissful ‘Low Flow by Lowe’ in your home, office, or Kayak rental shop. Let it serve as a reminder of the flow of life, and the peaceful underworkings of nature and those things that are bigger than you and I.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art on canvas or digital that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.