Po River, Latin Padus, longest river in Italy, rising in the Monte Viso group of the Cottian Alps on Italy’s western frontier and emptying into the Adriatic Sea in the east after a course of 405 miles (652 km). Its drainage basin covers 27,062 square miles (70,091 square km), forming Italy’s widest and most fertile plain.
Flowing eastward in its upper course, the Po is rapid and precipitous, descending about 5,500 feet (1,700 m) in its first 22 miles (35 km). Just west of Saluzzo the Po turns sharply northward, flows through Turin and skirts the Monferrato upland, then turns east at Chivasso and continues in a generally easterly course to its delta on the Adriatic.
The Po forms the boundary between the regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna (south) and Veneto (north). It receives the waters of the Dora Riparia and the Dora Baltea below Turin; other principal tributaries are the Sesia, Ticino, Adda, Oglio, and Mincio from the north. Among the many streams that drain into the Po from the south, the Tanaro (from the Maritime Alps) and the Scrivia and Trebbia (from the Apennines) are important; but many of the others are rain-fed and torrential and carry little water through much of the year. Throughout its middle and lower courses the Po describes many meanders, which have left oxbows (circular lakes).
Its delta is among the most complex of any European river, with at least 14 mouths, usually arranged in five groups (from north to south): the Po di Levante, Po di Maestra, Po della Pila, Po delle Tolle, and Po di Goro e di Gnocca. Of these mouths, the Po della Pila carries the greatest volume of water and is the only navigable one.
The Po is navigable from its mouth to Pavia. At Pontelagoscuro, 60 miles (96 km) from the sea, the Po’s average discharge is 48,400 cubic feet (1,370 cubic m) per second, with variations from 910 to 340,000 cubic feet (26 to 9,630 cubic m), although in the great flood of 1951 the discharge was estimated at 424,000 cubic feet (12,000 cubic m) per second. The most devastating floods have been those of 589, 1150, 1438, 1882, 1917, 1926, 1951, 1957, and 1966, all in the autumn.
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kasianowak (2459) 2013-01-20 0:10
Amazing light and colours. Clever composition consisting of layers of light and dark. The rule of thirds works perfectly well here.
CLODO (24918) 2013-01-20 2:52
welcome on TE
Superb vivid nature colors!
bayno (16431) 2013-01-20 2:56
bellissimo paesaggio, stupenda la luce e i colori, grande profondità con dettagli chiari sino in fondo con le belle silhouttes degli alberi...
JFS (32429) 2013-01-20 2:58
Amazing shot paolo! It is so nice that seems unreal! I love it!
Thanks and best regards,
ikeharel (38130) 2013-01-20 3:02
I had seen the PO from many angels, mainly where its
tributaries near Aosta, also along it's flow in Piedmonte and part of lombardia - but never had the chance to see such a stunning dawn over( and/or maybe snsets time's).
Beautiful orange/yellow tones eflect over water-surface, silhouettes of the trees along.
Salute e buona domanica,
dta (52274) 2013-01-20 3:40
Ciao Paolo ,
This sky has wonderful colors , and the landscape is splendid .
A great composition .
Sergiom (40207) 2013-01-20 6:06
Bienvenue sur le site et tu fais ton entrée avec un gros bang.Un coucher de soleil de toute beauté qui se reflète dans les eaux calmes. De toute beauté.
Nicou (98813) 2013-01-20 7:40
merveilleuse iamge colorée fantastique vue et captage quelle couleur et compo quelle vue et ciel avec les reflets, tout ce fond superbe.
Bravo et amitié
irek1 (588) 2013-01-20 7:41
Hi Paolo, colors of the sky are amazing. Just colors create the athmosphere of this photo and it's great. Thanks for extensive note for this image. Regards. Irek
cornejo (18744) 2013-01-20 11:45
Ciao Paolo, mi piace questa composizione interessante e bella con meraviglioso cielo retroilluminato affascinante e drammatico, perfettamente inquadrato, con eccellente nitidezza, profondità molto buona, splendida luce e colore. Immagine eccellente e affascinante perfettamente fatto, ottimo lavoro il mio amico. I miei complimenti. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buona sera e felice inizio di settimana.
I migliori auguri dalla Spagna meridionale.
yquem46 (32857) 2013-01-21 0:12
Back to you Paolo
I missed this one when it was posted
What a shot, certainly one that i'd like to have in my own gallery
delpeoples (45735) 2013-01-21 2:44
Che dire? Questa foto e' stupenda, i colori sono come un bel sogno. Perfetto l'esposizione ed il controluce. Il Fiume e' come uno specchio d'argento. Posso vedere la mano del mago qui, complimenti,la foto e' straordinaria.
Un caro saluto da Sidney
marbling2004 (67) 2013-01-21 15:43
color is beatiful:)
brianmcc (5536) 2013-01-22 11:37
the colours in the sky and the reflections in the water are wonderful. so dramatic and visually striking. the silhouetted lines of trees on either side of the river help create a beautiful scene with a fantastic peaceful and tranquil mood.
have a lovely evening,
- Copyright: paolo ardiani (paoloardiani) (96)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-22
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tipica Italia II, Kasia's Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-19 23:38