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Robert Macfarlane
Word of the day: "kawaakari" - the glow of a river or stream in darkness or dusk, the gleaming surface of a shadowed river (Japanese 川明かり). Kawaakari can refer to the reflection of the moonlight off flowing water, or the gleam of late sun at dusk. Ty
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rowan ⭐ Mr Manhattan 🍸 May 25
Does this count? It's not a river, but...
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Patrick Limb May 25
Kinabatangan kawaakari
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Day Novel May 25
Beautiful illustrative photographs
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John MacPherson May 25
Lovely. Reminds me of something I read by George Mackay Brown about his returning to Kirkwall on his bicycle in the dark late one winter evening and seeing Kirkwall Harbour... "brimming full of glooms and gleams".
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Natalie Claire Baker May 25
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Mark Hopkins May 25
What a beautiful turn of phrase 😍
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Jujubeans May 25
Reminds of this haiku: Deftly the new moon brushes a silver haiku on the tips of waves. (Kyoshi)
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Rudi van Etteger May 25
Kawaakari on the River Rhine
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John MacPherson May 25
It was probably thirty years ago I read it and its stuck with me since! I wish I could recall which book it was in. Must have a poke about in the bookshelf!
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Adam B May 26
- from Latin: Obumbro - to shadow over and over: to make dark with shadow; to defend: to save or keep from danger. Obumbratus amnis - a river shadowed with trees. - Cooper’s Thesaurus Linguae Romanae & Britannicae, 1578.
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Nicole Mackey ☕ May 26
They have such great words! Like the one for "forest bathing"
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Rêve-Ree May 26
Komorebi is one of my faves :-)
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Greg H May 26
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Hayley Green May 26
Saw this on the sea coming home the other night at about 23.30. From the west mainland of Orkney
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Seán Cahill May 26
Thanks Robert! Didn't know there was a word for it. But I often lived it as youngster, when I used to flyfish at dusk on my local river. Literally the only thing visible was that glow from the water, interrupted by the occasional ripple from rising trout.
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DriedInk May 26
Burning question: where to you get your photos ? Or is it a trade secret? 🤔
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Carmelrose May 26
I’ve written a poem about that light, I didn’t know it had a special name! How wonderful!
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Yasmin Canvin May 26
We’ve learned another lovely word describing the natural world in Japan, komorebi; dappled sunlight filtered through the leaves of trees
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James Lomax May 26
Oh, great. There are good Japanese nature word-ideas.
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